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Yesterday another young woman from the USA posted and what stood out to me this time, was the way she presented her story and the red flags present within it, to anyone who knew what to look for. It got me thinking, why are more people not aware of what red flags to look out for and by the same token, what green flags to indicate you are in safe hands?
So I posted on my own IG, to try and educate those who choose to have dermal fillers.
What are some safety features, or GREEN flags you should be looking out for in your aesthetic practitioner?
When and if there are complications, can you rely on them to be there with you and to refer you appropriately if it is out of their skillset, until the issue is resolved?
Beauty and Aesthetics especially, is a multi-billion dollar industry and it feels some days like everyone wants in because the demand is so huge. Unfortunately even though we are not like the UK, where literally anyone can inject and buy drugs off eBay, we are still a largely unregulated industry and people are frequently sold the illusion that it is “just beauty” and the “customer is always right”.
Many practitioners seem to undersell the gravity of rare but serious complications when talking to and consenting patients. It is often sold as “fun”, “sexy” and with minimal complications.
Patients are often shocked when they’re told about the rare but serious risk of vascular occlusion or even blindness, even though they have had filler elsewhere before.
Others report feeling pressured into it on the day due to hefty consultation fees redeemable only with treatment on the day.
It is worth remembering that as AHPRA registered practitioners, doctors, nurses and dentists have a duty of care, which includes “first do no harm”, to act always in the patient’s best interests, to not be seen to be inducing vulnerable people (incentives, specials, posting testimonials and even using drug names are all prohibited in Australia) even and especially if that means saying no and not placing undue pressure on the day to “convert” regardless of whether that is what the patient wants or expects.
I tend to tell patients not to rush, that aesthetic treatments, by their very nature, are entirely non essential, and to take the time; I tell them they should not feel or be rushed especially if doing so will lead to regret.
It is time we begin to reassess our relationship with medical aesthetics - they aren’t usually a one-size-fits-all, they aren’t without risks including severe complications, especially when missed and they are not something that should ever be taken up on impulse. Unlike other aspects of beauty such as hair, nails and makeup, breaking the skin barrier carrier risk every single time and your skin and your face deserve the necessary diligence before you proceed.
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
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