At Ashbury Cosmetics in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast we have put together answers to the most popular questions patients ask us
Although there is no expiry date for breast implants, we cannot guarantee that they will last for life. In most cases, saline and silicone breast implants last between 10 and 20 years before they need to be replaced. Some people choose to have their breast implants removed sooner if they wish to change the shape and size of their breasts, while in rare cases, complications can occur, making it necessary to have implants removed. Some of the possible complications include capsular contracture, saline rupture, silicone rupture, and a change in the position of an implant. Your surgeon will explain all of these risks to you in detail before you undergo surgery.
Yes, absolutely. Thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic medicine, breast implants now look and feel much more natural than before. Breast implants consist of a silicone elastomer casing, which is usually filled with silicone gel or a soft cohesive silicone gel that has a shape-retaining memory. Implants can also be filled with a special saline solution. In most cases, patients report that silicone implants feel more natural than saline-filled implants, although both of these fillers are well-known and extensively researched.
Women choose to get breast implants for a wide range of reasons, and breast augmentation is a particularly popular treatment following pregnancy and breastfeeding. The surgery is often a very effective option for those who would like larger, perkier, more youthful-looking breasts. The decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery, however, is very personal and we urge all of our patients to make an informed decision before going ahead with the process. The best starting point is to come in for a consultation, so that you can discuss your concerns and expectations with your surgeon.
When administered by an experienced and qualified medical professional, dermal fillers are safe to use near to the eyes. In fact, they can be used to decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids; to achieve a more youthful arched brow; to soften creases and wrinkles caused as a result of ageing. Dermal fillers can also be used in various other areas of the face, including the lips and neckline. Fillers are also often used to enhance shallow contours in the face, improve the appearance of recessed scars, and reconstruct contour deformities in the face.
Our permanent dermal fillers are made from a non-toxic and non-allergenic transparent gel, which is composed mostly of water. The gel is injected under the skin, where it settles like a soft filler and behaves like a natural part of the skin. Once this type of filler has been injected, a thin layer of connective tissue surrounds the gel, allowing the filler to become a stable part of the connective tissue. Our temporary dermal fillers, on the other hand, are made from a naturally-occurring protein that helps to plump up the skin, making it appear firmer and smoother.
The results of dermal fillers can usually be seen shortly after the treatment. Temporary dermal fillers generally provide immediate results that last between nine and 12 months, while the results of permanent fillers are also usually noticed fairly soon after the treatment. The results of permanent dermal fillers can last for as long as five years. Both procedures are fairly simple with minimal discomfort and side effects. Dermal fillers generally produce consistently good results and are a safe cosmetic treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing at Ashbury Cosmetics is always performed by an experienced laser doctor, so you can rest assured that the procedure is done properly. In fact, the laser skin resurfacing procedure is much more precise and safer than a deep chemical peel because there are no internal side effects associated with the laser we use.
Laser resurfacing doesn’t tend to leave any scars and the post-treatment pain is minimal for most patients. Although there are some potential risks associated with the treatment, these tend to be fewer and less common than other treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing works by directing very specific, concentrated laser energy at your skin, removing the skin in layers over time. At Ashbury Cosmetics, we use Erbium laser resurfacing, which removes lines and wrinkles, as well as blemishes and scars, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The laser affects only small areas of the skin, and the energy used is administered in tiny, accurate beams. The energy removes the upper layer of skin, which triggers the natural healing process. The newly formed layer of skin rejuvenates the overall appearance of the skin, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles is reduced.
Laser skin resurfacing is generally performed to minimise the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as scars and other blemishes. While the skin will look refreshed and more youthful following the procedure, the treatment is not generally performed for skin tightening specifically. If you suffer from sagging skin, we recommend you opt for a radio frequency skin tightening treatment, which effectively tightens the superficial layers as well as the sub-dermal layers of the skin. When these layers of the skin are tightened, the skin cells shrink and blood circulation is increased.
Laser hair removal is much less painful and a lot faster than many other hair removal options, such as waxing. At Ashbury Cosmetics, we use the iPulse laser, which is one of the quickest and most convenient methods of hair removal currently available. The laser hair removal process should not cause any considerable pain. In fact, most people find the treatment to be fairly comfortable. The sensation of laser hair removal generally gives the sensation of tiny pinpricks at the site of treatment, which may feel strange at first. Each treatment, however, is very quick so any discomfort will be minimal.
Yes, laser hair removal is a very safe procedure and when you come in for a treatment at Ashbury Cosmetics, your procedure will be performed by an experienced professional. The laser uses targeted wavelengths of light energy that penetrate the skin without causing any damage. Also, the treatment is non-invasive and is generally considered very comfortable. We do, however, recommend that you avoid sun exposure for around six weeks before and after the treatment to reduce the risk of complications.
