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Facial Aesthetics

Save Face Practitioner

Maintaining or restoring your natural appearance - Offering a range of non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments to help restore youth and vitality into your skin. Using safe, effective proven skilled techniques.

You're probably familiar with some of the visual effects of ageing – loss of elasticity in the skin, and lines appearing around the face and eyes. These are all merely natural aspects of growing older, but in some cases you may feel you would like to brighten or freshen up your appearance. Thankfully, this can be realistically achieved today with a little help using non-invasive facial aesthetics.

If you would like to discuss the options available to you, then we would recommend you book a complimentary initial consultation, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. This allows us to assess your suitability and to explain the best procedures available to you.

Dr Downey completed training in Botulinum Toxin & Dermal Fillers with Cosmetic Courses run by Adrian Richards - one of the UK's leading plastic surgeons.

Dr Downey is an Accredited Save Face Practitioner.

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After contemplating having facial aesthetics for some time, a friend of mine recommended that I see Dr James Downey for a consultation. I did and from there, decided to go ahead with the treatment. I am very pleased with how well it has worked. The procedure was almost pain free and I could see results after the first 8 days. I attended the follow up appointment about 2 weeks after having the treatment and was reassured by Dr Downey that it had all gone well. I will have no hesitation to return to Dr Downey when I feel as though I need another treatment.

Miss Tamara Smith

3 years ago I decided I would try facial aesthetics with Dr Downey and as expected Dr Downey was amazing, extremely professional gentle and meticulously exact. I have continued to have treatments with Dr Downey ever since. I would not see anyone else for this kind of appointment/treatment and would absolutely recommend.

Mrs Martins

I have had facial aesthetics on and off over the last 5 years. I was told about Dr Downey and decided to see him for my latest treatment. I am extremely happy with the results. Dr Downey was very relaxed and made me feel very comfortable during the whole procedure. I had no side effects and felt as though he was very professional. I look forward to seeing him in the future for further treatments.

Miss Louisa Thomas

Questions & Answers

How safe is it?

The safest conditions are those issued by The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) whose guidance says treatments should only be carried out on licensed premises with resuscitation equipment available in case of an emergency. The RCS also recommends that only doctors, dentists or registered nurses who have undergone the appropriate training should be allowed to perform the treatments.

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Dr Downey completed training in 2013 for Botulinum Toxin & Dermal Fillers with Cosmetic Courses run by Adrian Richards - one of the UK's leading plastic surgeons.

Dr Downey is an Accredited Save Face Practitioner .

How does it Work?

By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime, the skin is creased in areas of greatest use. The aging process causes the slowdown of collagen and elastin production in the skin so these areas of over-use become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.

In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible), during which time the patient can break the subconscious habit of overusing these muscles. Depending on each individual and the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from a relaxation of the muscles to an inability to move the muscles. For the first couple of years, treatments about every 4 months are required to re-educate the facial muscles. Thereafter, treatments would be less frequent until a yearly maintenance treatment may be all that is required.

What happens during treatment?

The procedure takes about 10 to 20 minutes. We will ask you to use certain muscles of the face to observe how they work. The area may have some slight redness and swelling, which normally resolves in an hour or two. After treatment, you should not massage the area. You should not lie down for four hours after treatment.

Is it painful?

Occasionally patients may experience very slight discomfort. Local anaesthetic is not normally required.

How long does it last?

The treatment normally starts to take effect after 4 to 14 days, but this may vary slightly. The effect will normally last between 2 and 6 months, when you will start to notice an ability to move the muscles more freely.

What are the Side effects?

Side effects of these treatments are rare. Some patients report very mild discomfort, and there may be mild swelling, which usually subsides in 48 hours. Patients treated with therapeutic doses can experience exaggerated muscle weakness and occasionally a temporary drooping of the eyelid can occur. This may last a few weeks but will always resolve. Special eye drops can be prescribed to help lift the lid back into position. In extremely rare cases, patients have developed an allergy to the treatment. While others have shown resistance, ie it caused little or no effect.

Treatment Fees

We provide a Free initial consultation prior to any facial aesthetics treatment.

If you proceed, the cost depends upon the number of areas being treated - please see our fees table.

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