Ask your practitioner these questions so you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with your dermal filler or cosmetic injection procedure.
What was once the underground secret of a select few, dermal fillers have become incredibly popular in Australia, to the point where they now raise (almost) as few eyebrows as a visit to the salon. And here lies the problem: Get a bad haircut, and you can wait for it to grow back. Choose a poorly qualified practitioner or counterfeit products, and you could be left with disfigurement, health problems or, in extreme cases, facing death.
Dermal fillers, also known as nonsurgical enhancements using cosmetic injections or simply ‘injectables’, are materials injected under the skin to minimise the appearance of wrinkles or lines. They can also be used as volumisers in various facial areas, such as cheeks, jawbone or lips. Scars can also be treated successfully with fillers.
In recent years, there’s been an alarming number of horror stories around injectables – through bogus operators with no formal qualifications and counterfeit products – used knowingly or unknowingly by the recipient with devastating effects. These stories are often associated with “injectables parties” administered by unqualified practitioners, or casual operations held in hotel rooms (with clientele solicited through social media).
Administered by the right professional, however, dermal fillers can be truly transformative, hence their enormous popularity. So if you’re keen to join the hundreds of thousands of individuals that sing superlatives about their dermal fillers and antiwrinkle treatments, you simply have to ask your practitioner the right questions beforehand.
#1: What are your qualifications?
Your practitioner should be a qualified and registered medical doctor or a registered nurse acting under a doctor’s supervision. Don’t just take their word for it, though. There have been several reports of fraudulent behaviour regarding this subject. To check the qualifications of your practitioner, The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency lists all practitioners registered with Medical and Nursing Boards of Australia which you can access here.
Dr Joni Feldman M.B.B.S (MELB), F.F.M.A.C.C.S, DIP.LIPOPLASTY is a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon. A graduate of the University of Melbourne in 1987, she is a Fellow of Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and Founding Member of Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia.
You will not be delegated to a nurse or assistant so you can be assured of expert treatment by Dr Feldman herself, every time.
#2: What experience do you have in this procedure?
Ask how often your practitioner has performed the procedure. Not only should they be a trained doctor, but also highly knowledgeable in facial anatomy with appropriate training in injectables.
Dr Feldman was one of the first to start with injectables in Double Bay, Sydney in 1991, and has administered over 10,000 injections. There is very little about dermal fillers that she doesn’t know about, haven’t seen or experienced firsthand. Further, she will always be the one performing the procedures. You will not be delegated to a nurse or assistant so that you can be assured of expert treatment, every time.
Read more about Dr Feldman M.B.B.S (MELB), F.F.M.A.C.C.S, DIP.LIPOPLASTY and her qualifications here.
#3: What (filler) product will you be using on me?
In Australia, all products must be approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association). Ask for the name of the product, then perform a search through the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (TGA) website.
Counterfeit products imported from overseas have been used illegally in Australia and can cause negative effects ranging anywhere from a lack of results to disfigurement, pain and ill-health. A key giveaway in identifying counterfeit products is the low price. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
#4: What are the risks?
All cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers have risks attached. Fortunately, though, the risk is minor if performed by an experienced medical professional. Make sure your practitioner explains all risks to you carefully.
#5: What happens if something goes wrong?
It’s essential that you know the extent of after-care. Should something go wrong, such as experiencing pain, swelling or bleeding after the procedure, make sure you know how to contact your practitioner for medical support or advice.