Not just anyone can provide an injectable aesthetic treatment in Australia. Treatments such as dermal fillers are typically prescription-only medications that may only be administered by registered healthcare practitioners. But how do you go about finding an appropriate clinic?
Dermal fillers are a type of aesthetic treatment used to address the effects of facial ageing, correct imbalances and help individuals achieve a desired look. A filler containing aesthetic gel is placed under the skin, helping to achieve results such as lifting facial features, adding volume and filling lines or wrinkles. The procedure requires skill and training, and in Australia dermal fillers are classed as a prescription-only medication. Only a registered healthcare practitioner may administer them. If you wish to consult with a practitioner about a procedure, the following five steps may help you located someone who is reliable and accredited.
1. Start with a broad search
You may have seen a clinic spruiking their aesthetic treatments on Instagram or Facebook. However, booking an appointment purely based on a flashy advert is not advisable. Instead, make use of the digital age and conduct a thorough web search of clinics in your area. You may wish to use registers provided by healthcare professional bodies. A key prerequisite for any practitioner is that they are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, so visit their website to check. If your friends and family have undergone aesthetic procedures, you may wish to ask them about their experiences. Would they recommend the healthcare practitioner they visited?
2. Drill deeper
Once you have a short list of clinics, conduct some more research to see how they stack up. Thoroughly review the websites of potential contenders to find the areas in which they specialise and the qualifications of their staff. Make sure that the clinic strives for the highest standard by evaluating:
- The level of education and qualifications at the clinic
- The clinic’s focus on safety for the patients
- That the products the clinic works with are registered in Australia
The clinic should also offer you consultation before any type of treatment. Click here to find your local clinic.
3. Take a closer look at the products
It is important that the clinic uses products supported by strong clinical evidence and registered for aesthetic use in Australia. Such products will have gone through preclinical and clinical testing. Additionally, products that have been on the market for a number of years have additional safety margin, given they have stood the test of time.
4. Make sure that the clinic’s view of beauty resonates with you
Beauty is to a large extent based on an individual’s personal sense of style, so it’s important that you evaluate a clinic not just on the qualifications of staff but also its style and image. This should inform you about the practitioners’ approach to beauty. Make sure that you are comfortable with the clinic’s view of beauty and aesthetics.
5. Book a consultation
Once you have found a clinic that feels right for you, book a consultation. Don’t rush your decision to proceed with a particular clinician. Only go ahead with the treatment if you feel comfortable with the environment in the clinic, the advice provided by the consulting practitioner and the potential outcomes and risks.