Frequently Asked Questions

Botox® FAQs

What are facial injections and specifically what is the product called Botox®?
Botox® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and is used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (results vary from person to person but can last between 2-6 months).

Botox® is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Individual results may vary.

Does it hurt?
When your forehead is injected, the worst it will feel like is a scratch or an ice cream headache.
Will you be able to tell I’ve had it?

Sometimes your forehead will be slightly marked for an hour but generally people leave and go about their day. Make up can be applied right away to conceal any marks.

Why can only prescribers give you facial injections such as Botox®?
Firstly, Botox® is a prescription only drug and only fully qualified Botox® doctors and nurses should prescribe and carry out your treatment. You will be treated with genuine FDA approved Botox® which is why you can expect the best results that last longer.

Botox® injections are non-invasive and most often used to smooth away forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and laughter lines to give your skin a fresher, more youthful appearance. The effects can last up to 3 to 4 months.

Are all injectable products called Botox®?
Some back street suppliers say they are using Botox®. Botox®, however is a trade name specifically owned by a company trading as Allergan. Other products include Azzalure, Bo Couture or Dysport.

The muscle relaxant Botox® is an anti-ageing treatment commonly used to help smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Laughing, smiling, frowning and lifestyle factors all contribute to the development of facial lines and wrinkles.

Can I drink alcohol after treatment?
All we ask is that you have no alcohol on treatment day, avoid tilting your head forwards for a few hours afterwards and do not exercise for 24 hours. If you’ve any temporary discomfort, just take ordinary painkillers.
How does Botox work?
Botox® is a prescription medicine that works by blocking the nerve impulses to the injected muscles. The muscles then relax, are unable to contract and in turn lines and wrinkles relax and soften to give you a younger looking complexion.  

Botox® is a prescription medicine that is used to improve the look of frown lines across the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes and other many other areas.

Why do we get fine lines?
Over time, your face will naturally start to develop fine lines and wrinkles as collagen and elastin break down. These fibres help support the skin structures which in turn help to maintain a smooth looking complexion. When the collagen and elastin fibres break down, skin loses its strength and elasticity and lines and wrinkles begin to appear.

Over exposure to sun on holidays, smoking, city living with high pollution, squinting at monitors and mobile phone screens – all these factors can take their toll on your skin. The stress of a busy life can accelerate the ageing process leaving your skin with tired lines and wrinkles. Most people first notice fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes and mouth

How quickly does it work?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
How long does it last?
Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to us about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Will I still be able to move my face?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox® will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

All treatments are individualised to the patient’s needs and goals.

When can’t you have anti-wrinkle injections?
• had an allergic reaction, allergies or side effect to any other botulinum toxin product in the past
• have a skin infection at the planned injection site
• a disease that affects your muscles and nerves
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
• are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed
What’s the very worst side effect?
  • dry mouth 
  • discomfort or pain at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache or neck pain
  • eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of eyelids and dry eyes
  • redness
  • infection
I’ve heard Botox can be used to stop sweating?
This is called hyperhidrosis.

Botox® can also be used as an effective treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) in areas such as the armpits or hands. It can be injected into sweat glands to block nerve impulses that cause your body to sweat without affecting other nerve functions.

Lip Enhancement FAQs

Why do people get their lips injected?
Ageing naturally causes your lips to become thinner and lose definition. Where you’re likely to notice most is around the ‘Cupid’s Bow’ – the V-shaped area of your upper lip. You may have used make-up to disguise things, but make-up can bleed down the vertical wrinkles and actually highlight the problem.
What’s so good about getting your lips done?
Lip fillers can be used to give you youthful looking, plump lips. People of all ages with naturally thin or thinning lips can benefit from lip enhancement treatment.

• A more defined smile
• Enhance your pout
• Can help turn the corners of the mouth upwards
• Give lips a more youthful looking appearance

Does it hurt?
Lips are sensitive, therefore a local anaesthetic (cream or dental block) is first applied to the lips to ensure the area is numb. Lip fillers are then very carefully injected into the area required to give you more natural fuller lips.
How long does it take to get your lips done?
The whole lip enhancement procedure should take as little as 30 minutes. To discuss how you can achieve fuller lips with more definition. You can bring in pictures to show us your desired results or we can show you our gallery of before and afters to help inform your choice.
How quickly does it work?
The results of lip enhancement treatment are immediate and should last up to 6 months. To maintain volume and definition, you may need a top-up. After any initial swelling and possible bruising subsides, you should be left with beautifully full and plump looking lips.

