Don’t you wish you had a checklist so that when you wanted to have injectables, you could make sure you’re having it done with someone who is qualified to do it? We all want to make sure we are in safe hands, and so far there are no government guidelines that we are aware of to keep the consumer as safe as possible.
Did you know that Australians spend over $1billion on non or minimally invasive procedures every year? That’s a lot of us doing it, and a lot of it being done! We’ve all heard the horror stories of botched jobs and some more serious cases such as fillers being injected around the eyes and patients going blind. So, what should you look for in your practitioner when going to get an injectables treatment? We recently caught up with Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia (RCA) who shared with us some excellent advice as to what to look for, the questions to ask, and how to keep yourself as ‘safe’ as you possibly can.
1. Your Practitioner – Qualified Cosmetic Injector?
Is your practitioner fully qualified and do they have sufficient experience in the procedure or treatment they are performing? RCA says, “The first step is to check the APHRA website to confirm that your doctor is registered and see if there are any conditions or reprimands against the doctor. As a helpful tip, the search function works better if you search by last name only.”
Here at the Hub we always suggest you research any practitioner or doctor before booking your treatment with them. This includes searching for them on the internet and scrolling through wherever their name appears to ensure they aren’t linked with an overwhelming number of negative reviews.
RCA says it’s also essential to ask your doctor or practitioner about their training and experience during your first consultation with them. You should never feel embarrassed or wrong for asking. It’s not enough for them to say they’ve been trained by the companies supplying the fillers and injectables. “It’s one thing to learn the basics, but it takes a lot of understanding and practice to become experienced,” says RCA. “We employ doctors and nurses who are already experienced [with injectable treatments], but before we let them treat clients, they spend a lot of time shadowing our doctors, and they participate in numerous training sessions.”
2. Your Consultation
Did you know that it is an Australian regulation that your first injectables and fillers consultation at any clinic should be with a doctor? You may ultimately be having your treatment/s with a fully qualified nurse or practitioner but initially you should be seeing a doctor in order for them to prescribe your products. Yep, anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are classified as prescription medicines! Keep in mind that nowadays many clinics will Skype or teleconference with the doctor if there isn’t one on site however Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia say to be wary of places that do this. “We believe you can’t be assessed properly over the phone or on Skype. The doctor needs to see you in person.”
3. Do you feel pressured into booking your treatments?
RCA say to be wary of any clinic that pressures you into making decisions about what treatments or procedures you might want. “We offer free consultations with absolutely no obligations and email you a summary of everything discussed in the consultation so you can make a well-informed, carefully considered decision. Cosmetic injections are a medical procedure, so you should consider them as one.”
Any practitioner or clinic who try to make your decisions for you probably don’t have your best decisions at heart and are likely more $$$ focussed. It’s always a good idea to step away, think about how you felt about the clinic and practitioner, make sure you’re 100% sure with your decision. After all, it’s one you’re going to have to live with. This can be hard (yeah we know, you want it done now!), but it pays to walk away and have a think.
4. Which brand of filler or injectable does your practitioner suggest, and why?
In Australia, there are major brands of anti-wrinkle injectable products approved for use, and several more dermal fillers. Always ask which your doctor or practitioner will be using for your treatment and why they think that one will give you the best results for you. RCA suggest you write down the name of the brand in your initial consultation. “When you get home Google the brand name along with the term “TGA”. This should bring you to the appropriate websites to give you everything you need to know including whether it’s approved for use in Australia.”
Some questionable clinics might use imitation products which can be made out of all sorts of scary ingredients and have all sorts of additional risks. Make sure you’re aware of what you’re having injected into your body. Oh, and YES, ask to see the bottle!!
5. Things to look out for – making smart decisions
Cheap Prices – If you find a clinic offering largely reduced rates for injectables or fillers you should run the other way. RCA says, “Every practitioner and clinic have a similar “cost of goods.” This means that genuine, approved products are about the same price for different clinics. So keep in mind that if the price is too good to be true, maybe it is…
Home Clinics – these are to be avoided. Medical procedures, including fillers and injectables, are medical procedures and need to be performed in a safe, sterile environment with the ability to deal with any emergencies. Home clinics are usually not up to standard and increase your risks, but also suggest the practitioner may not be everything they say they are.
A recent Channel 7 report on the dangers of unqualified practitioner performing injectables included one woman who had purchased a filler treatment on Groupon and others from Gumtree! This is obviously not a smart move.
Unfortunately, until Australian regulations are nationally recognised and enforced, patients need to be vigilant when choosing their practitioner. If you’d like more information about choosing your practitioner check out the blogs below, or if you’d like more info on Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia go here.