FAQ’s

Laser Treatments

What is Laser Hair Reduction?
During laser hair removal, a laser emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color.
 
How does Laser Hair Reduction work?
The laser works by selective photothermolysis, which means that the light energy is selectively absorbed by pigmented areas. The energy, or heat, from the laser damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow hair. With time, the hairs that were present in the damaged follicles will fall out, resulting in a smoother appearance and less hair growth.
 
What to Expect?
The treatment may cause some minor discomfort. Patients often describe it as a slight tingling or compare it to a pinch or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Most patients tolerate the procedure well; topical anaesthesia is rarely required, but may be an option when treating more sensitive areas.
 
Do I need a course of treatments?
A single treatment will not be effective in the permanent reduction of hair. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to specific kinds of hair and skin. It is important to understand that hairs in an active growth phase (anagen) are most affected by treatments. Since all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, several treatments are necessary to achieve the best results. Practitioners design customised treatment programs, and give patients an estimate of how many sessions may be needed in order to meet expectations.

Skin Rejuvenation (Ageing Skin) Epidermal Hyperpigmentation

What are the benefits?
Laser Genesis improves pore size and texture. Targeting and improving fine lines, reduces scars and improves sun damaged skin.
 
What to Expect?
The treatment may cause some minor discomfort. Patients often describe it as a slight tingling or compare it to a pinch or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. Anaesthesia is rarely required, but could be an option when treating more sensitive areas.
 
Recovery and aftercare
Following the procedure, your skin may appear red or irritated. However, the redness will likely dissipate within one to two days. It is important to use sunscreen for a few weeks following the procedure. In addition, you should avoid plucking or waxing of the treatment area.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

How does it work?
IPL emits flashes of light that pass through the top layer of skin to reach the deeper dermis layer that houses blood vessels, pigment cells and collagen. The epidermis layer of skin is untouched, so patients don’t have the redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing techniques.
 
What can be treated?
 – Rosacea
–  Birthmarks
–  Thread veins
–  Age pigmentation spots
–  Sun damage
–  Skin tightening
 
What can I expect during an IPL treatment?
You will experience a slight sensation as the pulses of therapeutic light are passed over your skin. The sensation is very mild and easily tolerated. Topical anaesthetic creams are not required.

How many treatments are required?
Hyper-pigmentation reacts right after the first treatment; however, the redness needs at least 2 treatments to improve and collagen at least 3 treatments in order to show improvement of fine wrinkles and skin laxity.
It has been proven that the majority of people will achieve most of their improvement after a series of treatments are performed. Each treatment takes less than one hour to perform. Treatments are scheduled approximately 3-4 weeks apart. A series of treatments will take about fifteen weeks

Recovery and aftercare?
There is no down time and is safe on all skin types. It is also important to use sunscreen for a few weeks following the procedure. You should not use any products that may irritate your skin. In addition, you should avoid plucking or waxing of the treatment area.

Anti-wrinkle Injections (Botox)

What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly referred to as ‘Botox’ , short for Botulinum toxin. This is a naturally occurring protein that causes the muscles of the face to relax, consequently smoothing out wrinkles. It is the UK’s most popular cosmetic treatment for the removal of wrinkles.

What to expect?
The treatment will involve a medical practitioner making a series of small injections into the muscles of your face. The injection process itself will only take few minutes. The procedure is largely pain free, with the exception of mild discomfort which is experienced due to the small needle injection involved. You may notice some soreness in the injection site directly after the treatment, but this should subside quickly. Your practitioner will inject small quantities of filler into the areas where you have lines/wrinkles or indents.

Recovery and aftercare?
You can carry on with your day as normal, although we advise that you avoid strenuous activity/ saunas/other facial treatments for up to 24 hours.
After 4-10 days you will notice an improvement in your lines/wrinkles. Most side effects are short lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.

Why do I need a course of treatments?
The results usually last for around four months, after which you may wish to return for another treatment.

