FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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FAQs about your Bloom experience

How can I make an appointment?

Simply message BloomSkin on Facebook with your preferred time, the treatment you want or are considering and your phone number and Nicole will contact you within 24 hours.

What days can I have my treatment at the various locations?

Nicole provides fresh, revitalising treatments from three different locations. Message direct for details.

Are treatments overseen by a medical doctor?

Yes, as a medical requirement, treatments at BloomSkin are overseen by our medical doctor who is a member of NZSCM.

Payment? 

Payments can be made by Eftpos, credit card or GenoaPay.

How can I ensure my beauty secrets are confidential? 

We understand that beauty secrets are just that – secrets! Rest assured, your client details will not be released to anyone, other than when they are overseen by our medical doctor for regular review. We also have a unique, secure App uniquely created for BloomSkin which enables all of your records to be kept confidential. Your personal details will remain confidential and not disclosed to third parties. You have the right to request, change or delete you personal details. We take privacy seriously in the clinic in order to give patients confidence in our professional approach.

How long will my initial consultation take? 

Initial consultations take approximately 30 minutes, allowing us to create a plan for your treatments. Nicole will carry out a comprehensive facial assessment addressing any concerns you may have. She explains the procedure, products used and answers any questions you may have around the treatments and their outcomes.

Can I return to work? 

Yes, certainly! Some treatments result in redness or swelling to the site, occasionally people experience mild bruising. Ice packs are applied to minimise these risks. Please refer to the Product FAQs section for further information.

Do I need a follow up appointment? 

Usually Nicole likes to review your treatment after two weeks, particularly if you are a first time patient. Options for this will be discussed during your initial consultation.

I’m a little nervous. How will I know the treatment being recommended is right for me? 

Cosmetic treatments are all about making the most of your own personal look, not transforming you to look like someone else. You’ll have heard it said that being happy and confident in your own skin is the best beauty asset you can have – we agree! Nicole will provide you with the necessary information, and with her years of experience in this area and her extensive training – much of it alongside Plastic Surgeons – her eye for detail and symmetry with her desire to capture the best aesthetic outcome for you is paramount.

Product FAQs

The following section will provide you with specific product uses and information. Please feel free to ask if you still have questions. 

What are dermal fillers? 

Dermal fillers are hydrating treatments used to can contour and create volume, fill out lines and wrinkles, and revitalise the skin. Those used at BloomSkin are chosen for their quality, are temporary and dissolvable, and made up of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a substance that naturally exists in your body. Results are visible immediately and can last for around 9 – 18 months. 

Common areas treated with Dermal Fillers

  • Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
  • Corners of the mouth (marionette lines)
  • Lip augmentation 
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Decolletage 
  • Ear Lobes

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

It is a sugar molecule existing naturally in almost all living organisms which binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. HA is also important in the transportation of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin.

How do dermal fillers work?

This soft, injectable gel comes in a range of consistencies which are chosen for the areas of your face which require them. For example, more malleable products are better for lips, more rigid ones for nasolabial creases. Dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. The product is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the HA that already exists in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent, does not change your facial expression and allows you to soften the effects of ageing in a subtle manner. 

What does dermal filler treatment involve? 

Before

During your initial consultation at BloomSkin, Nicole will discuss with you the expectations you have and advise you on how best to enhance and recapture a dewy, natural result. After this discussion she will recommend which products are most suitable for you. You will be asked some medical questions and will need to sign a consent form prior to your treatment. 

During

Dermal filler is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. Nicole uses an anaesthetic cream prior to injecting, to ensure your comfort at all times. The products used at BloomSkin also include local anaesthetic, lidocaine, for the most comfortable experience. The gel provides natural volume, smoothing away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhancing facial shape, creating or restoring plumpness to the lips or cheeks. Dermal filler products improve the elasticity and texture, and the balance of hydration to the skin. 

The treatment is quick, usually around 15-30 minutes. 

After

Dermal filler products will naturally metabolise over time, without harm. An optimal and long lasting result may require a top-up treatment but this will be discussed with you at the time. 

Some reactions might occur: slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, discomfort and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days, but for some treatments they may last longer.

Can everybody use dermal fillers?

Yes, apart from those previously allergic to hyaluron, pregnant or breastfeeding, with permanent fillers of facial implants, unwell with a cold, sinusitis or a facial infection, prior keloid scarring, less than a month after deep skin resurfacing, planned dental treatment in a month or flying overseas (in or under 4 days). Caution is needed in those with auto-immune disorders. 

Are there any risks with dermal fillers?

