The Top Ten Crucial Considerations Before Opting for Dermal Fillers
Many people think carefully before opting for any cosmetic treatment but the claim you can have ‘a face-lift in your lunch-break’ has lead to some clients making impulsive decision that can be led by special offers or a friend having good results from an aesthetic treatment. At The Academy Clinic we want everyone to get the very best from their treatments, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to dermal fillers.
1. Choose your practitioner wisely
There are several steps to finding the right practitioner for you.
Recommendations – talking to other clients, looking at their results and sharing their experiences gives you a real sense of how the practitioner works
Professional premises – check for cleanliness and best practice. Are you greeted on arrival, do staff seem rushed and stressed or relaxed and interested in their clients? The way a practice works reveals a great deal
Check their registration details – reputable practitioners will be delighted to tell you where they studied and what qualifications they have. Don’t be fobbed off with ‘I’ve got loads of experience’ or ‘aesthetics is intuitive’ – well-trained, properly regulated practitioners will give you the best results.
Research their website/social media site – not only will you find out what other clients are saying about the practice, you’ll get a feel for how they operate and what you can expect on the day.
2. Is dermal filler treatment appropriate for your needs?
Sometimes people think they ‘need’ their cheek lines/ frown lines treated with filler, but an expert aesthetician would conclude that botulinum toxin treatment would be a better and safer option for their concerns. Get advice from a professional for the best results.
3. Will dermal fillers suit your face?
It’s important to be sure that enhancement of cheeks/ lips/ chin will suit your face. Inappropriate dermal fillers might take your features out of proportion. Your practitioner should be able to advise on the best way to proceed, based on a professional facial assessment.
4. Are you medically fit for the treatment?
It’s vital to be honest about any conditions that are contraindicated. These include: previous allergic reaction to the filler; active skin conditions around the treatment area; allergy to local anaesthetic; taking blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) or immunosuppressants (medications that suppress your immune system); experience of body dysmorphia. A failure to disclose relevant information can lead to unexpected outcomes.
5. What are your expectations?
A good practitioner with excellent diagnostic skills will help you have a realistic understanding of what you can expect from dermal fillers. In particular they help clients work out if fillers alone can achieve their dream look or whether combination treatment could be more effective. They will also help you explore whether surgery is a better option.
6. Do you understand the process of getting dermal filler treatment?
It’s important to be clear about how long the whole treatment takes – including local anaesthetic application and the time required for photographs and consent procedures. Some patients believe aesthetic treatments are ‘lunch time procedures’ but good treatments take time and care. If you’re not keen on needles, it’s important to walk through the process with your practitioner so you understand what you’re going to see and feel during the procedure.
7. Do you understand the risks involved?
The whole point about doing good research, finding a well trained and experienced aesthetic practitioner and informing yourself about the process is that you’ll get much better results. But it’s still important to know that you may be a risk of:
8. Can you afford post-procedure downtime? Will you be able to follow aftercare advice?
The bruising and swelling risk means you need to think carefully about social events that might be coming up soon after your procedures. It’s also vital to consider your work and what kind of reaction you may get from colleagues and/or the public.
Aftercare recommendations include no make-up, alcohol, exercise, or exposure to extreme temperatures for 24 hours. Being aware of these requirements lets you plan your life so you can meet the recommendations.
9. Can my treatment be done in one go or should it be phased?
Every client wants the best results – and that sometimes means treatments should be carried out in phases, for example building up lip volumes and structure may mean having a first treatment, allowing time for swelling to reduce, reassessing the facial structures and then treating again. A good aesthetic practitioner knows it’s better to under-treat as it’s simple to add more filler in a subsequent session but impossible to remove excess filler once it’s been injected.
10. Do you really understand that hyaluronic acid dermal filler is a temporary treatment?
This is a complex question because filler longevity varies according to a range of factors, but it’s always the case that any hyaluronic acid filler will be temporary. This means that in order to maintain great results, treatments will need to be repeated. A good practitioner will make sure that clients are understand the repeat costs involved in maintaining their improved appearance.