16 Jul Skinology by Dr Anna
Are you looking for anti-wrinkle treatments in Basingstoke? Have you been considering lip fillers but are uncertain where to go for treatment? Are you looking for an experienced practitioner who you can trust?
Here at Basingstoke Orthodontics, we love finding exciting ways to make our patients smile. That’s why we’ve recently welcomed to our team the highly experienced and glamourous Dr Anna Hicks.
Dr Anna is a qualified General Medical Practitioner and Family Medicine doctor. Her experience has spanned the NHS, British Army, Private Medicine in United Arab Emirates and Aviation Medicine.
She also offers skydiving medicals. She’s a Doctor like no other!
Her next adventure is here with us at Basingstoke Orthodontics providing facial aesthetic treatments for our patients. With over 15 years of clinical experience her calming approach twinned with the best quality products, result in subtle enhancements which are guaranteed to get you grinning wrinkle-free.
Q&A with Dr Anna
Where did you gain your qualification? I trained with Harley Academy in London, the UK’s leading aesthetic training provider. I still attend for ongoing professional development, and I am undergoing my Level 7 higher diploma in Aesthetic Medicine.
My Doctor training was at the University of Birmingham Medical School, and I qualified a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010.
Where can I find before and after pictures of your work?
What is in Botox? Anti-Wrinkle Injections use Botulinum Toxin, which blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face – most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases.
What is in the fillers? Dermal fillers use Hyaluronic Acid which is a naturally occurring substance that exists naturally in our skin and joints, but it decreases with the ageing process. Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent way to not only restore skin freshness and fullness, but also can be used to enhance features, and correct perceived imperfections.
Is there any possible side effects or allergic reaction to the products you administer? Allergic reactions are always a risk to any medication, but fortunately this is rare with aesthetic products. Also, as a fully trained and current GP doctor, I am able to administer the full spectrum of treatment for allergic reactions. There is always also a small risk of bruising, infection, and asymmetry, but with correct, gentle and clean product placement and good after care this risk is hugely reduced!
How often do I need top ups for Botox? Some people like it every 3 months, some every 6 months, some like it as a treat once a year or so. But most will initially have every 3-4 months, as it wears off after about 3-4 months, but you may need it less often after repeat treatment. And fillers? Filler duration depends on the type of filler injected and where it is injected, as we need to use different consistencies of filler for different places. Lip fillers last approx. 9-12 months, cheek fillers 12-18 months, and jawline and chin fillers can last up to 2 years.
How long does it take to see results? Anti-wrinkle injections take 2 weeks to have maximal effect on reduced muscle movement, and lines can continue to soften further up to the 4 week point. Filler results can be seen immediately, but initial swelling can take a week or two to fully settle for final results
Does it hurt? Anti-wrinkle (AKA Botox) treatment is pretty painless, just a few sharp scratches, especially as I use super-fine tiny needles. Filler can be a bit more uncomfortable.
Do you put numbing cream on the treatment area before injecting? – Numbing cream is used for lip filler, microneedling, and skin boosters around the mouth. For other areas numbing cream is not needed as they are much less sensitive and only some discomfort should be felt.
Does it ever go wrong? No medical or aesthetic procedure comes without risk, but I’m pleased to confirm that I have a very low complication rate, which I attribute to being a fully trained doctor, with a perfectionist eye for detail!
How toxic is Botox and how does the body react to it? In the small doses used in aesthetics, Botulinum Toxin is very safe. It would take about 500-1000 times the dose of what we use in aesthetics to risk killing someone, so it really is pretty safe!
Is the product vegan/vegetarian? Yes, they are all vegan friendly.
How many ml of lip fillers can you get per session? A maximum of 1ml filler per session for lips…further filler can be added at 1 month intervals if the client wishes
Is this considered plastic surgery? No, this is aesthetic medicine, we are not using scalpels or needing General Anaesthetic. Aesthetic medicine is easily accessible medical care to enhance features and reverse the ageing process.
Needless to say, by choosing Skinology by Dr Anna at Basingstoke Orthodontics you’ll be in exceptionally capable hands.
And if you play your cards right, she might even tell you some of her stories about working with Tom Cruise. Yes, Tom Cruise.