With salons and clinics popping up all over the place offering Botox and dermal fillers it can be difficult to know how to choose the right establishment for your aesthetic treatments.
Which one is better? Which is safest? Why is one more expensive than the other?
Whilst aesthetic treatments are becoming more popular and well-known, it is still important to remember that these are still medical procedures. There are still risks involved in these treatments which is why it is so important to do your research when choosing a practitioner and clinic.
Unfortunately, it is fairly easy in the UK (due to lack of regulation) to do a quick course on Botox and dermal fillers- particularly the latter. Anybody who holds an NVQ level 3 in beauty therapy (or similar) can be trained to carry out dermal filler treatments. Whilst Botox is a prescription only medication (POM) and is slightly more regulated, dermal fillers are not. This means your local beautician (or plumber! (no, really!)) can carry out the treatment for you with minimal training and does not need to be working under a prescribing medical professional.
This is not to suggest that your local beautician is not capable of providing a nice result, but what happens if something goes wrong?
What can go wrong?
Dermal fillers are made of a substance called Hyaluronic Acid. This is a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies making it a very safe product to use. However, it is not risk-free. Complications can arise such as a vascular occlusion. This is when the dermal filler blocks the blood supply to the blood vessels and in an instance such as this, the filler needs to be dissolved immediately.
How bad can a vascular occlusion possibly be? In short, really bad. If the tissue has no blood supply the tissue will die. What does this mean? This means the tissue- your lips for example- unless treated will turn black and fall off. If you’re having areas around your eyes filled such as the nose or temples and the blood supply is blocked you could lose your sight.
So if they can just dissolve it, what’s the problem? The problem is that whereas people are able to get hold of dermal fillers without a medical professional or prescription- the product used to dissolve filler (hyalase) is prescription-only.
Time is of the essence when it comes to a vascular occlusion and although the chances of it happening are slim, you need to make sure you are in the hands of someone who can deal with it quickly and efficiently.
Why choose Amanda Pierce Aesthetics?
Amanda Pierce Aesthetics is a prescribing clinic, which means we are able to keep stock of prescription medicines such as Hyalase and Botox. This not only means that we are able to deal with any complications on-site and immediately, but we are also able to perform your treatment on the day of your appointment if you are a suitable candidate.
Amanda Pierce Aesthetics is lead by Amanda Pierce who is a highly-trained Independent Nurse Prescriber with over 30 years experience under her belt. Along with Amanda, all of our other members of staff are trained to the highest standard and are extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the business and are able to give you help when you need it.
Whilst we know not all of you will be visiting our clinic (although we’d love to meet you!), we want you to be in the best hands possible for your treatments. Do your research on a clinic before you go for any treatments. What qualifications do the practitioners have? Are they able to deal with any medical complications? What aftercare do they offer?
As tempting as it may be to go to the cheapest place, your health is more important and it’s worth paying a bit extra to know you are in capable hands.
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Want to know more?
For any more information about the treatments we offer or about our clinic then why not drop us an email or give us a call? There is always someone more than happy to help.