It is very rare to experience a product related reaction. Possible injection related symptoms may occur, such as redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Lips may swell for up to a week after enhancement, but this typically reduces after two to three days. There is a very small risk of infection, Nicole uses a surgical grade skin cleanser prior to treatment. You may see or feel filler under the skin before softening occurs over 4 – 6 weeks. Cold sores can be triggered in pre-disposed individuals but can be prevented with medication. 

What is Botox®? 

Botox® Injections are a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoothed and improved appearance. Botulinum Type A Neurotoxin (Botox®) is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and has an interesting history, being used in humans for the treatment of strabismus (“crossed-eyes”) in 1978. These days, Botox®) is used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as migraine, excessive sweating, cerebral palsy, back and facial spasms as well as the treatment of facial wrinkles. 
Botox® is a well-studied treatment with an established safety profile and is a natural, purified protein derived in a controlled fashion from bacteria, such as penicillin. Botox® is the only medical product of its type with more than twenty years of usage involving millions of patients worldwide, comprehensive clinical trials, published studies and extensive clinical practice. Botox® is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world, approved for use in over 75 countries. 
It is a simple, quick and minimally invasive treatment that delivers fast, visible results. 

How does Botox® work? 

Botulinum (Botox®) works by blocking the impulses from the nerves that control muscle movement. When injected into muscle tissue, muscles relax usually after several days, meaning the muscles are unable to contract or bunch up. In turn, a smooth rejuvenated appearance of the skin occurs; this can last from three to eight months which is generally dependent on which muscles have been injected and their frequency of use. 

Are neurotoxins (Botox® and Xeomin® ) suitable for facial wrinkles? 

Cosmetic uses of Botulinum are concerned with the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles which are caused by movement – excessive or overuse – of the underlying muscles. Lines and wrinkles from sagging skin will not be improved by treatment with Botulinum (Botox®), this is where the use of dermal fillers is employed.

When will I see results? 

Botulinum (Botox®) causes muscle relaxation of the injected area five to seven days after the injection however, the full effects may not be seen for two weeks. 

How long will Botox® last? 

The muscle relaxation promoted by Botulinum (Botox®) injections lasts from ten to twelve weeks. Having regular injections, as the effects begin to diminish, has benefits, as collagen remodelling occurs during that time and repairs the damaged collagen beneath the wrinkle line. This “fills in” lines caused by the prior movement of the now-softened muscle. Some lines disappear over time, particularly when treatment is undertaken when they are minimal.


This “filling in” effect addresses some of the confusion surrounding how long the effects of Botox® actually “lasts”. The outcome is not to have a frozen face, or paralysed muscles, rather the subtle minimisation of lines caused by movement. 

What does the injection process involve?
 
While an initial consultation takes longer as a treatment plan will be discussed with you, appointments for treatment with Botox® generally last no longer than 30 minutes. No anaesthetic is required, though a numbing cream may be used if desired. A very fine needle is used to inject small quantities of Botox® into the muscle. Normal activity can be resumed straight away, with guidelines around excessive exercise, and overly enthusiastic rubbing of the site being discouraged, allowing the product time to settle in the area it was injected. You will be asked for your medical background and will need to sign a consent form before treatment commences. 
 
Are there any possible complications?
 
Botox® injections are well-studied with an established safety profile. The vast majority of patients experiencing no complications, other than the possibility of mild swelling or redness at the injection site. Ice packs are applied to soothe these effects, and while mild bruising is uncommon, if it does occur, it settles within days.
 

Who should not have Botox®? 

  • Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as myesthenia gravis should not be treated with Botulinum. 
  • True allergic reactions to Botulinum have not been observed. 
  • Pregnant or nursing women. 

Is there downtime after treatment with Botox®?

Usually not. Immediately after treatment you may notice slight pinkness to the skin where the needle has been introduced. This may last ten minutes and quickly disperses. 

BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Ask your specialist about the benefits and risks of using Botox and whether Botox is right for you. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your health professional. You will need to pay for Botox. Botox has benefits and risks. Always follow your specialist’s instructions. For more information refer to the Consumer Medicine Information for Botox at www.medsafe.govt.nz

BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Allergan New Zealand Ltd, PO Box 1873, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Xeomin® (Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications:

In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. Xeomin® has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if Xeomin® is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of Xeomin® can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from www.merzaustralia.com.au/our-competencies/aesthetics/products/ or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include:

Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows and allergic reaction. Xeomin® is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.

