At West London Interventional Clinic we believe in providing great transparency about all our treatments, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by our patients. For anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What do treatments involve?
After an initial consultation, the appropriate treatment will be recommended and discussed. The area to be treated will be cleaned thoroughly using a chlorhexidine wash. Cosmetic injections are generally quick and patients are able to go home soon afterwards.
Some of the pain management injections are more involved requiring ultrasound or X-Ray and sometimes sedation, therefore patients may need to remain in the clinic until they recover (could be 30-60 minutes or more depending on the clinical condition). Cosmetic treatments involve the use of botulinum toxin and or dermal filler (hyaluronic acid). Pain management treatments always include local anaesthetic and often steroid and visco-supplementation.
How safe are the treatments?
All the treatments offered have a long and excellent safety record. However, every procedure or medication carries a risk. These procedures are typically considered to be very low risk and the majority of any complications experienced will resolve spontaneously over time.
Are the treatments painful?
All injections are painful to some extent. The cosmetic injections are generally associated with minimal discomfort only. The pain relief injections are more uncomfortable because the injection is going into an area that is often already painful. However, local anaesthetics are always used to minimize any discomfort. Any discomfort experienced will be transient and in the highly unlikely event that the treatment was not tolerated the procedure would be stopped.
How successful are the treatments?
The safe minimally invasive cosmetic procedures using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers are highly successful when used in the appropriate way. Botulinum toxin has maximal effect at 2 weeks and typically lasts several months, while dermal fillers can have an impact immediately with the effect lasting 12-18 months or longer in some cases.
Injections for painful conditions are beneficial in almost three-quarters of cases. This is because some painful conditions are resistant to treatment. Viscosupplementation injections with Hyaluronic acid for knee osteoarthritic pain typically have a good response for longer than 6 months and can enable many people to maximize quality of life and postpone major surgery for as long as possible.
Are natural products used?
Dermal fillers are made of Hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin (or dermis). Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are used to treat age-related changes to the face such as thinning, wrinkling and loss of volume and elasticity. They are very safe, derived from a natural substance and their effect can last for more than a year in many cases.
They are eventually absorbed back into the skin unlike more artificial substances such as collagen, which can be associated with a more artificial look and for that reason are not used at the clinic. Botulinum toxin type A occurs naturally in certain bacteria, but the drug used in clinical practice is a synthetic highly purified product subject to stringent safety regulations.
Medical Botox has a great safety record and has a wide variety of other clinical uses including treatment of muscular spasm, headaches, lazy eye and overactive bladder. Steroids occur naturally in the body, but the pharmaceutical grade compounds used within the clinic are manufactured to the highest national standards.
Is it possible to be allergic to treatments?
Yes, although this is unlikely. Allergic reactions are usually mild temporary reactions such as redness, itching and swelling. Extremely rare anaphylactic reactions may occur with any treatment offered and these will be managed emergently.
To put things in perspective it is worth noting that anaphylactic reactions may perhaps be commonly associated with everyday food items such as peanuts and medications such as antibiotics.