Keeping you informed every step of the way
Deciding to have an aesthetic treatment for the first time can be a big decision for some women and it is natural that you might have a few questions. Here are our most commonly asked questions by new and first time clients.
This is not an exhaustive list and if you have a question about the treatments offered that isn’t listed, then feel free to book a no-obligation consultation with Dr Ivona Paravic who will guide you through any questions and concerns you may have about getting your first treatment.
Will it hurt?
Generally speaking, when it comes to botox most people don’t feel pain but you may feel some minimal discomfort. Having dermal fillers can be a little bit more painful but we use topical anesthetic which will minimise any discomfort. Also most fillers have local anesthetic (lidocaine) already packed in the syringe which provide extended pain free effect for couple of hours
Will I have bruising?
The needles for botox and fillers are very small. However, bruising may occur but it’s not very common. Post filler treatment you may also experience some degree of swelling, which is normal and will resolve within 1-3 days
How long will it last for?
On average botox will last 3-6 months. However, you may find that your first treatment lasts slightly less because your muscle is strong and you may be using it frequently. On average, you can expect your second dose to last twice as long the first one. Dermal fillers last much longer.
Result length depends on which filler is used and which area has been treated. On average lips last 9 months, nasolabial folds, marionette lines approximately 12 months,and cheeks up to 24 months. New generations of fillers last on average 50% longer.
Is there any risk?
Botox has a remarkably safe history. According to a 2005 study, only 36 serious adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the FDA between 1989 and 2003. And of those, 13 patients had underlying medical conditions that may have explained their response to the drug.
“Any medication has risks, but the safety record for Botox is actually very robust,” said Hayley Goldbach, a resident physician of dermatology at the University of California-Los Angeles Health. “And consider that there have been tens of millions of patients treated with Botox.”
Dermal fillers are considered safe with no complications. .However, there are no guarantees that you will not have a reaction. You may be sensitive to hyaluronic acid, or lidocaine. But for the high majority of patients, dermal filler injection treatments may be a good non-surgical solution for plumping up thinning lips or cheeks to restore lost volume.
Severe complications however, have happened in the industry in the past. This has been in the form of vascular occlusion which included cutaneous necrosis and blindness. Over 10 years from 2003 to 2013, twelve severe case occurred, representing 0.05% of those treated. Although rare, these complications can occur due to the compression of the vessel or direct intravascular injection.
It’s very important that your treatment is conducted by a well trained Doctor with a high level of experience, such as Doctor Paravic.
During your free consultation, any concerns you may have will be discussed with Doctor Paravic.
Will I end up with 'trout pout' if I have lip fillers?
No you won’t, here at Marrelle we aim for a natural look and work on the basis that “less is more”. Lip filler results depends on the technique used and the amount of filler injected.
Dr Paravic works with you during consultations and will advise you on how to get the results you want.
How many areas can I have treated at once?
When it comes to Botox, all three of the most common facial areas can be treated safely at once but for other areas the answer will depend on amount of units you require and the unique combination of your requirements.
For the average sized person, Botox is safe and non toxic in doses less than 2500 units.
To illustrate, the typical dose of Botox for the underarms is 50 units per side, and that of the forehead is about 15-20 units. Frown lines usually require 16-20 units and crow’s feet 12-20 units.
When it comes to dermal fillers that depends on the area that we treat.
Here at Marrelle, we always advise to start from the upper face. If for example someone would like to do cheeks and nasolabial folds, we would advise you to have your cheeks done first and wait for couple of weeks before starting on your nasolabial folds.
The reason for this is that having your cheeks done may affect your nasolabial folds by way of lifting them anyway.
Having your lips done and some other facial areas will not interfere with each other and can be done at the same time.
Dr Paravic will discuss your requirements and recommend the best treatment plan for you during your consultation.
How long until I see results?
Contrary to popular belief, Botox will not act immediately, not even the following day. You can expect to see it starting to work after approximately 3-4 days with the full effect visible in 2 weeks .
With fillers the result is immediate, however, the swelling sometimes can make up to 30% of the immediately visible changes and will go down in around 3-14 days.
Usually, after a week most people see the final filler result.
