FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently
Asked
Questions

Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

Woman having a CoolSculpting evaluationCoolSculpting is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g., gastric bypass), the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of with a BMI of less than 30. To find out if Coolsculpting is suitable for you arrange a 30 mins consultation it only costs £25 and will give you honest answers.

Are filler results like wrinkle anti-wrinkle treatment results?

No, dermal fillers act in a totally different way. Dermal fillers restore skin elasticity and volume to reduce the depth of wrinkles, lines, and folds. The skin remains flexible with movement for a natural look..

Are there any CoolSculpting side effects?

woman having Coolsculpting procedureDuring the CoolSculpting procedure you may initially experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging and aching at the treatment site, but these will subside as the area becomes numb. We use the latest CoolSculpting technology making it more comfortable during treatment than older devices.

Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within 1-2 weeks.

BHRT - What is oestrogen?

Oestrogen helps to release eggs from the ovaries. It also regulates a woman’s periods and helps her to conceive. Oestrogen also plays a part in controlling other functions, including bone density, skin temperature and keeping the vagina moist.

 

BHRT - What is progesterone?

The main role of progesterone is to prepare the womb for pregnancy, helping to protect the lining of the womb. Progesterone also utilises fat for energy, normalises blood sugar levels and is important for cortisol / reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed. Thyroid action and fatigue are also impacted by progesterone levels.

BHRT - What is testosterone?

Women’s ovaries make testosterone. Testosterone production starts to increase significantly during puberty, and begins to dip after you reach 30. Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive, but it also affects bone and muscle mass. 

Can you guarantee to remove my tattoo?

Nobody can make such a guarantee, because so much depends on the quality of the inks used in your tattoo. Tattoo cover-ups can be more difficult due to a mixture of inks. However, our AlexTriVantage medical laser is recognised as one of the world's most efficient and can remove tattoos unlike many salon or tattoo parlour systems which can only fade tattoos. We are a laser service provide to NHS Lothian and therfore can offer you the very best chance of removing your tattoo safely.

Does CoolSculpting require me to follow a diet plan?

No supplements are required after your CoolSculpting treatment and it’s not a diet programme.

At your CoolSculpting consultation you will discuss your lifestyle habits, and we may recommend some changes in order to help you to maintain the best results. However, these are never drastic and could be something as simple as getting more exercise through walking to work or reducing your calorie intake.

Many patients feel more motivated to maintain their shape when they see results. It’s as if they got a second lease on their body!

Does PRP hurt?

Our skilled medical team use topical or local anaesthetic on the areas to be treated to ensure your comfort. While the treatments are painless some aspects of the PRP application, such as injections around the eyes or the amount of blood visible, can cause anxiety, but our medical assistants will be on hand to comfort and calm you.

How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?

Simply arrange a 30 minute consultation with our practitioners who will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan whilst explaining cost options, expected outcomes and any associated risks.
 
As our practitioners perform the consultations, and not sales staff, we charge £25 to £50 for each consultations to cover the costs. This means you get honest advice from which you can make an informed decision and are never pressured into making a decision.

How do Plasma IQ treatments work?

The Plasma IQ ionises the gas particles in the air between the microbeam tip and the skin to produce plasma which sublimates the epidermis. Sublimation is the process of turning a substance from a solid straight into a gas. This method of sublimation is so precise it creates 1 mmsq treatment spots with no heat being transferred to the surrounding tissue making it safer than other energy devices.
 
The sublimation is equivalent to a superficial fractional ablation which results in skin retraction and tightening in the target area, as well as helping to stimulate the production of collagen from the healing response. No electric current is flowing which allows the procedure to be used in delicate areas such as the eyes.

How long do Botox® results last?

Every patient responds differently to Botox® treatments, but typically standard treatment plans produce results that last 3-4 months. Result for Botox® Llight treatment plans will last up to 2 months.

How long is each CoolSculpting treatment?

A man watch a video on his iPad during a Coolsculpting treatmentYour tailored treatment plan will determine the number of appointments and how many areas can be treated at each appointment. Typically individual appointments range from 75 to 160 mins. You can bring in your iPad or tablet and hook up to our WiFi. Many patients read, watch a movie, or even take a nap during their treatments. 

How much does a skin analysis cost?

A skin analysis is performed by our highly trained aestheticians who have the Level 4 Advanced Skin Science qualification. The process takes 30 mins and costs £25. By charging for the service you get honest advice and no team members are pressurised to sell you skincare you don't need.

How painful is laser tattoo removal?

It is no more painful than having the tattoo in the first place. Any discomfort comes from the build up of heat in your skin during a long procedure, so we have an iCool system which you can use to blast cold air on to your tattoo during your treatment to improve your comfort.

How to do I check that the clinic is a safe and professional treatment provider?

