In the right hands, the results of non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and anti wrinkle treatments can be fantastic, restoring a more youthful appearance, delivering subtle and discreet enhancements that not only make us look better but can help to make us feel better too.
Finding a safe, reputable practitioner is quite like a lottery. Legally, non-surgical cosmetic procedures like Botox® and dermal fillers can be injected by ANYONE regardless of their training or experience.
The lack of regulation has resulted in a mass of unscrupulous people masquerading as trained professionals from a variety of premises who entice you through their doors promising to deliver great results at incredibly low prices.
The truth is, without proper training, the results of any non-surgical cosmetic intervention can be disastrous.
In my 13 years of cosmetic nursing experience I have had to do many ‘corrections’ that have been problems caused by cheap, non medically qualified beauticians, hairdressers and even other doctors and nurses.
These include occlusions caused by dermal filler blocking blood vessels which can lead to skin death! Loss of feeling in the lower face due to nerves being blocked by filler by dissolving the filler with prescribed medication.
Counselling patients who have had toxin injected in the wrong muscles or wrong dose on how to reduce the effect while waiting for it to wear off and then retreating correctly.
Medical advice and referral for PDO threads which were placed too superficially (close to the surface) in the skin.
It’s important to consider safety before having any type of injections especially in the face.
Recommended checks are:
Is the practitioner Medically Qualified eg Nurse or Doctor or dentist?
During year of medical training we do lots of anatomy training and gain experience doing different types of injections
Is that nurse or doctor trained in Aesthetics and how much experience in aesthetics or cosmetic work do they have?
Just because they are medical doesn’t automatically qualify them to inject the face and orthopaedic surgeon who fixes bones isn’t necessarily used to injecting the delicate muscles and tissue in the face! Nor does a dentist know about the fat in your cheeks.
Are the premises their own, clean and sterile?
For one ‘mobile’ practitioners may be there on the day of your treatment, but what if you need advice 2 days later and they don’t have another clinic for a month?
Bacteria can easily get into injection sites, are they wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) sterile gloves and following correct procedures to keep both of you safe and clean.
Do they ask about your medical history and wellness before treatment?
A good assessment leads to a good treatment outcome. It’s important to check suitability and expected results before treating a patient with facial injections.
Are their treatments priced appropriately?
For a decent QUALITY CE MHRA approved filler it costs at least £130 to buy from a reputable supplier. It’s not just the drug add rent, appropriate time to do the treatment effectively, gloves, numbing cream, needles, cannula, assessment paperwork or software, aftercare leaflets, registrations and medical and public indemnity insurance it should be no less than £200 if they are a genuine company.
For anti wrinkle injections eg Botox, Azzalure, Bocoture a PRESCRIPTION is required by law and that prescription should be used for the patient it is prescribed for. Costing around £100 again it should ring bells if people are offering it cheaper than this it is either shared with others or over diluted if they can do that.
It is of paramount importance that clinics practice patient safety right from the first contact.
At Flawless Aesthetic Clinic as a Registered Nurse, I make sure that any risks or side effects associated with treatments are made explicitly clear; I ensure that the patient is clear on all treatment options available to them; and most importantly, carry out a thorough assessment during the initial consultation process to determine which treatments are suitable for the patient, and which are not!
Should I feel that a patient is seeking a certain treatment that I do not think is appropriate post-assessment, as a medical professional, I regularly refuse to perform certain requested procedures (not just for safety purposes, but also because I practice integrity and some people are not ready for treatment.
Flawless Aesthetic Clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission, (CQC) who regulate health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and therefore one of the safest clinics.