Before you get your dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injections, do as much research as you can. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best cosmetic injector for you.
The injector and clinic history
Ask the following questions:
- How long has the injector been injecting full time? The longer, the better. Read between the lines, as so many clinics find sneaky ways of disguising the limited reality.
- How long has the injector been at their current practice? Stability is a beautiful thing in a medical service provider.
- How long has their practice been established? Again, this speaks to trustworthiness, stability and reputation.
- What memberships do they hold, and for how long? Is the injector dedicated to continuing medical education?
- Does the doctor perform any other type of medicine/surgery? If so, this will affect how much cosmetic medicine and injectables they perform. A surgeon performing injectables one day per week would take a long time to become proficient in injecting.
Ask about complications and their management
Assess the injector’s aesthetic sense and make sure it matches your own:
The way to do this is to check their website for before and after photos of their work on their patients. If the injector is perpetrating stock photos supplied by their injectable wholesaler, then these are completely unhelpful in helping you see if you share the doctor’s aesthetic.
Study their website with a critical eye
Are they good injectors if they are ranking front page on Google for injectable search terms like “dermal filler Adelaide”? Not necessarily, being front page of google indicates that they are good at SEO, or pay a lot to someone who is good at SEO!
Call up and have a discussion with their reception staff:
This gives you a good idea about the clinic and their focus. Do they value you as a potential client? Are they interested in helping you and sharing information? Most staff at cosmetic clinics are there for a reason, which is that THEY LOVE THE SUBJECT, so they should be willing and able to share a lot of valuable information.
Check out the appearance of the staff and the clinic:
Do aesthetics matter? Are the staff underdone? Is the clinic neat, clean, tidy and functional? Are there good systems in place? All of these clues will give you an idea about whether you are going to get the service at the level that you expect. Epiclinic Adelaide is a perfect example of doctors and medical technicians that are among the most experienced on a national and international level.
I would definitely recommend checking these out, albeit with a sophisticated approach, which acknowledges the facts that:
- Reviews may be solicited or inauthentic
- The occasional negative review should be expected
Ask your friends, relatives and service providers:
Your hairdresser and beauty therapist are great places to start! They talk all day long about such things and have access to a large number of clients. This approach still has limitations, but these professionals can be a great resource.
Have a consultation or two:
Cosmetic treatments should never be hurried. Meet with a couple of injectors, get their opinions about what they think would be good for your face. Of course, it is a doctor you should be seeing for the consultation rather than a nurse (this is a legal issue to start with, and of course it is best medical practice), which takes me to the next topic:
Make sure the clinic is acting within the law
In Australia, it is the law that the patient must have a consultation with a physician before that doctor prescribes the cosmetic injectables, which may then be injected by the doctor or a nurse. If the clinic does not provide a consultation with a doctor prior to your treatment by a nurse, DO NOT GO THROUGH WITH THE PROCEDURE, as they are breaking the law, and are therefore not covered by insurance. If they are breaking the law in this way, this is an obvious sign that you should be cautious with your trust. It is likely that Skype consultations are soon to be banned by Australian regulators.
Make sure the clinic is acting according to the recommendation of their insurance company. Many clinics are not working within this guideline provided by their insurer. Doctors should be having face to face consultations rather than skype or other non-face to face-style consultations. If you are not seeing a doctor before your treatments, you should find a clinic where good medical practice is being observed.