So, you’re in Melbourne and you’ve decided you want to find the best botox. You are ready to look at having cosmetic anti wrinkle injections or maybe even dermal fillers. Basically you’ve decided it’s time to get yourself ‘sorted’. You’ve done your research on injectables, and you’ve heard about the great results you can get from having botox, but how do you decide on what clinic or injector to have your botox with? There are several things you should look out for when deciding who is going to do your botox – they are important considerations and could mean the difference between a good experience and a bad one, not to mention good results versus not so great ones.
Training and experience
Not all injectors are equal. And really, ‘botox’ is just a brand name for botulinum toxin. Other brand names for the same toxins available in Australia are “Xeomin” and “Dysport”.
You should definitely find out if your prospective injector has had sufficient training and experience in injecting, and in particular what’s the results they have achieved with their clients? Injecting fillers or botulinum toxin into your face is not as easy as sticking a needle into your forehead. If you’ve never had a ‘dropped forehead’ from overuse of botox, well I have to say – it’s not fun!
How many treatments has your injector performed and how long have they been at the clinic you are looking at having the treatment at? Also, you might wish to ask if the injector is a member of any societies that include cosmetic training in injectables. Do they have an interest in ongoing training and industry involvement? Is your practitioner interested in continuous improvement and keeping up with the latest trends, and basically fine-tuning their skills. Do they attend conferences regularly? Do they work alone or with a team? Do they have someone they can call upon for a second opinion? These are just some of the questions you want answered.
The Clinic and Staff
A smooth running clinic, with established practices and well informed staff gives an indication as to the quality of the establishment. Whilst the results are obviously not guaranteed when you only consider the appearances of the clinic (and don’t be swayed by a clinic where the staff are all walking examples of overdone botox and fillers!), a clinic that is clean and well organised usually means they have experience and pride in their work.
Also, make sure the clinic arranges for you to have a consultation before your treatment. You shouldn’t just walk into a clinic and have a treatment. You need to meet with your injector and establish a connection and understanding about what results you wish to achieve. Your injector should fully understand your wishes, and not just try to talk you into having more done than what you wanted. Of course, they might be able to pass on their expertise about what might and might not work for your individual circumstances, however make sure they listen to what it is that YOU want.
Do Your Research
Make sure you have an idea about what you want before you have your consultation with your injector. Check out before and after photos of the treatment you are looking to have so you know what you do and don’t want. Also, ask your injector to show you before and afters of their patients… this will give you a better idea of the quality of work of your injector. There is nothing worse than an overdone face full of injections, so make sure you are happy with the “afters” before undergoing any treatment with your injector. And if you are not happy with what you’ve seen, or get a bad feeling about the clinic or injector at any point, say no, and find another one!