Dermal Fillers FAQs

What are dermal fillers?
We use a range of approved, premium dermal fillers and can be used by a qualified and trained practitioner as an effective treatment for deep lines and wrinkles. They can help reduce deep lines and wrinkles, fill hollows and smooth the contours of your face. Anti-ageing facial fillers are the non-surgical way to achieve younger looking skin and provide volume for tired lines and wrinkles.

As your skin ages, it loses the collagen that helps shape and support it. Natural lines and wrinkles deepen. Sun exposure, smoking, air pollution, weight loss and even stress can all age your appearance. The face can also begin to lose volume giving sunken cheeks & temples and a ‘dragged down’ appearance.

How do they work?
We use a range of premium dermal filler products that can help you achieve the desired result. It will depend on the area being treated as to which product our qualified practitioner would recommend as the most suitable.

Facial fillers can plump up your skin, smooth wrinkles and fill out deep lines by replacing the collagen lost due to natural ageing or skin damage.

Premium dermal fillers are injected in small controlled doses just under the surface of skin of the area to be treated. This fills out the sunken areas and lines to give a smoother, firmer and more refreshed appearance. Depending on the type of dermal filler used, results can last from 6 to 24 months.

What is it really?
Small amounts of dermal filler are injected directly into the skin using an ultra-fine needle. After cleansing the area to be treated, a numbing cream or dental block will be applied. This ensures the injections administered by the qualified doctor or nurse will only cause minor discomfort.

The gel administered helps to plump up the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles. If the lips or facial contours are being treated, the filler adds volume, restores shape and gives a fuller, fresher appearance.

Dermal filler treatments at City Aesthetics Chester are only carried out by fully qualified doctors and nurses.

What happens after the treatment?
Afterwards, there might be a small amount of swelling which will quickly subside. Depending on the area treated, it usually takes no longer than 30 minutes and you can leave the clinic as soon as you are ready to do so.

Minimal recovery time is required after dermal filler treatment and you can return to normal activities straight away. You may experience some slight swelling or bruising to the area being injected and typically doesn’t last longer than 48 hours. Your aesthetician will discuss your recovery and what to expect when you attend your appointment.

How much difference will it make?
Facial fillers plump up your skin, smooth wrinkles and fill out deep lines by replacing the volume lost due to natural ageing or skin damage. They’re also used to add volume to cheeks and lips and you’ll experience a fuller, more supple appearance in the areas treated.

Chemical Peels FAQs

How do I understand chemical facial peels?
Over the years, your skin can gradually appear dull and lifeless. This can be caused by dead skin cells that accumulate and clog up your skin.
Chemical facial peels aim to remove the dead skin cells from the skins surface to allow new healthy skin cells to grow back creating smoother looking skin.

They can also be used to treat blemishes, scars and help reduce the signs of ageing. We offer a wide range of chemical peels here at City Aesthetics Chester ranging from our bespoke Red Carpet Light Peel with no downtime to our stronger TCA peels.

Our specially trained aestheticians will discuss the most suitable peel to achieve the results you want as part of your personalised treatment plan.

What are the benefits of facial peels?
• An accelerated form of exfoliation to revitalise skin tone and improve texture
• Can be used to rejuvenate skin around the eyes and mouth and on the face, neck, hands, forearms and chest
• Can help to reduce acne scarring, reverse sun damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, remove hyper-pigmentation, liver spots and other signs of ageing
What are the results of chemical facial peels?
A chemical peel treatment removes the layers of dead skin to reveal fresher looking, brighter and rejuvenated skin. Milder ‘superficial’ skin peels can be used as an extension of your beauty regime and repeated at certain intervals.
What is the downtime for a chemical peel?
The whole process usually takes around 30 minutes.

Some chemical peels are single treatments and involve no downtime. Others require a course of treatments with a 7 to 10 day recovery period and the use of sunblock as your skin can be quite sensitive. After any chemical peel you are free to leave the clinic as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.