Have you been considering filler? Follow these steps to make sure you choose the right injector

Horror inducing headlines about “botched filler” and “duck lips” have become common place. Our social media feeds are littered with injectors offering 3 for 2 deals on filler. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

We recently had a patient visit the Clinic looking to have her lip filler dissolved which had been done elsewhere. Unfortunately, the filler had migrated giving her a puffy, unnatural looking upper lip. There were also superficial deposits of filler on the underside of her lip giving them a lumpy appearance.

Our aesthetics nurse created a treatment plan which involved dissolving the patient’s filler with a Hyalase injection. Hyalase contains the active ingredient hyaluronidase which is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid based fillers. Two weeks later, once the swelling subsided and her filler dissolved, our patient returned to have her lips carefully refilled by a medical professional.

We have prepared some tips to help you make the safest choice when it comes to selecting an aesthetic injector to administer your filler.

Qualifications

Ensure that the injector has the necessary qualifications, training, and experience to perform the treatment safely and effectively.

We advise visiting a medically trained injector who is registered with a governing body such as the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Governing bodies are there to protect the public by ensuring professional standards are met and that anyone not adhering to these standards is stricken off.

Non-medically trained injectors on the other hand do not have a governing body holding them to account. Lacking a medical background may also mean the injector is not equipped to deal with medical emergencies if they occur.

Reputation

Reading online reviews can be a helpful way to gauge an injector’s credibility. You want to keep an eye out for reviews stating the injector is professional and informative, tailors treatment plans to their patients and operates in a clean, sterile environment.

Having a look on a clinic’s or injector’s social media can also help you when choosing a practitioner whose style you like! But be careful not to assume that a large social media following and a catalogue of before and afters are enough reason to justify booking in. While social media may help you identify an aesthetic you like, this must be paired with further research. Some injectors have been known to edit and filter their results to make them appear more desirable. Not all that glitters is gold.

Avoid Practitioners Advertising Ultra-Cheap Deals

Those new to injecting often charge cheaper prices to help get clients in the door. While practice is important for any aesthetic practitioner, when weighed against the risks of possible complications you should consider is it worth the risk?

Cheaper prices may also mean cheaper filler is being used. These could be from uncredited suppliers. A quick google search shows that derma fillers are very easy to purchase online without a prescription or other verification. In this case you cannot be sure that your injector is using safe, medically approved products. Cheap filler also increases your risk of suffering an allergic reaction as it could contain ingredients that are not tolerated well by the body.

If an injector is cutting costs on their filler, the chances are they do not have the safety equipment needed if an emergency occurs.

Always Book a Consultation

Once you have found an injector that meets these criteria, it is time to book a consultation and meet with them in person. A good injector will talk with you at length about your areas of concern and will make a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Equally, a good injector will also evaluate your medical history and tell you whether the procedure is safe for you to have.

During your consultation the benefits, risks and side effects of the treatment should also be clearly explained. You also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and gain a better understanding of the injector’s experience.

When it comes to making any cosmetic change to your face, it pays to be picky. Do not be afraid to get in touch with a clinic or injector to ask any questions you may have, and do not shy away from checking whether they have the relevant qualifications and certifications. Your safety is the number one priority.

La Belle Forme offer bespoke dermal filler treatments with fully qualified medical professionals. Both nurses and surgeons administer treatment at our clinic. If you have been considering getting derma filler, feel free to get in touch and book a consultation with one of our accredited specialists.