Unlike many non-medical clinics, Michelle practices under the guidance of her husband, Plastic Surgeon Dr Graham Sellars, which guarantees clients a safe and professional working environment. With extremely loyal clients and renowned in the industry for her down to earth, honest and professional approach with patients, we wanted to take a closer look at Michelle to see what makes a great injector.
Knowing Where to Inject
Like most good injectors, Michelle has a nursing background and was initially a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery and Plastics. Any nurse with this sort of training understands the importance of details and knows human anatomy. Injecting someone’s face wherever they have wrinkles or lines is not going to work. An injector needs to have a knowledge of the human face and the tissues, muscles and what’s happening beneath the skin, so they can identify where the best place is to inject in order to get the best results.
At her own admission Michelle a bit of a control freak and perfectionist, but these are precisely the traits that make her so good at what she does.
Rapport between Injector and Patient
When you are trying to find the right clinic and nurse to do your anti-wrinkle injections, it’s important to feel comfortable with your injector and their environment. You need to be sure they understand what results you want. If you walk into a clinic and everyone looks the same, from the staff to the other patients in the waiting room; or you sit down to have a consult and the injector talks over the top of you; or convinces you to get more injections than what you initially thought; or you feel as though they aren’t really hearing you and what you want, then it’s a good sign you should be looking to go somewhere else. As Michelle puts it, “I really enjoy the one-on-one interaction with clients and especially love the positive feedback from happy patients and clients. I love meeting new people and being able to offer my patients quality treatments that make a real difference to how they feel about themselves. Showing clients their before and after photos usually always gets a great response.”
Michelle also says it’s important to do your research and ensure your injector is well trained and qualified to perform the treatment. “You can Google all you like, but invest in a proper consultation with the practitioner, and even get a second opinion if you feel it’s necessary. Understand that there are always risks to any treatment, but these can be minimised with a skilled practitioner.”
Remember, anti-wrinkle injections are a protein extracted from the naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. The protein works by blocking the nerve impulses to the injected muscles. The muscles that are specific to causing wrinkles are targeted, allowing these muscles to relax. Once the muscles are relaxed, the overlying wrinkles soften or disappear. You don’t want just anyone playing around with your face and it’s appearance, and indeed, ability to function!!
Questions to ask your injector
There are some important questions you should ask your injector before allowing them to inject anything into your face.
- How long as the injector been injecting?
- What are their formal qualifications and are they a member of any professional organisations?
- How long has the injector been at the current clinic, and if only for a short time, where were they before that? You want to make sure that there is no dodgy history.
- How many injectable treatments has the injector done, and how many on average do they do each day or week?
- Ask about the procedures/protocols they have in place for complications. Of course, you don’t want any of these, but unfortunately they do happen, and you want to just double check your practitioner has contingencies for these in place.
- As Michelle says above, before and after photos are also a great way to identify a practitioner’s work. It’s OK to ask to see some, and if the injector is hesitant, perhaps you should wonder if there is a reason why.
If you’d like to arrange a consult with Michelle at the San Clinic contact her on (02) 9473 8577.