What are the risks of dermal fillers?
  • Bleeding after the needle has been inserted into the skin, some bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling.
  • Allergic reaction.  These symptoms can include itching, swelling and redness which last longer than 2 weeks. Severe reaction are very rare but need to made aware of.
  • Airway occlusion and anaphylaxis…..very rare.
  • If you have a history of blisters or cold sores filler injections may cause them to break out again.
  • You may experience lumpiness in or around area been treated.
  • If you have an allergic reaction to fillers in the past, please let your practitioner know.
Can I have fillers or Botox if I am pregnant?

It is not recommended to have fillers or Botox if you are pregnant.

What age do I have to be to have fillers or anti-wrinkle treatment?

You need to be 18 years and older and have full capacity to make the decision.

Can I have Botox treatment on the same day as my consultation?

It is not be possible to have Botox injections on the same day as consultation as this must be prescribed by our prescriber. (this normally takes around 2 days after consultation)


Directly after dermal filler treatment, the injected area may be bruised, swollen, tender and itchy. These are all normal effects and will subside after a few days following your treatment. Your lips may be considerably swollen for a few days, cold compress or ice packs may be used to reduce any swelling.

If there is some unevenness to your lips, please be patient as it can take up to 2 weeks for final results.

Paracetamol can be used for pain relief if non-allergic. Please avoid anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or blood thinning tablets such as Aspirin, this can cause excessive bruising.

Arnica herbal tablets can be taken a few days before and following your treatment and after as these can reduce bruising.


If you are experiencing pain, puss or any signs of infection after your treatment. Please contact the practitioner without delay. You will then be assessed, and we can then decide whether you need further medical advice or attention.


  • Do not touch injected area for at least six hours unless instructed to do so by your practitioner.
  • Only use water for injection area for 2 days to avoid infection.
  • Avoid sunbeds for 2 weeks following.
  • Avoid makeup and creams for 48 hours following treatment (except Arnica cream).
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and exercise for 24 hours as this may increase the risk of bleeding and increased bruising.
  • Avoid smoking following lip fillers as this may move the filler from injection area which may result in misshapen lips also this may increase the risk of infection.
How long does it take to recover from Botox?

Botox treatment can take as little as 15 minutes to complete and you will usually see the first effects around 3 -5 days after treatment. The full results may take up to 2 weeks.

There can be some slight swelling (resembles bee stings) but this should settle within an hour.

What to avoid following injections.

Immediately after injections avoid

  • Massaging or rubbing the treated area
  • Avoid laying down for 4 hours
  • Vigorous exercise for 24 hours
  • Anti- Inflammatory pain killers
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol for 24-48 hours
  • Hot showers, baths or hot tubs and sunbeds
  • Avoid makeup for at least 4 hours
Things you can do to help.

Exercise the muscles treated with Botox for 4 hours after having the treatment by frowning, raising the eyebrows and squinting. This will help the Botox into the facial muscles.

You can take paracetamol if you are experiencing any pain (if non allergic).

Potential side effects.
  • Bruising/ swelling/ redness at the injection site
  • Infection
  • Nausea, headache, or flu-like symptoms
  • Occasional numbness
  • Drooping of the eyebrow or upper eyelid or swelling and redness in eyelids
  • Allergic reaction
  • Rash and itchiness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Facial swelling
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Photosensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Dry skin
  • Antibody formation

If you experience any of the above after having Botox, speak to your practitioner immediately.