Yes, laser hair removal is a very effective treatment, particularly for areas such as the legs, bikini lines, underarms, back, chest and face. The laser works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicles to permanently reduce hair over the course of four to seven treatments. We do, however, recommend that you come in for a consultation before committing to the treatment, as not all hair types are suited to the procedure. We will assess your hair and skin type before beginning treatment to ensure that laser hair removal is the best treatment option for you.
With any surgery, there are some risks involved. During your initial consultation with one of our skilled, friendly and expert team members we will discuss with you the possible risks and complications. This will allow you to be fully aware of what to expect from each treatment.
This depends on the treatment or procedure you undergo. To find out more, check out the individual treatment pages.
No, treatments like the Dermapen do not have downtime but there may be some redness or soreness depending on the procedure or treatment.
At Ashbury Cosmetics in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast we offer breast enlargements, nipple elevation and breast reductions.
If you are healthy, near your ideal weight and have realistic expectations of what cosmetic surgery is able to achieve then you may be a suitable candidate, visit Ashbury Cosmetics at either our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
Anti-ageing procedures are elective and therefore performed at the discretion of a patient. Although there are ethical boundaries around performing cosmetic procedures on minors, the majority of anti-aging procedures can be performed as soon as you become concerned about the effects of ageing.
Some patients may have bruising, redness, swelling and asymmetry directly after anti-wrinkle injections have been administered. However, when using legal, quality injections there are few known long-term side effects. Although there are fears about shifting and moving of fillers, Ashbury clinic offers injectables that rarely move or become lumpy.
The number of treatments depends completely on the severity of your concern as well as what products you and your doctor have decided to use.
Most treatments last between 6-12 months. With regular anti-ageing injections at Ashbury, effects can be seen longer term.
Yes! At Ashbury Cosmetics, we perform laser hair removal with the use of the iPulse, which is one of the quickest and most convenient hair removal techniques. The iPulse uses targeted wavelengths of light to get rid of hair. The energy from the iPulse actually penetrates the skin, which means that you don’t have to wait for signs of hair growth before receiving your next treatment. The entire permanent hair reduction process is usually completed in 4 to 7 treatments, each of which is comfortable and fast.
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a condition caused by a concentration of sweat glands that are activated when your body is moving, overheated, emotional or adapting to certain emotional changes. In individuals with hyperhidrosis, these factors tend to overstimulate the sweat glands, leading to excess sweating. The condition can affect many areas of the body, although the most commonly affected areas include the hands, feet, armpits and groin. While the condition is generally harmless, it can cause discomfort. For this reason, we offer treatments to effectively reduce excessive sweating.
We offer sweat gland ablation with the use of the Cynosure Precision TX laser, which works by significantly reducing excessive sweat. The laser absorbs water and causes a microbubble effect at the tip, producing energy that is applied to the tissue of the sweat glands. This kind of laser treatment is very precise and less disruptive than other methods. We perform the procedure at our premises as a once-off treatment. The procedure generally takes just 1 hour to complete. We do, however, recommend that you come in for a follow-up consultation a week after your treatment so that we can assess your results.
The work of most anti-wrinkle injections is to inhibit the movement of the muscles reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This may change how your face moves and the range of your facial expressions, when performed correctly you can still be able to show expression. Sometimes however, after anti-wrinkle injections your expressions may be a little milder.
Most cases of teeth grinding are caused as a result of stress and anxiety, and the condition often occurs when one is sleeping. There are, however, a number of other factors that can lead to teeth grinding. These include certain medications, such as those often prescribed for depression and other mental illnesses. Jaw problems and missing or crooked teeth can also lead to teeth grinding, while some lifestyle habits like the use of recreational drugs, consumption of alcohol and the use of tobacco can all contribute to the condition.
If left untreated, teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can cause considerable pain and sensitivity in the teeth and jaw. The habit can also lead to headaches and ear pain. Bruxism can also lead to significant wear and tear on the teeth over time, which can then cause a number of oral health issues, including broken or fractured teeth, tooth mobility and receding and inflamed gums. It’s important to treat teeth grinding as early as possible in order to avoid pain and discomfort and to prevent further damage to the teeth and jaws.
CoolShaping is a non-invasive treatment, which means that there is no recovery time and it is generally possible to return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. You shouldn’t feel any pain during the treatment, and there are no major side effects associated with the procedure. That said, it is quite normal to experience some minor bruising, redness of the skin and numbness following your treatment. These side effects are fairly common, and will resolve over time. They won’t cause any damage to your skin and should not be any cause for concern.