Over time, the number of people booking in for advanced aesthetics treatments seems to have skyrocketed and the popularity of these image-enhancing procedures can only be attested to by the amount of medical aesthetics clinics (932 to be exact) currently operating in the UK.
Yet, as the industry experiences a swell of interest in the wake of lockdown and those unhappy with how they appear on Zoom begin to weigh up the prospect of going under the needle, it’s now more vital than ever to remain aware of the risks posed by the improper administration of these injectables, even for those of us who have made such treatments a regular part of our everyday lives.
What can go wrong?
Botox and fillers can be extremely effective in eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, adding volume to certain areas of the face and gifting our skin with a smoothness that it has lost over time.
Under the right circumstances, these non-surgical procedures can help us to rediscover who we are, renew our sense of self and give our confidence a welcome boost, which is why it’s disheartening to discover that so many of us are still falling prey to untrained administers of Botox and filler, with side effects as severe as skin blistering, tissue necrosis and full-on facial paralysis still said to be occurring in those who have opted to place their trust in the wrong people. It’s for this reason that choosing an experienced medical practitioner to administer or oversee any type of aesthetics treatment you may have is of paramount importance.
To help you make the best decision we’ve put together a list of the things that you need to keep in mind when beginning your journey into injectable treatments.
Have they been assessed?
The horror stories of botched Botox and poorly applied fillers may be enough to turn people off injectable treatments for good, but these are things that can likely be avoided by running a quick background check on your chosen practitioner. Most reputable individuals or aesthetics businesses will be part of Save Face – an open register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority – which means that they will have been fully assessed and inspected before being declared proficient in the services that they offer.
Some aesthetics providers may even be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a regulatory body that carries out regular inspections on health and social care premises and ranks these based on their findings. This information can often be found online – and may even be listed on the clinic’s website itself.
Are they qualified?
An extension of the previous question perhaps but one that still needs to be asked: is your practitioner properly qualified? These days, courses in Botox and filler administration are relatively common, which means that more and more medical professionals are jumping onto training courses in a bid to add a few more strings to their already impressive bows.
Yet, the thing to remember here is that there are several different levels of qualification when it comes to being able to deliver Botox and filler treatments, with Level 7 being the highest.
This ranking clears practitioners for “comprehensive” Botox usage and equates to nearly 300 hours of learning on both a practical and theoretical level, meaning that these people are considered to be best in class when it comes to wrinkle-reducing treatments as well as immensely well-drilled in what to do if things don’t quite go to plan.
Ask for evidence
If you’re still unsure about the credentials of the clinic you’re thinking about booking in with, use your consultation – an initial meeting usually offered by creditable providers- to ask the clinic’s practitioners about their experience and how long they’ve been administering treatments. Many of these people will be more than happy to share Before and After images of previous patients with you – and this will give you a clearer idea of what you can expect if you choose to undergo a treatment with this particular clinic or person.
If the answers you require aren’t quite as forthcoming, see if you can find any reviews of the individual or clinic online. This information is normally fairly easy to hunt down on Google, with most clinics keen to publicise any positive feedback they’ve received on their website or social channels.
If all else fails, simply apply some common sense to the situation. Where does the practitioner set to perform your treatment work – at a Save Face-verified clinic or as a freelance purveyor of injectables? If someone asks to come to your house to deliver your Botox treatment, then it’s probably best to steer clear of this person altogether.
Sadly, although industry regulations have improved, there are still scenarios where unqualified people have managed to obtain Botox or dermal filler injections, whether via the internet or by other disreputable means, so always keep a close eye on who you’re dealing with.
If you take one thing away from this blog, make it this: you should never agree to undergo an injectable procedure with someone who is not fully trained, qualified or experienced – doing so can be extremely dangerous, may have many negative effects on your health and wellbeing and could mean a distressing trip to the hospital.
At La Fuente, X’s new clinic specialising in health, beauty and aesthetics treatments, we pride ourselves on our qualifications and boast a team composed of some very highly skilled medical practitioners.
As such, the expertise and precision with which our Botox and Dermal Filler treatments are administered should never be in doubt and we will do our utmost to guide you safely through every individual step of your treatment journey towards a place where you feel fully happy and satisfied with how you look.
Book in for your consultation today by calling 07761 462874.