FAQ

Anti-wrinkle injections

  • How long does it last?

    Usually between 12–16 weeks, but results vary.

  • When will I see results?

    Almost always evident by the 2-week mark, but you might even see results in a few days. That's why I like to review patients after 2 weeks to assess.

  • How long will it take to recover?

    Most people can just go straight back to work as there is no needed recovery time. However, you will be advised not to exercise, lie down or touch the area for 4 hours after the treatment

  • Are there side effects?

    When the procedure is performed by a qualified practitioner, the side effects are minimal and temporary. Any bruising, swelling and tenderness usually resolves within a few days.

  • When will I see results?

    You will see your results immediately.

  • How long will it last?

    Depending on the filler used, some last for 3-6 months and some last for 12-18 months.

  • How is it done?

    As it is not a filler, we use the hyaluronic acid and needling to promote collagen and improve skin hydration, which involves a series of small injections into the skin using a very fine needle.

  • When will I see results?

    The initial treatment involves a course of 3 skin booster sessions, each a month apart. After this, maintenance treatments usually occur every 6 months.

  • Who is suitable for the treatment?

    It is suitable for everyone – for the young to prevent, the middle aged to maintain and the mature aged to treat.

Thread Lift

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The procedure is over in 30 minutes, and you will be able to get back to your life with minimal recovery time.

  • What areas can be treated?

    - Contour of the face
    - Jaw line
    - Cheeks and mid face area
    - Eyebrows
    - Neck

  • How does it work?

    Silhouette Soft is a testament with a dual lift and collagen regenerating effect. 1- A lifting action: for an immediate and discreet effect.

A regenerative action: for gradual and natural looking results, Silhouette Soft promotes the restoration of lost collagen

  • Why is Silhouette Soft innovative?

    - Immediate, natural-looking lifting effect
    - Progressive restoration of lost collagen
    - Entire re-absorption component
    - 30-minute procedure
    - No incision
    - Long-lasting effects last over 12 months
    - Ideal treatment for midface, eyebrow, neck or jaw line areas that can be treated separately or at the same time
    Gynaecological laser/Juliet Feminine Laser

  • What is stress urinary incontinence?

    Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem that causes involuntary loss of urine during coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical exertion such as running .

  • What causes stress incontinence?

    SUI is caused by weakening of the urethral closure mechanism due to changes that affect the pelvic floor. The most common cause is vaginal childbirth, obesity and ageing.

  • How is it treated?

    SUI is usually assessed in regards to its severity. For mild to moderate types, non-invasive treatments are recommended, such as physiotherapy muscular training and pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegel exercises, which are useful but patients usually find it difficult to comply. Recently, there has been more evidence to support the use of laser as a non-invasive treatment for mild to moderate cases.

    In addition to physiotherapy, Dr Farag uses Incontilase, which is a gentle laser photo thermal heating that induces collagen in both the vaginal wall and urethral region, causing thickening and tightening of the vaginal wall and urethra to improve its function and reduce or prevent urine loss.

    If the condition is severe or not responding to these non-invasive treatments, we recommend referral to urogynecologist or urologist for surgical treatment.

  • Is Juliet feminine laser treatment for stress incontinence and vaginal laxity syndrome painful?

    Juliet feminine laser therapy is simple, non-invasive office-based procedure that is painless and highly effective without need for hospitalisation or surgery.

  • How long does it take to perform Juliet Feminine Laser treatment for stress urinary incontinence?

    The procedure itself is completed in 30 minutes, but we allow more time for patient preparation and aftercare discussion for patient comfort and convenience.

  • How many sessions would a patient need and how long it is effective?

    Depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient, 2 sessions of Juliet laser therapy 4-6 weeks apart are usually sufficient with yearly maintainence sessions. Some patients require a third session before they are put in a yearly maintenance program.
    - Laser rejuvenation
    - Skin tightening
    - Ratio frequency/pellere radio frequency

  • What is Pelleve RF cosmetic?

    This is non-surgical skin rejuvenation using radio-frequency energy to create a heated zone to induce collagen, resulting in skin tightening and facial wrinkle reduction.

  • Is it painful?

    Pelleve skin tightening is a painless procedure that takes around an hour with no downtime. While you may experience slight redness and minimal swelling that lasts for few hours, it is easily covered with makeup and you can usually get right back to your daily life.

  • When will I see results? How many treatments will I need?

    Results such as firm skin and wrinkle reduction are often noticeable quickly with optimum results requiring a series of 3–6 treatment sessions one month apart. Results may be maintained by a session as required.

  • What is RF surgery?

    RF surgery is the use of high-frequency radio waves instead of a scalpel to achieve fine and accurate surgical incisions, resulting in minimal bleeding, bruising and swelling as well as quicker wound healing with minimal or no scarring.

  • Am I a candidate for Pelleve RF surgery?

    If you have unsightly or raised lesions or facial vessels, you could be a good candidate for RF surgery.

  • What are the benefits of PRP?

    As it is your own blood, it is completely natural and there is no possibility of allergies.

  • When will I see results?

    This treatment requires 2–3 sessions 4 weeks apart with maintenance once a year. You will start to see results at the 6–week mark.

  • Is it painful?

    We use topical local anesthetic and very fine needles, so most of my patients can manage the procedure with no problems.

  • What do I need to do before and after a chemical peel?

