With more and more aesthetic practises opening every month, it can be easy to fall in to the trap of choosing a practitioner based on price or a new promotion. But in the wrong hands dermal filler injections can be dangerous so it is essential to do your research and choose the best injector for the job. Here are a few things to look out for:
Finding a medically trained doctor or nurse to carry out your treatment is really important because they will have a better understanding of the anatomy of the face. This not only makes injections much safer but also means that they can more likely achieve your desired results and avoid misplacement or overfilling. Furthermore, although very rare, a small number of complications are inevitable and if things do go wrong, a medically trained practitioner will have the skillset and knowledge to fix these problems. Here at VIVA, our founder, director and lead clinician, Dr. Rupert qualified as a medical doctor in 2009 and is a practicing general practitioner, allowing him to continuously update his skillset in a varied environment.
Experience and Training
When searching for that trusted injector, always be sure to look for someone who has lots of experience with dermal fillers and further to this, experience with the particular area you want treated. Look out for information on their website, YouTube videos and before and after photos and remember you can always ask questions before you visit a clinic.
A high level of training is also something you want to find in an aesthetics expert. Non-surgical aesthetics is an ever-changing industry and practitioners should show evidence of keeping up with this constantly shifting climate by training in new products and techniques. Dr. Rupert has been selected to join the top 10 Allergan mentees in the UK meaning he is involved in trialing new products and treatments and also conducting training for other medical professionals. This means that VIVA Skin Clinics is always able to stay at the forefront of aesthetic and ultimately offer customers the best and safest procedures.
Accreditations and Affiliations
As the popularity of dermal fillers has risen, so has the number of under qualified and inexperienced practitioners performing treatments that put clients at risk. In the UK regulation in this industry is slack and far behind that of other countries. Save Face provides a government recognised national register of accredited practitioners. Every clinician or practice listed with them must comply to a stringent set of standards- allowing patients to find trusted injectors in one place. Similarly, the JCCP offers a platform for practitioners based on their qualifications, experience and status. As well as being affiliated with Allergan, Dr. Rupert and VIVA are also registered with both of these associations.
Previous Work and Client Reviews
Of course, its not just about qualifications and training; before scheduling an appointment you also want to know about other clients’ experience in clinic. Looking to trusted review platforms such as TrustPilot, RealSelf and Doctify for patient testimonials is a great way of getting a comprehensive and honest reflection of a clinic. Similarly taking the time to look through a practitioner’s previous work is key to getting a feel for their skillset, the types of treatments they perform and the results they achieve. A whole array of VIVA’s before and after images can be viewed via our Instagram page @VIVASkinClinics and we also post regular treatment videos to our YouTube channel.