Who is injecting fillers into you? Why you should be very wary
We are proud of the appearance treatments that we provide. We are also proud of our luxurious clinic facilities. Even more proud though, are the safety and back up of the medical facilities and skills available within the clinic. This is particularly important when it comes to invasive procedures, such as lip and dermal fillers, facial sculpting and PRP. Do you know who is injecting fillers into you?
We’ve all seen the headlines recently in the ABC and other news outlets. Calls for greater regulation in administering cosmetic injections, along with the need to improve facilities. The team at Le Sands Clinic are wholly supportive of tighter regulations, and we’ll detail why below. When it comes to injectables, be aware, not all practitioners or establishments are equal.
The scourge of cheap treatments
In many respects, the use of cosmetic injectables has, and rightly so, become more mainstream recently. At Le Sands Clinic, we provide a number of enhancing and sculpting procedures along with PRP treatments for our clients. Dr Saliba, is a senior consultant breast surgeon, and highly qualified injection practitioner. Think about this, we’ve been fed a diet of thinking that injections should be cheap. We strongly advise that whoever you use, do your research and that price should not be your only consideration.
With many potential pitfalls, an in depth knowledge of facial anatomy is essential in order to reduce the risk of adverse effects or outcomes, some of which could be life changing, such as blindness. One question to ask your practitioner is – how familiar are you with facial anatomy? Behind your skin are a myriad of blood vessels, muscles, bone and other structures. Your practitioner should understand and visualise these before any injection. Recently, a lady suffered enlarged lips and considerable swelling, due to the practitioner injecting filler into an blood vessel. A potential lethal mistake. I believe that:
” it is imperative that whoever is injecting you intimately understand facial anatomy. They understand and can visualise, where each of your vital organs, vessels and structures are before starting treatment. They should understand balance and symmetry in the face. The effect of treating one area on how that influences shape and symmetry of other areas of the face.”
When wanting the cheapest treatment, think about the words above. Think about the skills and qualifications you should be insisting upon – you want the best. The best is not the cheapest.
Another aspect of safety, is the level of medical equipment and skills available should something go wrong. This is rare, however, reactions can occur. The body can disagree with the substance, and let’s face it, serious, unconnected medical episodes can occur at any time. Does your establishment have defibrillation equipment on hand? Or qualified medical doctors on site at the time you are having your injections? Many businesses do not. They rely on a Skype or other system of doctor consultations. Skype is not going to help you should you run into difficulties in the clinic
Also, what other equipment is available in your clinic? At Le Sands Clinic, we have a range of life monitoring equipment. Our staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. We also only ever have myself, (Dr Saliba) perform any invasive procedures. I must repeat, medical episodes are extremely rare. However, because they can happen, we feel all injectable clinics should be suitably skilled and properly equipped.
We believe anyone wanting fillers or sculpting should be very careful who they have perform these treatments. The ability to provide artistry to the process, the safety equipment on site is paramount. Also important is having a medical doctor on site, with the right equipment available should something go wrong. Having filler injections can provide so many benefits to our clients, but is not without risk. Why would you go for cheap, when you should really be going for the best and safest.
Dr Lucia Saliba is the founder and CEO of Le Sands Clinic in Brighton Le Sands, NSW. She is a senior consultant breast and general surgeon. A graduate of UNSW medical school, and Master of Surgery (Breast Cancer) bestowed on her from University of Sydney