The team and clinic is annually inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland who regulate independent hospitals, hospices and clinics in Scotland. The inspections examine our team, treatments and clinical environment, so that you have the invaluable assurance that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment.

I have seen similar devices called HIFU - are they the same as Ultherapy®?

No. Since Ultherapy® has become so successful a number of copy-cat versions have appeared and some are sold to non medical service providers. None of these have been approved for use by the FDA and EU. Importantly none have the ability to allow the practitioner to see before they treat reducing your safety and increasing the risk of complications. Always check you are getting a treatment from a genuine  Ultherapy® machine by a medically qualified practitioner trained in the procedure.

Is an injectable treatment painful?

An injectable treatment is administered using a very fine needle that takes just a few seconds. It’s a quick tiny prick that most patients tolerate very well. If your treatment plan requires several injections at a localised area then a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied to numb the skin.

Is PRP safe?

Yes - the major advantage of PRP is that it involves no foreign substances, because your own growth factors extracted from your own blood are used. Which means there is no risk of any disease transmission or allergic reaction.

Since 2009 medical research on the safety of PRP has been gaining momentum and now both the US FDA and UK's NICE regulatory bodies have confirmed that PRP treatments are safe.

PRP is used by some NHS trusts in accelerating recovery post operations. PRP is also widely used in sports medicine, with famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal benefitting from PRP treatments to sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries.

Is Ultherapy® safe?

The Ultherapy® procedure has been used in over 1 Million treatments worldwide. Ultherapy® is the only micro-focused ultrasound technology that has been reviewed and cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, (one of the World’s most stringent regulatory bodies for healthcare). In the European Union Ultherapy® is CE certified for non-invasive sculpting and lifting of the dermis on the upper and lower face, neck and décolletage (chest). All our Ultherapy® practitioners have receives extensive procedural training, so you can feel confident in their abilities. 

Is Ultherapy® the same as ultrasound in maternity units?

Ultherapy® uses two special types of ultrasound. The first emits parallel lines of ultrasound, just like in the maternity unit ultrasound machines which bounce back and allow your practitioner to see what is immediately under the treatment area.

Once you practitioner is satisfied that he or she is in the right position (i.e. will not hit any blood vessels or bone) the Ultherapy® machine then goes into treat mode where the ultrasound waves cross over at very precise depths. This crossing creates heat and it is this heat energy that initiates the body’s natural response to stimulate the growth of fresh, new collagen and elastin.

Lips - Can I remove my fillers once I get them?

Yes - you can remove hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers if you don't like your lip results. Our skilled medical experts inject an eraser enzyme called hyaluronidase to break up the particles and accelerate the rate at which the fillers break down.

Lips - How long will my filler results last?

How long your lips stay plump and how quickly the filler breaks down really depends on your own body's metabolism. Everyone metabolism will break down the HA fillers at a different rate. In addition more expensive HA fillers have been developed to last longer. So, typically results last 6-12 months 

Lips - What type of filler should I get?

We recommend temporary hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers which are a sugar derivative that is naturally found in your body and is able to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water. For this reason it is a great hydrating ingredient that creates natural looking results that dissolve over time, so you will continue to age naturally.

What are collagen and elastin?

Collagen is a protein that is abundant in our skin and is important in providing strength and stability. It is produced by special cells (called fibroblasts) but over time our skin loses some of its collagen, contributing to skin laxity and sagging. 

Elastin is a highly elastic protein in skin and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched. Again, as we age, our skin loses some elastin which also contributes to sagging and laxity.

Since our faces are constantly subjected to movement & pressure (when we smile, sleep, talk, shout, cry, laugh or sing) the loss of elastin and collagen really can take its toll.

What are possible side effects from Plasma IQ?

Plasma IQ is considered a low risk procedure, however common side effects are temporary pigment change to the treated area that resolve back to your normal skin colour in less than 2 weeks.
 
In rare occurances the treated skin could become lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than the surrounding skin. In very rare occurances the treatment could result in a scar.
 
Hair follicles are easily damaged by Plasma IQ and therfore it is usual for treated areas to become hair free, so it is important to keep the treatment away from the eyebrow.

What happens if I gain weight after CoolSculpting?

Woman examining her body in a mirrorMany people, after seeing their CoolSculpting results feel even more motivated to stay close to their ideal weight.

However, if you do gain weight, your body will store it in your remaining fat cells. This means your weight gain will be more obvious in areas not treated by CoolSculpting where you have more fat cells remaining.

CoolSculpting removes fat cells in targeted areas for body sculpting. It is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss.

What is Sclerotherapy's safety record?

Sclerotherapy has a great safety record and is practiced by the NHS. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) found Micro Sclerotherapy to be effective and that, on average, the Foam Sclerotherapy was effective in 84 out of 100 cases.

