Non-surgical cosmetic treatments like anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and lasers are becoming increasingly popular and main stream, which has led to a proliferation in clinics, beauty salons and day spas offering them and advertising aggressively to confuse the poor consumer. Seeing an unqualified practitioner can lead to unsatisfactory results and avoidable complications.
Botox and dermal fillers are prescription medications that require a live face-to-face (not skype) consultation with the treating doctor before the treatment is performed. Only doctors have the background medical training to prescribe the treatments and manage any complications.
The cosmetic industry is sadly unregulated and there are many roving nurse injectors with variable skills treating patients in beauty salons, day spas and budget chain clinics at heavily discounted prices. There are no on-site doctors to prescribe and supervise the treatments, and manage any complications.
Consumers need to be aware that it is their own faces and bodies being treated, and that price should not be the main or only consideration. Although cosmetic injections appear to be a ‘minor’ treatment, it is actually a semi-invasive medical procedure with possible risks and complications. The medical training, expertise and reputation of their treating practitioner is of utmost importance for safe and natural results.
In terms of finding the most suitable treating doctor for you, word of mouth from friends and family who have been treated is probably the best recommendation. If discussing your cosmetic wishes with others is too personal, professional organisations have data bases of doctors who specialise in cosmetic procedures. Check out www.cosmeticphysicians.org.au, www.dermcoll.edu.au or www.plasticsurgery.org.au.
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