Back in my grandmother’s day, there weren’t a lot of options to keep yourself looking good – it was either a facial at the beautician or a facelift! Fortunately, now, we don’t have to go from one extreme to the other; there are many procedures that fall between. However, because people have the perception that the cosmetic industry is lucrative, it, unfortunately, attracts dodgy players simply there to extract your money that in turn, doesn’t offer you the level of patient care you deserve.
Do value word of mouth
Positive or negative, word of mouth can be really valuable when finding a cosmetic injector, you can trust. Particularly if it is from someone whose opinion you respect. If you can see that the work they’ve had done is of a high quality then this can help point you in the direction of a respectable practitioner. I, however, would not rely on word of mouth alone as it’s necessary to do a bit more detective work.
Don’t have treatments done outside of a clinic setting
For safety purposes, I would not recommend having any cosmetic treatments performed outside of a cosmetic clinic or a doctors office. Treatments performed outside of these settings (e.g. in homes or hotel rooms), present a less favourable situation when things go wrong. An environment with appropriate medications and trained staff available, ensures you are in the best hands possible.
Do be sceptical of cheap prices
If a deal is too cheap to be true – It probably is! The drug companies that supply injectors with products have prices pretty much fixed, so there isn’t a lot of difference between them within one country. If it is too cheap, I’d be worried. The product is likely counterfeit or poor quality, that has come from overseas to a dodgy practitioner.
Don’t go chasing cheap deals or specials
Don’t be driven by price. Although cosmetic treatments are in the beauty realm, it is still a medical procedure and it is illegal and unethical to incentivise people to have them done. When you find a practitioner with an aesthetic you like and trust, try to stick with them. A good practitioner will do their best to help you get the most out of your budget and achieve consistent long terms results.
Do be wary when travelling overseas
It is imperative when travelling outside of Australia to be really careful who you to go for cosmetic work. I was really shocked to find out that in the UK and parts of the Middle East they allow beauticians to inject – necrosis is a big issue in these countries. Necrosis refers to filler being injected into an artery and blocking the blood supply to distal tissue. This can result in dead tissue in the nose, lips forehead or even blindness. While this can happen to any injector, people without a medical background have less knowledge of physiology, disease and anatomy. They are less likely to recognise complications such as tissue death and are less likely to adequately manage these complications after the fact. The quality of an injector is not only in their work but also in how they manage problems and complications.
Don’t be afraid to google them
Google is your friend. Look at the website of the clinic the practitioner works at. Is it a legitimate business? Is it part of a specialised cosmetic clinic? Does the website list their practitioners? The website should have the full names, job description and a photo of the cosmetic practitioners. In Australia, you can look them up on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website and see whether their registration is current, whether they have any restrictions and their general credentials. In Australia, if they are not listed as a nurse, doctor or a dentist you should be extremely suspicious.
Do pay attention when meeting your practitioner
When meeting your practitioner for the first time be sure to pay attention to a few key things. Are they listening to your concerns? Are they happy to answer questions? Are they transparent when you ask about the pros and cons? Are they happy for you to go away and consider whether or not you want the treatment? Or are they really pushy? It’s important to remember that no cosmetic work is really necessary or time sensitive. Go with your gut. If you’re not comfortable, don’t do it or at least take some time to decide. Any good injector won’t mind or take offence if you say that you’re not quite ready.
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