Probably one of the most commonly asked questions I get asked on a daily basis is “How do I find a good doctor to do injectables?” None of us want to walk out of a clinic looking like we’ve just had them (I guess some may?!), and certainly none of us want to experience the feeling of “OMG What have I done”. Well personally, I’ve had both experiences and it’s not a lot of fun.

One of the worst (or funniest now) situations is a lip tattoo experience where I had a really exciting lunch appointment scheduled and was booked in for some lip tattooing that morning. I thought to myself “no worries, I’ve had it done before, easy peasy, I’ll be right by lunch time. Well guess what? Yes I looked like a blowfish. I think I must have reacted to the local anaesthetic or something. I won’t even tell you what my husband said I looked like – let’s just say, it was not pretty. And no way was I going to the luncheon I was supposed to go to!

Another of not ‘so much fun’ experiences was a bit of an unfortunate event. I was in for my usual bit of a zhoosh up, chatting away with my wonderful practitioner (whom I love to the moon and back!) and left feeling pretty good about myself. Only to wake up the next day thinking mmmmm I look like I’m not feeling well. But I feel good. My forehead felt heavy. Yes, it had a bit of a ‘drop’. So if you know injectables you know this can happen, it’s just probably a bit too much (I think I may have gone back too soon), and until recently I kept no record of what I was having done, where, using what product, and when! Yes I know, my bad! Well things have certainly changed now. I like to know what’s going in where, and I record it to a T. I think sometimes you have to have those ‘bad’ experiences to realize how important some things are.

Reputation is probably one of the most important things when choosing a practitioner. Recommendations from friends and family are great too. I’d say the best practitioners are the ones who achieve the result where you don’t even know anything has been done – so it’s up to the ‘friend’ who may have had something done to fess up to you here! I still find many people (especially living in Byron Bay – yoga loving natural beings who don’t want anyone to know they’re having injectables, who say their youthful glow is just good clean living – mmmmmm, really?).

Check out the full interview with Dr Patrick Trevidic a visiting Plastic Surgeon from France who presented at the ASAPS 2015 Non-Surgical Symposium, who talks about regulation, reliability, and his opinion on how to ensure you’re going to a “good Dr”. You’ll love the bit where he says if the doctor says “I’m 100% sure” that’s when you should make a run for it!

Click here to read the interview or watch the video.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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