Non-surgical enhancements using cosmetic injections, also known as dermal fillers, are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Dermal fillers are materials injected under the skin to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles or lines, and can also be used to enhance facial contours by adding volume to cheeks and lips. Increasing interest in these types of procedures has prompted a reminder about the associated risks, the presence of counterfeit products and the conversations you should be having during your consultation.
There are questions you can ask during your consultation with a qualified medical doctor which will help you make an educated decision on whether or not to go ahead.
Make sure the person performing the procedure is a qualified and registered medical doctor or a nurse who is acting under a doctor’s supervision. The national register maintained by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency lists all persons who hold registration with the Medical and Nursing Boards of Australia and can be freely searched on the AHPRA website.
Doctors must have extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy, as well as the required training and experience.
Injecting filler into the wrong area of the face may have serious consequences, including blindness or even death.
Due to legislation and regulations governing the advertising of therapeutic goods, product information such as the brand name and substances cannot be advertised and so this information is only available if you ask.
Identifying the name of the product will allow you to search the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), on the TGA website, to ensure that we have approved that product for your procedure. The doctor should know whether the product they are using is approved.
It is important to ensure you will be supported after the procedure if you experience any side effects
As with any procedure, there are associated risks that your doctor should explain to you. But it is also important to ensure you will be supported after the procedure if you experience any side effects.
Counterfeit dermal filler products imported from overseas exist and should be avoided. These can be difficult to identify. The best way to avoid them is to only ever source prescription products from a medical professional who is registered in Australia.
Be aware of heavily advertised and discounted procedures. Ask the right questions to make sure you’re comparing ‘like with like’ when researching clinics/doctors.
To book a one-on-one consult with Dr. Targett at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, please call 0403 690 031.
DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from patient to patient. Please consult your healthcare professional to determine if this treatment is right for you.