30/12/2015

As dermal filler treatments increase in popularity, so does the number of people looking to get a cheap deal. "Save Face", an esteemed Organization which investigates and accredits providers of non-surgical aesthetic procedures in the United Kingdom explains the dangers of this.

The continuing rise in the demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures has led to an increase in the number of people administering these types of treatments at sometimes incredibly low prices. Whilst this might sound like good news for the consumer, unfortunately it is not.

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are costly for very good reasons. The expenses involved in using quality products, providing good service and meeting the necessary safety requirements is significant, so in order to meet these costs, quality practitioners have to set their prices accordingly.  In order to help educate the public about what exactly they are getting for their money when they invest in a quality non-surgical procedure, Save Face has put together a brief guide to what’s goes into bringing you a treatment you can trust.

Research

The companies that manufacture dermal fillers for cosmetic use have invested millions in developing, researching and providing evidence of their safety and effectiveness. They also continue to invest in further research and development, discovering new ways their products can be used and developing new products. Each brand has its own qualities and characteristics - not all are the same. The cost of this investment is reflected in the price of the products.

Training

Responsible non-surgical cosmetic practitioners will invest heavily in training and ongoing education in order to expertly deliver safe treatments and having received initial training will continue to invest in further education, attending international conferences, workshops, training updates and meetings

Safe Environment

The overheads of providing a safe environment and ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation, safe supply and storage of products, secure storage of medical records to protect confidentiality and policies and procedures to minimise risks.

Assessment

When you meet with a properly qualified responsible practitioner, they will invest time in consultation and assessment to ensure that you receive the correct treatment for your individual needs. They will also take time to answer any questions that you may have in order to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with your treatment and how much it will cost.

Quality of Care

Once you have decided to go ahead with your treatment, a qualified practitioner will ensure a safe dermal filler is used and select the right product to safely achieve the results you expect. also providing you with quality service and after care and should you suffer any side effects or complications, will be able to manage them to ensure a safe outcome.

Registration with Regulatory Bodies

As well as the above mentioned costs, there are other expenses involved in setting up, running and maintaining a non-surgical cosmetic clinic, many of which underpin its safety. Registration and revalidation with regulatory bodies  is a mandatory expense; these bodies are responsible for regulating nurses, doctors and dentists. in addition practitioners often choose to join and pay membership fees to professional associations which provide peer-to-peer support, education and training and keep their members updated on industry standards, regulations and policies as they develop.

So, are cheap dermal fillers’ worth the risk?

In order to offer ‘cheap fillers’ shoddy practitioners are unlikely to invest in any of the above, as when offering cheap treatments, the cost of provision has to be minimal in order to make a profit.

Cheap (and even fake) dermal fillers are freely available online, often from Asia where there are no manufacturing standards. Dermal fillers can cause serious harm and it is most important that only those from licensed and known manufacturers and suppliers are used.

Of course, in any business, profit is important. The income provided by those seeking treatment has to sustain the service and also be invested in improving standards and quality. Howeverwe strongly believe that profit should never come before safety.

Practitioners who don’t invest in research, training, the environment they work in, care standards and protection should things go wrong are an accident waiting to happen. There are risks involved in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and without the necessary safeguards in place side effects and complications are more likely to occur.

Quality non-surgical cosmetic treatments are expensive and as such, patients receiving them have the right to expect a prime quality product and a perfect service in an appropriate environment. Dermal filler treatments should never be administered at a party, in a hotel room, at a shop or at home. All patients, when researching and receiving these treatments, should expect to be treated with respect; be kept fully informed; and to be given time, care and attention throughout the entire experience.

In order to ensure their safety, patients should always select a qualified, established practitioner who has built up a good reputation over time. These practitioners should have a physical address and a landline listed on their website and of course, full details about who they are, where they studied, which degrees they obtained and which additional education they obtained in the field of non-surgical aesthetic treatments.  

Their registration certificates with the national Ministry of Health and their membership certificate of their national Medical Association should be clearly and visibly displayed at their clinic together with certificates of trainings and congresses and they should issue their patients an official invoice/ receipt for each treatment.

Don’t settle for the cheapest treatments. Expect and demand the best and be prepared to pay appropriately for it. 

If you want to read the original article and find an extensive source of advise and do's and don'ts about non-surgical aesthetic treatments click here.

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