I’m sure you’ve all seen emails with non-surgical aesthetic procedures offered at bargain basement prices, and heard whispers from individuals with dramatic pout ‘enhancements’ about salons that offer one syringe shared between two people. As a nurse, these stories make me feel quite ill, as there is no way that a responsible and medically trained professional would agree to administer treatments in this way. Even if you change the needle during a ‘syringe share’, there is still a risk of cross contamination from one patient to another, putting the patients at unnecessary risk just to save a little money.
For some people, dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing injections are perceived to be on the same level (and at the same price-point) as a handbag or pair of shoes from a High Street shop, as a quick and risk free ‘fix’ that is comparable to having nail extensions or colouring your hair. This just isn’t the case. Non-surgical aesthetic procedures involve the application, or injection, of chemical solutions. Done incorrectly, or without due care and attention in a clean and hygienic environment, non-surgical aesthetic treatments can have unwanted results, from unsightly lumps and bumps to bruising and potential infection. All non-surgical aesthetic treatments have a small risk associated with them, but under the expert care of a medical professional, the risk of potential side effects occurring tends to be lower, and in the unlikely event that something unexpected does go wrong, at least in the safe hands of a medical professional you can rest assured that your wellbeing is of utmost concern to your practitioner.
Here at Appearance Based Medicine, we believe in responsible treatments and put patient safety and wellbeing at the very heart of everything we do. We don’t promote deals and discounts – we charge a responsible and fair price for our treatments. We insist on a pre-treatment consultation with every patient, and ensure that everyone has the time and information necessary to make an informed decision about whether a treatment is right for them. We can highly recommend the Save Face website – www.saveface.co.uk – as an invaluable tool if you are considering a non-surgical aesthetic treatment, not just because it has a directory of accredited and approved clinicians, but because it has a great deal of impartial information about a range of treatments, helping to ensure that patients can be as well informed as possible when they approach an aesthetic practitioner for a procedure.
If you, or someone you know, is tempted by the ‘too good to be true’ price of a non-surgical aesthetic treatment, please think twice before booking an appointment; make sure your skin is in the safe and experienced hands of a medical professional so that you are #SafeNotSorry – it’s just not worth the risk!