Cosmetic Injectables: Why it is Important to Have a Doctor Perform Your Cosmetic Injectables?

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Muscle Relaxants

Muscle Relaxants are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. Possible side effects include:

  • Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
  • Headache or flu-like symptoms
  • Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
  • Crooked smile or drooling
  • Eye dryness or excessive tearing
 Although very unlikely, it’s possible for the effect of muscle relaxants to spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to weeks after receiving Botox.
  • Muscle weakness all over the body
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble speaking or swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Loss of bladder control

Doctors generally recommend against using Muscle relaxants when you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.

Select your doctor carefully

Muscle Relaxants must be used only under a doctor’s care. It’s important that injections be placed precisely in order to avoid side effects. Muscle Relaxant therapy can be dangerous if it’s administered incorrectly. Ask for a referral from your primary care doctor or look for a doctor who specializes in your condition and who has experience in administering Muscle Relaxant treatments.

A skilled and properly certified doctor can advise you on the procedure and help determine if it best suits your needs and health.

Dermal Fillers

Something most people are not aware of when having dermal fillers is that in the wrong hands dermal fillers can cause blindness and stroke. The reasons your doctor should perform your cosmetic injections are clear.

The most important advice is: don’t skimp or seek out bargain offers.  Cosmetic Surgery is a scarily unregulated industry.  Do your research and if you can’t afford the best, save until you can.

Think of your appearance as akin to your life savings.  Would you hand all the money you had to a cowboy, or invest all your money in a scheme you read about on the internet? No. Hopefully, you would go to a specialist who has a track record of protecting your assets.  The same goes for you appearance! You deserve to look your best, whatever your age.

Australian Guidelines

The Medical Board of Australia has introduced new guidelines on Cosmetic Injecting which will come into force on October 1st. Of particular interest are the following:

1. Medical practitioners must not prescribe cosmetic injectables unless they have had a consultation with the patient, either in person or by video.
2. If the cosmetic injectable is administered by another registered health practitioner who is not an authorised prescriber, the prescribing medical practitioner must be contactable and able to respond if required.
3. Procedures should be performed in a facility that is appropriate for the level of risk involved in the procedure. Facilities should be appropriately staffed and equipped to manage possible complications and emergencies.

These guidelines reflect the growing concern about corporate type clinics using loopholes to allow unsupervised nurses to administer anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. I have little doubt that some clinics will continue to exploit loopholes to allow nurses to perform these procedures.
There are many excellent Nurse injectors but what is clear is that they must be working in collaboration or under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner. Using video consultations with a doctor that you will never meet in person and who lives in another city and who is unable to attend to you in the result of a complication just isn’t an appropriate standard of care.

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