Fillers

What is facial filler?
Facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers) use a natural gel to smooth out wrinkles, folds or scars to give your face a younger, refreshed more plumped appearance. If the skin on your face has lost its firmness and fullness. Dermal filler is a naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into the face to smooth wrinkles and folds (especially around the nose and mouth). It is also used to plump out scars in the face and to define and enhance lips or define and plump out cheeks.

What to expect?
The treatment will involve a medical practitioner making a series of small injections into the muscles of your face. The injection process itself will only take few minutes. The procedure is largely pain free, with the exception of mild discomfort which is experienced due to the small needle injection involved. You may notice some soreness in the injection site directly after the treatment, but this should subside quickly. Your practitioner will inject small quantities of filler into the areas where you have lines/wrinkles or indents.

Why do I need a course of treatments?
Most patients need one treatment and the results last about 6 to 12 months.

Recovery and aftercare?

You can carry on with your day as normal, although we advise that you avoid strenuous activity/ saunas/other facial treatments for up to 24 hours.
After 4-10 days you will notice an improvement in your lines/wrinkles. Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.

Anti-wrinkle injections

What Will Happen on The Day?
Our medical practitioner will spend time guiding you through the exact science behind anti-wrinkle products explaining how it works followed by a health questionnaire to ensure you are suitable and safe for treatment, explaining the procedure and answering any questions you might have. Only when and if you are comfortable and ready, will your treatment take place.

The treatment area will be cleansed and the product administered with a fine needle placed no more than 3mm into the skin. Some patients barely feel this whilst some will feel a small sting on needle entry that clears within seconds.
There may be small bumps where the product has been injected but these typically clear within 10 minutes. Treatment only takes 15 minutes and there is no down time so you can come in to Temple Beauty on your lunch break.

What to Expect After Treatment?
The wrinkle relaxing injection takes 10 days to take full effect. By week 2 your face will feel smooth and fresher. Over several months the muscles break down the treatment and by month 3-4 you will notice gradual movement returning to the treated muscles. Most patients come back for a second treatment from 4 months onwards depending on how much movement you wish to have. Studies have shown the results last longer after each consecutive treatment.

Will It hurt, will I Bruise?
There will be minimal discomfort lasting a maximum of 5 minutes.
Most people do not bruise. If you do, it will be a small bruise easily covered with concealer and will clear within 3 days.

Microdermabrasion

What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a method that takes away the top layers of skin on the face to gives it a fresher and cleaner appearance, through ‘sanding’ the skin with fine abrasive crystals. It can be effective in reducing age spots and delicate wrinkles or lines.

What to expect?
The procedure can be carried out in about 30-60 minutes. It is sometimes combined with a mild chemical peel. The dead skin particles and crystals will be vacuumed from the face leaving it feeling smoother.

How many treatments will I need?
While results may be noticed after one session, a series of six treatments, spaced two to three weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results.

Aftercare
Following the treatment, the therapists will cleanse your skin and add moisturizer and SPF protection to your skin. Some clients may have minimal redness in the treated area. You should minimise your sun exposure for five to seven days after treatment and use an SPF of 30 or higher.

Hair Extension

What happens during the consultation?
Our hair technician will listen to your wishes and will show you our hair colours, discuss what you like with pictures etc, and add some test extensions to your hair so you can watch the application process and see how you feel with a couple added.

How are my extensions removed?
A releaser solution is applied to the bond of each extension, allowing safe & gentle removal.

Will extensions damage my hair?
The method used is the safest and most delicate available. When applied correctly using this method there is no reason there will be by damage to your hair providing you follow the aftercare instructions and remove or re do your extensions at the recommended time frame.

How long will my extensions last?
With our method, your extensions will last approximately 3 months.

Can I colour my hair?
You are advised to come to the consultation with your hair coloured how you will like it on that day of your appointment. We will match your colours during the consultation & have the hair ready on the day. Once the extensions have been applied, you can always ask your colourist to touch up your roots, but it is advised not to apply colour directly onto the extension hair or bonds, unless using a mild semi permanent colour. This is because the extension hair has already been coloured and you do not want to over process it, and the chemicals in hair dyes will affect the binding used to seal you extensions.

