Having Cosmetic Injectables is a medical procedure that should be performed in a controlled medical environment, and carried out by a Doctor.
While many people think of botulinum toxin type A as a treatment for wrinkles, it has actually been used for many years to treat certain medical conditions. In fact, its use as a cosmetic treatment was only realised when people using it to treat facial muscle spasms noticed an improvement in their facial wrinkles.
In Australia, only fully qualified Medical Practitioners (Doctors) are allowed to perform cosmetic medical procedures independently. Registered nurses can only perform cosmetic injectable treatments when being directly supervised by a prescribing doctor. Clients seeking wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers must be seen by a doctor in person before they have their treatment done.
The popularity of cosmetic injectables continues to soar, with Australians spending an estimated $600 million on non-invasive cosmetic procedures last year alone. So what do you need to know if you are considering injectables?
The experts say there are three main things to contemplate:
1. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING
Always check which product is being used for the injection, advises Skindeep Medi-Spas’ founder and advanced paramedical aesthetician Helen Golisano. “There are several different brands of wrinkle relaxers and fillers on the market and, like anything, some are better than others: she explains. “Some last longer than others and there are benefits and drawbacks of everything, so make sure you do your research prior.”
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery vice-president Irene Kushelew says for anti-wrinkle toxins and dermal fillers to be used in Australia, they must have undergone thorough examination by the Therapeutic Goods Association. “Always check if the product being injected is TGA approved andadministered in a hygienic, clinical ‘ setting.” she advises.
2. CHECK THE CREDENTIALS OF THE PRACTITIONER
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used medically for more than 40 years and cosmetically for 30 years, Dr Kushelew says. “The competence of the practitioner doing the treatment is often key,” she says. “In recent years, there has been a huge growth in people offering treatments with cosmetic injectables — some cut-price and some at holiday destinations.”
Know the qualification, the experience of any person doing your procedure, Ms Golisano urges.
“Go to a registered doctor/physician above a nurse,” she says. “You’re paying the same either way. “Like any specialised field, the more experience you have, the better your skills.”
3. LESS IS MORE
You can add more but you can’t take it out,” Ms Golisano explains. “Make sure your doctor has a very clear perception of the synergy of your face and is focusing on enhancing your natural look.” Dr Kushelew says in most cases, people don’t want to look like they’ve had something done.