Like most of the population today, I am a sucker for a good Instagram scroll. I often get myself into a deep rabbit hole and before I know it, 3 hours have passed by! Due to the nature of my job and my personal interests, I often find myself on other aesthetic or cosmetic injectors pages, looking at their work, their images, and even photos of themselves (I’m a creep, I know!). One thing that is really standing out for me lately, is other injectors results. People are posting photos of work they have done, promoting new lips, new jaw lines, new cheeks and to be honest, it is work that I would not be proud to splash all over the internet. Now don’t get me wrong, I totally understand it is personal preference and what I don’t like, others may love, but part of being a good injector, a safe injector, an ethical injector, is to do the right thing by the patient. You have to guide them, help them understand facial anatomy and aesthetics. If they want huge lips, that will totally distort their face, help them to understand that although their lips isolated may look amazing, as a holistic view of their face, they may look disproportioned and unbalanced.
I’m also a massive believer that my patients are my best advertisement as an injector. So I want every single one of them walking out the door looking, refreshed, natural and rejuvenated. Not overdone or out of proportion.
So I have compiled a list of things to look for when researching the right injector, and here they are:
Word of mouth – talk to people. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to ask friends, family, colleagues about cosmetic injectors. More and more people are having these treatments and may be open to share their experience with you.
Injector experience – find out how long they have been working in the industry and more importantly, try and suss how frequently they are updating their skills. This is a rapidly evolving industry and techniques and products are changing all the time, make sure your injector is updated with the latest techniques and treatment options on offer.
Clinic environment and protocols – Look of for clinic cleanliness. Cosmetic injections are a medical procedure and should be carried out using an aseptic technique which minimises the risk of infection. Have you had a thorough consultation, do you understand what the treatment is and what the risks are? Did you read and sign a consent form? Have you met or skyped with a Doctor if your injector is a nurse?
Social Media – Most injectors have their own social media pages now. Have a look at their displayed work, and use this to help you decide if their style suits your needs. Some injectors have a lot of younger clients and some focus more on the older clientele, these are good things to consider when choosing who to go to.
Don’t shop for a bargain – There are lots of different types of muscle relaxant and dermal filler products on the market, and as the saying goes, you get what you pay for with these. Good quality products will have longevity and are backed by industry result driven studies. Make sure you know what the brand and product being used is before it is injected into you.
Hopefully this will help you search for the right injector! One thing I always say to my first time clients is, come for a consult first. We won’t do any treatment on that day. I will conduct a total face assessment, discuss everything and answer all your questions. Then you’ll go home and think everything through. By this time, you’ll know if it’s what you want and if I am the right injector for you. A client/injector relationship is a long term one, like a GP or a hairdresser. You don’t want to end up in the wrong hands!