Common side effects are temporary blisters, crusts scabs, bruising and pigmentation which will disappear during recovery. In rare cases, usually when aftercare instructions have not been followed, large weeping blisters can appear. In extremely rare cases the treatment can lead to blood clots. Our doctors and nurses provide highest standard of care and should you need support they will answer your questions or resolve any concerns.

What is the difference between home dermarollers and professional microneedling?

Dermaroller devices sold for home use have extremely short needles which only penetrate the skin's surface - typically less than 0.5 mm depth. While these devices can help topical serums penetrate your skin's epidermis they do nothing to stimulate your skin's regeneration.

Professional microneedling systems penetrate your skin at depths of 1.0 - 5.0 mm, depending on the concern being treated. To ensure patient safety, and prevent the risk of infection, professional microneedling should only be carried out at registered clinics by certified professionals. Our clinic has been at the forefront of skin needling for over 10 years and was the first in Scotland to introduce advanced microneedling procedures.

What is the typical CoolSculpting spend?

Woman asking how much CoolSculpting costsYour CoolSculpting investment depends on the number of treatments required to achieve your ultimate goal. Most patients opt to treat multiple body areas in order to achieve their goals. Most spends range between £1,110 - £3,200 with most patient wanting to achieve up to 25% or 31% reduction. Some spend more to get achieve up to 39% reduction.
 
At your 30 mins consultation you can create a customised treatment plan with your practitioner that’s tailored to your body and your goals.

What makes HydraFacial different from other hydraderm procedures?

HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to dislodge and remove impurities and blackhead extraction while simultaneously delivering skin boosting serums for dry skin on face.

What preparation must I follow before a TIXEL® treatment?

Prior to your TIXEL® treatment your skin must have been free from an active tan for 3 weeks. 
 

What results can be expected from a HydraFacial?

Most patients see visible skin rejuvenation in a single HydraFacial treatment which can last up to 7 days and longer. Like most facials its not a quick fix, so we recommend one facial per month for improving oily congested skin, blackhead extraction and dry skin on face. Regular continued facials will maintain healthy skin and results.

What should I expect after a TIXEL® treatment?

After a TIXEL® treatment you should expect the treated skin to have a ‘sunburnt’ feeling and redness which may last for a few days. You will be provided with an SPF50 sun protection cream to protect the skin for 3 weeks.
 
Some micro crusting (small scabbing) should be expected which will clear in 2-3 days. You may use makeup after 48 hours to cover your skin while healing continues - we recommend using mineral makeup such as Jane Iredale.

What side effects can occur with Botox®?

Botox® treatments have been used globally in millions of treatments and are safe and effective when administered by a healthcare professional who has the correct understanding of anatonmy. However, like all medical treatments there can be side effects. Common side effects, which resolve quickly, include tenderness or bruising or redness at injection points. Your healthcare professional will discuss all side effects with you at your consultation, so you can make an informed decision.

When will I see my Botox® results?

It takes up to 14 days for Botox® to fully work. So although you may notice a difference sooner, you must wait 14 days to view the full results. Unless you requested otherwise, results for facial aesthetic treatments should be subtle, making you look refreshed. The difference will be noticeable to you as you know every inch and line of your own face, but hopefully less noticeable to others who simply see you as well-rested. 

Which is better laser or electrolysis hair removal?

Electrolysis can remove 100% of all hair follicles of every colour, but it is slow and uncomfortable. The laser is more comfortable and up to 60 times faster in treating large areas, whilst also being more reliable in ensuring no hair follicles are missed. Therefore electrolysis generally works out more expensive due to the number of treatments required. Consequently we recommend laser for coloured hairs and just using electrolysis for white and grey hairs when required.

Which is better laser or IPL hair removal?

IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that's optimised for maximum follicle absorption. Therefore IPL hurts more and is less effective in an individual session which means you require more IPL treatments to achieve the same result as a laser and have to endure more discomfort. For this reason we recommend laser treatments for hair removal where possible.

Who can have Botox®?

Botox® treatments are suitable for most men and women, but the best way to find out is to arrange a consultation. If you have any of the following contra-indications then please ask about alternate treatments: Pregnancy / breast feeding; Myasthenia gravis; Eaton lambert syndrome; Bell’s or facial palsy and Liver disease.

Who is suitable for PRP?

We provide PRP treatments for skin rejuvenation and to reduce hair loss. We do not treat sports injuries. A consultation and physical examination is required to determine if PRP is a suitable treatment for your concern.

Why choose the DRVICTORIA™ clinic for my HydraFacial?

Our HydraFacial aestheticians are qualified in Advanced Skin Science, trained by HydraFacial and supervised by medical professionals which means you get expert skincare advice and facials appropriate for your skin type. Our genuine HydraFacial machine is serviced and maintained by HydraFacial for optimum performance.