    You need to have a consultation where your doctor will inquire about your medical history, medications and allergies prior to performing the peel. Other information like history of cold sores or keloid scarring is very important to tell your doctor. You will be notified about the possible side effects and advised to cease using glycol preparations and Retin-A prior to the peel. You will need to avoid exposure to the sun as skin will be photo sensitive and easy to burn following a chemical peel, so using a broad spectrum sunscreen and UV avoidance is strongly recommended. You will be asked to return in few days for a review to make sure healing is going smoothly and that you are happy with results.

  • Can what I eat cause acne breakouts?

    Generally, no. The primary trigger of most cases of acne is the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflammed and break out. This happens at times of major hormonal change, such as during the menstrual cycle and the teen years, no matter what you eat.

    There is some evidence that suggests certain diets may have an effect on acne, such as a high consumption of dairy products raising the risk of getting acne because of the hormones in milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, subsequent studies have not supported the theory. Other studies have shown that a diet with a high glycemic index, such as white breads, waffles, and other carbs, worsens acne.

  • Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?

    No, but you may change brands. We recommend that you look for mineral makeup and cosmetics and toiletries labelled 'non-comedogenic', meaning they don’t clog pores.

  • Why does acne occur most often in teenagers?

    The trigger for acne is fluctuating hormones – in particular, the male hormone testosterone. (Women also produce testosterone.) When teenagers reach puberty, their hormones start surging - and often, acne does too.

  • Why do some adults have acne?

    Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also be present in adults. Women may experience hormonal swings during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause that result in acne breakouts.

    Acne can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as anticonvulsants and steroid drugs. Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to acne. One study found that 50% of adults with acne had a parent, sibling or child with acne.

  • What acne treatments are best for me?

    That depends on many factors: your age, whether you’re male or female, how severe your acne is and how long you’ve had it, among others.

    For mild to moderate acne, we will start with a combination of a topical cream or gel containing either a retinoid or benzoyl peroxide along with a topical antibiotic. For more inflammatory acne, an oral antibiotic may be added. For more significant cases of acne, women may be placed on birth control pills or other medication that also blocks male hormones. Severe cases of acne may be treated with the Isotretinoin, which is very effective, but may have some negative side effects and needs monitoring.

  • Will my acne ever go away?

    Most acne will resolve itself by the end of puberty, but some people still suffer from acne in adulthood. However, the majority of acne can be successfully treated. It depends on finding the right treatment for you and being compliant to it.

  • What causes Bruxism?

    Stress is the most common cause of Bruxism. Personality traits can be a contributing factor as competitive, overactive or aggressive people tend to suffer from the condition.

  • What are the symptoms of Bruxism?

    - Teeth grinding so loud that it disrupts your sleep or your partner's sleep
    - Teeth sensitivity
    - Teeth damage
    - Jaw pain
    - Ear pain
    - Headaches
    - Bulky and tight chewing muscles resulting in tight jaw muscle, prominent jaw angle and squarish face

  • How does Botulinum toxin treat Bruxism?

    The injections of botulinum toxin in the chewing muscle (the masseter) causes the the muscle to relax for a few months. Treatment is repeated twice or three times a year depending on how severe the condition is. Over time, rehabilitation is possible if you are able to get used to not grinding.

  • Can I eat normally after the treatment?

    Yes. However, you will probably prefer to avoid crunchy foods over the first few days. We initially suggest smaller bites and allowing more time to chew.

  • How long will the procedure take and is it painful?

    The skin area will be cleansed and covered with topical anaesthetic cream for 30–40 min. When the area is numbed, the botulinum toxin injections are performed using very fine needles, which significantly minimise the discomfort. The complete procedure will take less than 60 minutes.

  • How long will the effects of the treatment last?

    The use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be most effective when performed by a trained physician, and the individual will notice its effect in 1-2 weeks with results lasting up to 6 months.

  • Will I need to repeat the treatment?

    As the treatment effects last for a few months, patients may need to have treatments twice a year or 3 times a year if they wish.

  • What are the common lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger rosacea flare-ups?

    Most common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin care products.

  • Will rosacea get worse with age?

    There is no way to predict how an individual's rosacea will progress, but it has been observed that the signs and symptoms tend to become increasingly severe without treatment. Fortunately, compliance with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications to avoid rosacea triggers have shown to effectively control its signs and symptoms on a long-term basis.

  • Can rosacea be cured?

    No, rosacea cannot be cured, but medical treatments are available that can control its symptoms.

  • How is rosacea treated?

    The signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from patient to patient, and treatment must be tailored to each individual case. Some patients are troubled by redness and flushing, while others have bumps and pimples, thickening of the skin, eye rosacea or a combination. Those with bumps and pimples often get prescribed oral and topical rosacea therapy, and a topical therapy to reduce facial redness is now available. When appropriate, laser treatment or other surgical procedures may be used to remove visible blood vessels, reduce extensive redness or correct disfigurement of the nose. Eye symptoms are also treated differently.

    In all cases, rosacea patients are advised to identify and avoid lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate their individual condition. Patients may also benefit from gentle and appropriate skin care, and cosmetics may be used to reduce the visible effects of rosacea.

  • Why are antibiotics prescribed for rosacea? Is it a bacterial infection?

    It is unknown exactly why antibiotics work against rosacea, but it is widely believed that it is due to their anti-inflammatory properties rather than their antibacterial effect.