Pharmacy Retailing NZ Limited t/a Healthcare Logistics (HCL), 58 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022. Medical information: Ph: 0800 822 310. All rights reserved. Xeomin® and Merz Aesthetics are registered trademarks of Merz Pharma GMbH & Co. KGaA. Copyright © 2019. NZL_XEOMIN_MALE_V1_JAN19. Date of preparation: JAN 2019. 8057MER

The JUVÉDERM® range of injectable gels are medical devices for use in adults. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC contain 24mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC is for filling medium-sized depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC is for filling mid and/or deep depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition and enhancement. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® with lidocaine contains 20mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended to restore volume of the face. JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® with lidocaine contains 17.5mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended for the treatment of deep skin depressions, for face contouring or volume restoration of the face. JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA® with lidocaine contains 15mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended for the treatment of any fine lines and medium-sized skin depressions or the enhancement and pouting of lips. JUVEDERM® VOLITE™ contains 12 mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended to be used for the treatment, by filling, of superficial cutaneous depressions such as fine lines and for additional improvement of skin quality attributes such as hydration and elasticity, via intradermal injection. All JUVÉDERM® products should be administered only by a trained healthcare professional. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC and JUVEDERM® VOLITE™ should not be injected into the eyelids. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® with lidocaine should not be injected in the periorbital area (eyelids, under-eye area, crow’s feet), glabellar region or in the lips. JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA® with lidocaine should not be injected into the eyelids. Application in the bags under the eyes is reserved for trained specialists. JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® with lidocaine should not be injected in the periorbital area (eyelids, under-eye area, crow’s feet) and glabellar region. You should not receive treatment with any JUVÉDERM® product if you are below 18 years of age, have untreated epilepsy, history of hypertrophic scars or porphyria, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, hypersensitivity to ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lidocaine or amide-type local anaesthetics, any areas of cutaneous inflammation and/or infections, or if you have just had laser treatment, deep chemical peel or dermabrasion. Precautions: Caution is required if you have received treatment with another dermal filler; if you have a history of or are currently suffering an auto-immune disease, severe multiple allergies, anaphylactic shock, streptococcal disease, symptoms of cardiac conduction disorders; or if you are taking certain medications including anti-coagulants or certain drugs that reduce/inhibit hepatic metabolism. Avoid makeup for 12 hours after injection and prolonged exposure to sunlight/UV light/extreme temperatures for 2 weeks. Adverse effects reported after treatment with JUVÉDERM® range of fillers have included immediate or delayed injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling/ itching/pain on pressure) persisting a week post treatment, haematomas, induration or nodules, discolouration, weak filling effect, risk of infection, abscess formation, granuloma, necrosis or hypersensitivity. Please ask your doctor or request for the Directions For Use for complete list of precautions and adverse effects per respective filler. JUVÉDERM® injectable gels are not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Scheme. You will need to pay for this treatment. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. Speak to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/ risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: JUVÉDERM® treatment may last up to 1–2 years and further courses of treatment may be necessary. (September 2018). 

™®Trademark(s) and registered trademark(s) of Allergan, Inc. Allergan Australia Pty Ltd. 810 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072. ABN 85 000 612 831. Allergan New Zealand Limited, Auckland. © 2018 Allergan. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: October 2018 ANZ/0104/2017. 

Restylane® Consumer Mandatory

Restylane® is an unfunded Treatment that you pay for. Ask your Doctor if Restylane is right for you. Normal Doctors charges apply. Restylane is an injectable intradermal implant containing Hyaluronic acid, stabilized 20 mg/ml

RESTYLANE® used for facial tissue augmentation and lip enhancement.

Restylane should only be injected by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are being treated with blood thinning medicines, or any other medicines you are taking.

Precautions : Allergy to Hyaluronic acid or any active ingredients. RESTYLANE® should not be used where there is active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, or in children. Avoid intense heat or cold after treatment until swelling and redness have resolved.

Side effects: common injection-related reactions might occur, including redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising, tenderness or lumpiness at the implant site. Typically these resolve in a few days to a week. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects.

For further information ask your doctor .Restylane is marketed by Q-Med and distributed in NZ by Pharmacy Retailing (NZ) t/a Healthcare Logistics, Auckland

Belotero® is a MedSafe WAND notified Medical Device Class III. Always read the label and follow instructions. Belotero® is a gel that is injected by a healthcare professional into or below the skin to smooth facial wrinkles and folds, correct facial atrophic scars, restore or enhance the lips or restore facial volume such as in the cheeks and chin. Use with caution in patients taking antithrombotic medications or methemoglobin-inducing agents, active autoimmune disease, epilepsy, porphyria, impaired cardiac, hepatic or renal function or anyone with a history of multiple allergies, anaphylaxis, streptococcal diseases or predisposed to cheloids or hypertrophic scars. Use in the nose or periorbital area should only be performed by a trained experienced practitioner. After Belotero® treatment patients may experience redness, swelling, pain, itching and/or bruising which may last up to a week. Discuss with your specialist if Belotero® is right for you. For more information please contact the New Zealand Distributor: New Zealand Medical & Scientific Ltd, 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Phone 09 259 406 

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