Trish Hammond: I’m here today with Dr Steven Liew from the Shape Clinic in Sydney, and we’re going to have a bit of a chat about injectables in the marketplace. Thank you so much for taking time today.

Steven: Thank you, Trish.

Trish Hammond: Lovely. I just want to ask you a question. Just for consumers, how can the consumer who’s looking at having injectables, how can they be aware or how are they going to know that they are going to a reputable practitioner because there’s so many people out there at the moment? How do you know to find who’s reputable and who’s not?

Steven: I think the first thing is obviously word of mouth. More importantly, check out their work and when you attend the clinic, have a look at the environment. It’s got to be soothing, comfortable, clean and use your instinct. If you walk in, the whole room is full of big lips, big cheeks, perhaps you may have to reconsider. Like everything else, you need to have a proper consultation and discussions. Once again, you got to feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, what product you’re using, are you using products approved in Australia by TGA. Ask to look at the products. That would be my best advice for you.

Trish Hammond: Okay, so look at the products to make sure you’re getting what you’re going to be getting.

Steven: Pay for.

Trish Hammond: All right. When you’re getting injectables, is it a good idea as a consumer to write down what you’re having done or is that something that you leave in the hands of the practitioner?

Steven: I think most reputable practitioners should actually talk to you what they’re doing and not afraid to actually give you the treatment sheet that they have had, where the product is being placed, what product has been used.

Trish Hammond: Okay. Are you noticing, like, is there a demographic for injectables? Like, is there … Are people coming younger or are they getting injected older? Is there a specific-

Steven: Yeah. I’m in a selected group because I believe that if we’re serious about maintaining our appearance, we have to think about what we want to achieve. I call it the beauty through the ages. I believe in maintaining one’s look, maintaining one so that they look their best at any stages of their life. I differentiate between a very young one in their 20s. In their 20s, they look great anyway. They don’t need much done and most of the time, the best thing to do is look after their skin.

Now we do do treatments. We do fillers and we use Anti-wrinkle injections not to make them look younger but to enhance what they’ve really got. Some patient, unfortunately, are born aesthetically sub-optimal; whether it’s the bone or soft tissue. With the new technologies and knowledge, we can enhance the appearance. Then as you move on to the 30s and 40s, we start see signs of ageing. We still have to look after our skin, but we have to plan and strategise what we want to do, rather than an ad hoc basis. That’s why it’s important to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about, rather than inject everywhere, have a big lip, big cheek. We want to enhance it. Start putting it in places where it matters.

Trish Hammond: Right.

Steven: Have a comprehensive discussions and then as we advance to 50s and 60s, our requirement is slightly different. We’re seeing more hollowing. We’re seeing sagging. Then the treatment there become more multi-modalities, whether we use surgery or use non-surgical fillers and Anti-wrinkle injections and other devices. That’s how I think one should look at it.

Trish Hammond: Okay. You don’t just go somewhere ad hoc. You go somewhere; you put a plan in place and you work out what you want at that time and then it changes as time goes on.

Steven: Absolutely. I mean, we all talk about how we should plan things ahead, plan when to get married, plan the financial planning. When it comes to our face, I think most of us don’t actually plan. We just let it by nature ad hoc. You go in to a doctor, I want my lip done.

Trish Hammond: Yes.

Steven: Have my lip done. Every time you go in one wrinkle done. It doesn’t make sense because the face ages. A whole face ages at a different rate, at a different part of our face. It is important to talk to someone who can actually say, “Hey, listen. I think this is what you need done because of such and such.”

Trish Hammond: Yeah. Okay.

Steven: The other thing is important is when you find someone that you can work with, it’s important to stick with it rather than I go this for that. I go to my lip for this. It doesn’t make sense. It becomes a jigsaw puzzle. It just doesn’t match.

Trish Hammond: Totally.

Steven: Yeah.

Trish Hammond: The secret is find someone good and stick with them; ask the right questions and basically create a plan and know where you want to go.

Steven: Absolutely. The best thing to think about is those women have their favorite hairdressers. When you find that one, you stick with them no matter where he or she is. Think when it comes to your face; perhaps you should think more about it, perhaps even more so than your hair.

Trish Hammond: That’s right. I am that person. That’s so true. Well, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. If you’re looking for a checklist of what you should need to look for when you’re after reputable practitioner, just drop an email to and we’ll email you through at least that Dr. Liew said that you should look out for. Thank you.

Steven: Thank you.


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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