Non-surgical aesthetic treatments are already incredibly popular, and are a growing market – in fact, a WhatClinic.com survey recently revealed that demand for non-surgical treatments has doubled in the past six months. You can read more about the treatments here – but topping the list, and not for the first time, were dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers bridge the gap between topical anti-ageing treatments and facial rejuvenation surgery. Injected directly into deep lines and wrinkles in the face in order to ‘plump’ them out, the result is smoother with a reduced appearance of wrinkles. Of course, in order to avoid an obviously ‘plumped up’ appearance it is important to have the fillers administered carefully and in a conservative manner.
Having the treatment administered by a cosmetic surgeon assures you of experience but also the benefit of having an informed opinion on alternatives at the same time.
Many people elect to undergo non-surgical treatments at this time of year; the treatment is quick, the results are instant and there’s minimal downtime, meaning the treatment can be worked into even the busiest of schedules. In contrast to invasive and time-consuming surgery, dermal fillers are ideal for people who are looking for a relatively immediate result.
Although cosmetic injectables are far less invasive and more convenient than the surgical alternative, they can still pose risks if administered incorrectly. It’s important to seek the advice and treatment of a registered cosmetic professional. Speaking to The Cosmetic Surgery Guide¸ Mr. Chana elaborated on this. He said:
“While new recommendations suggest that time-linked incentives, group deals and other inducements should be banned, these practices are continuing. Furthermore, many providers of non-surgical treatments such as wrinkle-relaxing injections and dermal fillers do not specify the qualifications of those administering treatments; in fact, very few procedures are offered in clinics registered with the Care Quality Commission.”
“There has been a steady year on year increase in the non-surgical sector and a whole industry has developed around capturing this lucrative market with little or no regulation and dubious practices. “
“There is no consensus on which type of practitioners should be administering particular treatments and the level of qualifications or experience required to do so. Hence, it is confusing for potential patients to understand the medical nature of treatments and where to obtain the best advice when almost any practitioner, medically qualified or sometimes not, can advertise themselves as a cosmetic specialist and offer treatments on the high street.”
“For example, it takes very many years training as a plastic surgeon to gain the necessary skills to undertake liposuction safely and effectively and yet we see doctors with no surgical training offering liposuction such as Vaser liposelection and other forms of liposuction on the high street and these treatments are often falsely marketed as non-invasive, which of course they are not.”
“Patients should be wary of ‘high street’ advertising of cosmetic treatments and certainly not be induced by glamorous adverts and cut-price offers. Furthermore, public education is needed so that patients have a true understanding of which practitioners have the necessary skills and experience for the treatment they are interested in.”
“Certainly, for all cosmetic surgery including liposuction and its various forms, the advice of a BAAPS registered aesthetic surgeon should be sought. Where anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are concerned there are plans to make all such treatments prescription only and this will bring some regulation into the market.”
“However, at present patients are advised to ensure that the practitioner if not a Plastic Surgeon is at least medically qualified, has experience in such treatments and is practising in an accredited Care Quality Commission facility.”