What is bio-stimulator treatment?
Bio-stimulator is made of Poly-L-Lactic acid, a biocompatible and biodegradable material, which works by stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that is abundant in the skin and is responsible for its elasticity and firmness. Over time, collagen production naturally decreases as part of the aging process which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging, lacklustre skin. In patients for whom this is a concern, bio-stimulator is injected into the dermis, where it acts gradually to improve its appearance.
The treatment typically requires several injections over the course of several weeks, with results gradually improving over several months. Unlike other injectable treatments that provide immediate results, bio-stimulator is a longer-lasting treatment that can produce more natural-looking results without adding excess volume to the face.
It is my first time with you, do I need to book a consultation beforehand?
Welcome! It is not necessary to book a separate consultation in addition to treatment time. Each appointment is flexible and includes ample consultation time. Of course, if you are unsure and would like some time to think your options over before proceeding, you are more than welcome to book in for a no-obligation consultation.
How long does the appointment take?
Each bio-stimulator appointment takes approximately 30-45 minutes including consultation time. The actual injecting component generally only takes a few minutes depending on the area being treated. Please allow approximately 60 minutes due to the unpredictable nature of medical appointments.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately post treatment, swelling, lumping and bruising may be present. Because the collagen stimulating effects of the treatment occur over time, results are best seen at approximately the 6-12 week. 1-2 treatments are generally required for best results, with the second treatment conducted 6 weeks after the first.
How long does the treatment last?
Beyond a certain age, our bodies are constantly losing collagen. Therefore, repeat treatments are recommended every 2 years.
Will I bruise or swell?
Depending on the area treated and the method used (cannula vs needle), bio-stimulator will commonly result in minor bruising or swelling. Rarely, this can be severe and may take over a week to completely heal. Therefore, it is recommended treatment is conducted at least a few weeks before any important events. If you bruise easily, you may be at higher risk of bruising. The risk of bruising may be lessened by avoiding blood-thinning vitamins, medications and foods for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Rigorous exercise, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any risks?
As with all medical procedures, bio-stimulator treatments do offer rare, but possible side-effects. These are discussed in detail during consultation and include the possibility of ongoing swelling, bruising, lumps, granulomas, infection, and very rarely, vascular occlusion or blindness. Cosmetic Nurse Jana is highly trained in safe-injecting practice and providing emergency response should intravascular injection occur. All potential risks and side-effects are discussed in detail during each appointment.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
It is preferable you attend your appointment make-up free. If this is not possible, make up in the targeted areas will be removed by our practitioners prior to treatment. If you wish to minimise your chances of bruising, it is also recommended that, where medically suitable, you avoid blood thinning medications and vitamins for 1-2 weeks prior. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine in the preceding 24 hours and not partake in any heat inducing activities, such as heavy work outs, the day of treatment.
What are the after-care instructions?
Remain upright for 4-6 hours post treatment.
Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 24 hours post treatment. These include intense exercise, steam rooms, saunas, spas.
Avoid makeup for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid blood thinning medications, vitamins and food for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid tattooing, lasers or invasive facials for 2-weeks post treatment.
Massage the treated area as instructed for 5 minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days.
Is the treatment painful?
Almost all patients find bio-stimulator treatments very comfortable. Both topical and local anaesthetic are used. Depending on your own pain tolerance, some gentle pinches or small pricks may be felt but the treatment is very quick, and for the most part, very tolerable.
I’m needle-phobic, can I still have treatment?
Of course! Cosmetic Nurse Jana specialises in treating nervous patients and has many techniques to ensure your complete comfort. Please make sure you have a big meal prior to treatment.
I’m flying in to see you, can I have treatment on the same day?
Cosmetic Nurse Jana has many clients fly interstate to see her. Generally, she prefer patients to avoid flying for 24-48hours post treatment and to be available for a 2-week review if needed.
Who can’t have treatment?
Anyone under 18, pregnant or breast-feeding women, anyone unwell and anyone undergoing dental work or facial surgery 2 weeks either side of their appointment. It is the patient’s obligation to inform the practitioner of all medical issues and medications. All patients are consulted with a doctor prior to treatment where any individual medical issues or potential contraindications can be discussed.