How do I know if I am a candidate for neuromodulators and dermal fillers?
At Refined Image Ottawa, a thorough assessment will be done to determine if you are a good candidate for these treatments. Ideal candidates are over the age of 18, are in good general health and have moderately realistic expectations of the treatment and results. These treatments are not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding has a neuromuscular condition or autoimmune disease.
When will I see results from my treatment?
For neuromodulators, results can be seen within a few days, however, a full 14 days is required to see full results. A touch up is never done before 2 weeks or after 3 weeks unless otherwise discussed with your injector. Individual results may vary.
For dermal fillers you will see results immediately, however, it takes 2-4 weeks for the dermal filler to integrate and settle to show its end result. Touch-ups are not done before 2 weeks at the earliest.
How long will my results last?
It is important to understand that individual results will vary.
Results from neuromodulators typically last from 3 to 5 months. There are quite a few factors that can impact how long your individual results will last, this will be discussed in detail at your consultation.
The duration of dermal fillers is dependant on which product is chosen and which area it is placed in. Typically dermal fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months. We will go over your treatment in detail at your consultation so that you know how long your specific filler will last.
Are treatments painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Techniques such as cold packs, vibration and a topical anaesthetic can be used to minimize discomfort associated with these procedures. We will go over all that is involved during your appointment so that you know what to expect and which options are available to you to help minimize discomfort.
How long do these procedures take and what is the downtime?
None of our treatments are ever rushed.
Neuromodulators: This is a fairly quick procedure and you are typically in and out of the office within about 10-20 minutes (after the initial consultation). Neuromodulators are quite often done during lunch breaks as there is little to no downtime and any redness usually settles within about 30 minutes. Bruising is not common with this procedure, but it can happen. Makeup application is not recommended for 4-6 hours after your treatment.
Dermal Fillers: This procedure can take a bit longer depending on whether or not we opted for topical freezing. Dermal filler appointments can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. This is a treatment that requires a bit more planning, bruising and swelling afterwards are normal and can take a few days to settle. Makeup application is not recommended for 8-12 hours after your treatment.
PRP: This procedure typically takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on which areas are being treated. Bruising and swelling can occur after this treatment, especially in more sensitive areas around the eyes. Makeup application is not recommended for 6-8 hours after treatment.
Microneedling: This procedure takes about 60 minutes if a full face is being treated. Topical freezing is applied first for about 10-20 minutes to minimize discomfort. Results do vary, however, when you leave the office you will be quite red in the face and may have some swelling as well. The redness will subside each day and typically takes 2-3 days for full recovery. The skin may continue to peel for up to a week.
Is PRP an alternative to filler?
Although PRP is a great treatment to improve skin quality, it is not an alternative to dermal filler, that is used to treat volume loss. We will discuss in detail at your consultation to determine if PRP or dermal fillers are recommended for you.
How often are PRP and microneedling recommended?
Both of these procedures are generally recommended in sessions of 3, at 4-6 week intervals. The required number of sessions depends on what you are trying to improve with the treatment. Scarring, for example, will take more sessions than just trying to improve overall texture.
This procedure can take a bit longer depending on whether or not we opted for topical freezing. Dermal filler appointments can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. This is a treatment that requires a bit more planning. Bruising and swelling afterwards are normal and can take a few days to settle. Makeup application is not recommended for 8-12 hours after your treatment.