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Dr. Kate Horgan

Dr. Kate Horgan

Dr. Horgan graduated from University College Cork in 2010, having been awarded the very prestigious IADR David Scott Fellowship, and overall winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Operative Dentistry, with the Academy of Operative Dentistry. After graduating she spent some time working with the dental team in Work The World, a voluntary organisation in Nepal. After that Dr. Horgan worked in general dental practice in the UK before returning home to the Ireland. Dr. Horgans interests lie specifically in the area of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry as well as providing a full range of Orthodontic Services. Dr. Horgan has constantly developed her skills and dental expertise by adding to the list of advanced dental procedures that she can provide. She can be found in Cork and Limerick at Alexandra Dental and Allure Medical. 

What question do you get asked most often by new patients?

The question I get asked most often is: “Will it hurt?”
Most people who have never had the procedure before are nervous as they know that needles are involved – all are pleasantly surprised after as it is relatively painless, the most common comment afterwards being “Is that it?”!
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 What is the biggest mistake people make when getting wrinkle injections?

The biggest misconception is that anti wrinkle injections can get rid of all lines. They can stop movement lines from forming, as they reduce muscle movement, but static lines (lines that are there all the time) will take time to ease out and may never go completely. Also, people with hooded eyes should avoid treating the frontal is muscle (upper forehead) as this can exacerbate the problem. 
 
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Are there any risks to having botox?

The most common risks are bruising, or eyebrow or eyelid ptosis (droopy lid or flattened brow). Other risks include headache, dry eyes, diplopia (double vision), or allergic reaction. Thankfully complications are very rare! I always tell new clients that there is also the risk of becoming addicted to having a smoother, fresher appearance!!! 
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Is there any right age to start having botox treatments?

Not age per se but ideally lighter lines forming should be treated with a lighter dose to prevent really deep wrinkles forming. 
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How much is too much?

Where the patient isn’t happy with the result. I think treatment works best where people look like a fresher version of themselves, not completely frozen. However some people love the frozen look, and in that case you have to do what the client wants. With first time clients I usually go with the “less is more” approach and you can always add more product to give the desired result after two weeks if necessary.