What if I don't like it?
If you don’t like your dermal filler result, as long as it contains hyaluronic acid it can be dissolved with hyaluronidase.
However, you will have to be allergy tested 48 hours prior to administering hyaluronidase.
The dissolving effect starts immediately but it will take approx 48 hours for full effect.
With Botox, unfortunately, you cannot reverse the effect. Botox will wear off with time, usually 3-6 months, perhaps a bit sooner if it is first treatment.
Why are you offering VIP home visits and not working from a clinic?
Marrelle Aesthetics want you to feel as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment and so offer you the possibility to have your treatment in the most intimate space we know, your own home. We do also operate from a salon location as well, for those who do not wish to have the treatment at home.
Having your treatment at home has many additional benefits.
It is very convenient, saving you time and additional costs associated with travel.
Post-treatment you may have swelling, redness or even slight bruising, being treated at home affords you the privacy of not being seen until you are ready.
Hot temperatures associated with travelling or areas where you are not in control of the temperature could also cause any swelling to get worse.
What happens if I have any questions after my treatment?
We appreciate that you may have a question that springs to mind after your session has ended. Dr Paravic is available to answer any questions via several methods, simply chose the one most convenient for you.
Phone, SMS, What’s App, Facebook Messenger or email.
Will people be able to tell I've had a treatment?
Usually it’s not that obvious. What you may experience are comments such as:
You look fresh,
you look beautiful,
you must’ve had a good sleep
Most people see the difference when they compare before and after photos.
What is a 'free top up'?
Free top up applies to Botox. You will have a free follow up with Doctor Paravic, fourteen days post-treatment.
If you require more units of Botox in order to achieve your desired look, it will be administered free of charge during this follow up so that you get the best possible result.
Dermal filler top up’s can also be done after a minimum of 2 weeks post-treatment if you think you would like more volume or filling the folds but this is charged per syringe.
Do you need any specialist equipment at my home?
Not at all, you simply need to be seated in a comfortable chair or a sofa where you can relax.
What type of area in my home will you do the treatment in?
Most clients have their treatment at home in the living room.
Will I be able to move my face afterwards?
Absolutely! You may have a little swelling (post filler),redness or a rare bruise but movements will remain as usual.
What skincare products do you also offer?
Dr Paravic has created her own organic skincare range which includes body butters, face creams (including anti-aging products), hand cream, anti-acne serum, argan oil face serum for mature skin, a baby collection, deodorant, products for eczema and psoriasis, calendula balm, lip balm, face masks,sun cream SPF 10,20,30 and make up remover. See our skincare shop for more information
Is all of the skincare range certified organic?
All ingredients in our range are sourced from specialist, certified organic suppliers in the UK.
Is the skincare range safe for use in pregnancy?
Most of our products are completely safe to use when pregnant. However, certain essential
oils should be avoided in pregnancy such as those detailed below. For more information and if you are unsure, then feel free to reach out and consult with Dr Paravic before purchasing.
Certain products may contain:
Nutmeg which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in
Rosemary which is thought to increase blood pressure in pregnancy and
may cause contractions.
Basil which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
Jasmine and Clary Sage which may trigger contractions.
Sage and Rose which may cause bleeding in your uterus.
Juniper berry which may affect your kidneys.
Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf
should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.
There is a lot of confusion over the safety of lavender essential oil in
pregnancy. That is because lavender can be used to regulate periods. Rest
assured that this does not mean using it in pregnancy raises the risk of
Certain products may contain:
- Nutmeg which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in labour.
- Rosemary which is thought to increase blood pressure in pregnancy and may cause contractions.
- Basil which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
- Jasmine and Clary Sage which may trigger contractions.
- Sage and Rose which may cause bleeding in your uterus.
- Juniper berry which may affect your kidneys.
- Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.
There is a lot of confusion over the safety of lavender essential oil in pregnancy. That is because lavender can be used to regulate periods. Rest assured that this does not mean using it in pregnancy raises the risk of Miscarriage.
I still have questions?
We cannot provide an exhaustive list of answers on our site. This is why we offer a free consultation. Please feel free to call us for your introduction to Marrelle Aesthetics.