More often than not, if you’re an injectable or filler fan, one of the main factors standing between you and your next appointment is the hefty price tag.
However, occasionally the internet blesses us with alarmingly affordable package deals that are seemingly impossible to pass up… So, should you book?
According to Dr Vivek Eranki, who hails from Australia’s leading network of cosmetic clinics Cosmetique, we need to keep our wits about us when it comes to selecting exactly who and what we are injecting into our faces. “If these deals sound too good to be true, then warning bells should sound. Before you buy package deals, do your research and ask questions about the need for the additional treatment being bundled in or sold,” Dr Eranki said.
When performed correctly, injectables and fillers offer a quick and sustainable solution to achieving youthful and plumper looking skin. However, “not all injectables and fillers are the same. In fact, there are a lot of differences across the market space,” say Dr Eranki. And yet, “most people spend more time researching their hairdresser than they do their cosmetic practitioner.”
So while it may just seem like a quick jab and prick here and there, Dr Eranki assures us that “delivering an injectable treatment is a form of art and it takes the combination of a quality filler and the skill of an experienced practitioner”.
So without further ado, here’s how to protect yourself from starring in the next season of Botched.
1. Quality over quantity
Don’t get caught up in how much they are offering you and pay more attention to what they are offering.
“Unfortunately, there are beauty clinics across the country where non-registered and untrained practitioners have been injecting poor quality fillers from overseas into patients with serious outcomes. This is illegal. Injectable products must be approved by the TGA.”
So keep an eye out for those four magic words: Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) approved.
2. Check the qualifications and experience of your practitioner
Don’t feel like you’re overstepping the mark by asking qualification questions, after all, this is your body and you are well within your rights.
“Undertaking an injectable treatment with someone inexperienced or even worse, unqualified, can pose serious risks such as disfigurement and other issues which can affect you for the rest of your life.”
“In addition to experience, you should also check that the practitioner undertaking the treatment has the necessary qualifications from a reputable institution. Also check what associations and institutions they are a member of,” Dr Eranki added.
3. Read reviews and customer testimonials
Before your appointment, make sure to suss out what previous patients have said of their experience as an unbiased way to understand the reputation of the salon and the quality of treatments they are delivering.
4. Where is the treatment being delivered?
“Cosmetic clinics should be highly sterile and clean environments where safety, procedures and hygiene are paramount. Cupboards should be organised, products and packaging appropriately marked and stored and systems for access in place,” Dr Eranki concluded..
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Have you ever tried injectables or fillers? How was your experience?