FAQs

Botulinum toxin

In expert hands, botulinum toxin injections can provide a subtle but highly effective reduction in unwanted frown lines, forehead lines, crow's feet and upper lip lines. It is also possible to provide a nice eyebrow lift, a reduction in down turning at the edges of the mouth, a reduction in chin dimpling and a reduction in neck lines. We do not relax any facial muscles that affect smiling or general expression. The result is a softer, calmer and more youthful look. Overall patient satisfaction with botulinum toxin is very high. At the Dr Mulrooney Clinic we treat very conservatively initially, and then follow-up patients in two weeks when the botulinum toxin has reached it’s full efficacy. More botulinum toxin can be added at this time if needed. This top-up procedure is free of charge.

Botulinum toxin is slowly metabolized by the body and when precisely injected into small facial and neck muscles works only where injected. Botulinum toxin has been used safely, even in children, for non-cosmetic purposes, since the 1980's. Relatively small doses of Botulinum toxin are used for cosmetic treatments. There are no known long term side-effects.

In the US the age indication for botulinum toxin injections is 20-45years of age, however we feel this is premature. In our experience, patients normally begin to request botulinum toxin injections in their late 20s-early 30s when fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, most commonly frown lines/crow's feet. It is important to remember that these injections are a preventative treatment rather than a curative one, ie. If lines are allowed become engrained in the skin they can not be softened by botulinum toxin injections alone, this would require a 'triple therapy' approach ie, a combination of Fraxel laser resurfacing, Botulinum toxin injections and filler. Therefore prevention is better than cure.

In most cases, no one will know you have had a treatment at all! Botulinum toxin treatment is really a lunch-time procedure. Bruising can occur but is uncommon and usually minor. We use ice to minimize both discomfort and swelling, but most patients are amazed at how quick and simple Botulinum toxin injection treatment really is.

No, not at all. In fact the opposite is true. Botulinum toxin injections work by relaxing the underlying muscles, so wrinkles are never quite as deep as they were before the patient started their botulinum toxin treatments.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser facials

This is a combination of a superficial chemical peel followed by Intense Pulsed Light(IPL) laser treatment. The peel brightens the skin while IPL works to shrink small capillaries that cause flushing and unwanted redness. It also breaks up age spots and other pigmented lesions which are the result of progressive photo damage. IPL also stimulates the collagen, a protein in the dermis, to improve overall skin tone and texture. It reduces pore size and diminishes fine lines. IPL is also used to treat sun damage on hands, arms, neck, shoulders and the back. IPL therapy is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Europe for men and women. Overall treatment takes 30 minutes, and normally six treatments are needed to achieve best results.

There are many different IPL devices on the market. Some spa-grade IPL devices are under-powered and can’t perform as promised. Not all IPL devices work equally at eliminating capillaries and brown spots. The makers of the Lumenis Vasculight invented IPL technology and their IPL devices remain among the best on the market today. Our Lumenis Vasculight Elite is a superior IPL device providing excellent results and patient satisfaction.

There is no downtime with these procedures so absolutely patients can return to normal activities straight away. This is why this procedure is so popular.

No because a glycolic acid peel is a superficial peel and such an even exfoliation is achieved that the patients skin does not peel.

Facial Fillers

Fillers are mainly injected into mid and lower face to fill out wrinkles and restore lost volume. The patient can bruise after fillers so we recommend that you stop Aspirin, Anti-inflammatories such as 'Difene', Alcohol and Fish Oils one week before the treatment and also start Arnica tablets one week beforehand to help minimise the risk of bruising. If a bruise occurs it can last between 5-8 days depending on the severity, so have a good concealer to hand for camouflage.

Cosmeceuticals

These are medical grade skin care products developed for physicians that provide pharmaceutical grade ingredients products and quality control. They have a proven record of cleansing, moisturizing, protecting and exfoliating the skin to reduce fine lines, restore glow and tone, protect against the harmful effects of solar radiation and pollution and generally slow the effects of aging on the skin. They contain higher concentrations of antioxidants, retinoids, alphahydroxy acids and other proven medical therapies than those found in traditional skin care products. At The Dr. Mulrooney Clinic, we seek out only the highest-quality skin care products for our patients.

Sun-Damaged Skin

Sun damage occurs to the skin over time, primarily from the effects of solar ultraviolet radiation. Radiation damage degrades the collagen or protein deep in our skin. This leads to loosening of the skin and sagging as well as discolouration through pigment changes and the development of facial red veins. There are a number of treatments available for sun damaged skin including Fraxel and Intense Pulsed Light lasers. These lasers are particularly effective in the treatment of sun damaged skin, as they stimulate collagen production, reduce the age-related irregular pigmentation and red veins, thereby overall skin tone is dramatically improved. Also our cosmeceutical skin care products are formulated to help reduce sun damage and to protect the skin during sun exposure.

General Questions

Many over the counter and prescription topical preparations have been developed and marketed to both prevent and treat ageing skin, some of which have a true longstanding scientific base, such as retinoic acid, antioxidants, glycolic acid, lactic acid, pentapeptides, tissue growth factors. Others however have little or no scientific facts to support their extravagant claims other than powerful multi million dollar advertising campaigns!

Unfortunately Celtic skin ages the quickest of all skin types and is also the most sensitive skin type in the world. Here in lies the problem, as many proven 'anti-aging' products can be very irritating so it's essential to use products that suit your skin type. Stick to your own personalised prescriptive at-home skin care regime for best results without irritation. Finally, the most important anti-aging product you should use is sunscreen, and it may take a certain degree of trial and error for you to find the perfect one, but it's well worth the effort.

Absolutely, there is strong evidence from studies carried out in the UK suggesting that daily use of sunscreen from April-September can more than halve the effects of unprotected sun exposure in a 70 year lifespan.

Considering that sun damage can account for up to 90% of the negative effects of skin ageing, its seems logical to use sunscreens. It is also essential to apply adequate amounts of sunscreens as it is estimated that we apply approximately 1/3 of the recommended amount and hence are not as protected as we think.

Finally sunscreens can cause skin irritation or allergy, in which case stick to a physical block which can have a slightly chalky feel however is very inert and much less likely to cause an adverse skin reaction.

We require 48 hours notice for cancellations on ALL treatments.

We require a 50% deposit at the time of making an appointment for all LASER treatments.

There is ample on street parking at the Doctor Mulrooney Clinic on Eglinton Road. Parking is in the red zone if using the Parking Tag app. 

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