Could I have any reactions ?
Each extension is applied away from the scalp attaching only to the hair. Two test extensions will be applied at the consultation stage for you to wear until the day of your appointment.

How do I wash/style my extensions?
With our human hair extensions, you can just follow your normal washing & styling routine. This hair holds any style really well so you will find it can make styling even easier than before. We will of course advise you on how to maintain and get the best results from your hair extensions.

How many extensions will I need?
Lengthen hair takes between 80-120 extensions depending on your own hair.
If you are looking to add volume or thicken your existing style, this can range from 30 to 50 extensions to create volume without adding extra length.

Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing)

What results can I expect?
Clinical studies show a 20% to 40% reduction in fat in the area treated with Cryolipolysis, although results will vary depending on the individual, the thickness of the fatty tissue, and the eating habits maintained post-treatment.
One treatment may be enough to achieve your desired results, or you may choose to have further sessions for even greater fat loss.

What happens during treatment?
Fat freezing is a non-surgical treatment requiring no anaesthetic. The fat freezing device is placed on the selected body area. The cooling panels will draw up and then chill the bulge. The fat cells freeze and die naturally. Only the fat cells are affected by the cold temperature; the surrounding tissue is left unharmed and healthy. Over the next few weeks, the dead fat cells are broken down and expelled from your body during natural metabolic activities.

Is it painful?
No! For the first five minutes of your treatment, you will feel pressure and warmth in the treated area followed by coldness. This can be uncomfortable, but not painful. Shortly after, the discomfort dissipates and you can read, relax, or work on your laptop for the rest of the treatment.

How long does the treatment last?
Each Cryolipolysis session takes 45 minutes on average. It may take longer if more than one area is being treated. During your consultation, your therapist will inform you how long your treatment will take.

How soon will I see results?
Maximum results take at least eight weeks to appear post-treatment, however many patients notice visible fat loss in as little as three weeks.

Are the results permanent?
Yes. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they will not grow back (adults cannot grow new fat cells). A healthy lifestyle will help optimise your results. In fact, many patients feel more motivated to eat healthy and exercise after treatment. We can offer you dietary advice alongside your treatment if desired.

Are there any side effects?
Cryolipolysis is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Side effects are rare and can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, cramping, itching, and numbness. You may require painkillers.

Is there any recovery required?
There’s no recovery period necessary after Cryolipolysis. It’s a simple non-surgical procedure that allows you to return to your usual activities right away.
You may experience minor redness, bruising, or numbness in the treated area, but this is only temporary. Many patients have their treatment during a lunch break and return to work once it has finished.

What’s the difference between electrolysis and laser?

Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a very fine, disposable, sterile probe to permanently destroy the follicle’s ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth on completion of the course of treatment.

Laser tends to treat large areas of skin using a laser or light-based lamp which can reduce hair growth, but not remove all of the hair permanently. It is termed hair reduction rather than hair removal. The two treatments can work well in conjunction with each other in some circumstances. Permanent hair removal with electrolysis requires a longer course of treatment but results in complete, permanent removal of all hair treated.

General

What treatments require a consultation?
Free consultations are required for Laser, IPL, Botox and Dermal filler.

What about product allergies?
We select our treatment products carefully. However if you know you have a problem with a particular product or ingredient, simply let your therapist know when you attend for your treatment and they will discuss alternatives.

Will I need a patch test before my treatment?
Yes, you need a consultation and patch test 24 hours before any Laser, Electrolysis or Microblading treatment.

I’m pregnant/breast feeding – are there any treatments I shouldn’t have?

All electrical treatments and IPL should not be undertaken if you are pregnant.

How old do I have to be to have IPL hair removal?
The law says you have to be 18 years of age to have this treatment.

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