Lethbridge Plastic Surgery – Answers to your Botox Questions in Lethbridge part 2.
We understand that the choices for cosmetic injectables can be overwhelming and it’s time to dive into this more thoroughly. Let’s break down the guidelines and regulations to gain a better understanding of the industry and what you can expect from your injector.
When seeking injectable treatments only YOU can decide what level of risk is acceptable; all medical procedures come with risks and choosing the right professional can help reduce your risks.
With injectable clinics opening now more than ever, many businesses – not just doctors – are looking to supplement their existing income by making a move into the world of aesthetics. Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and nurses can inject Botox and fillers in Alberta once they’ve completed additional educational requirements.
An order by an authorized prescriber is required before nurses may administer Schedule I medications and/or substances. If you haven’t first been seen by a doctor to evaluate your suitability for neurotoxins – the injector CAN NOT LEGALLY INJECT YOU.
There is no official certification program in Canada for toxin and filler injections. Due to this, the education, training, experience, and expertise between injectors varies greatly. Just because someone is legally allowed to inject, doesn’t mean that they are experienced at it, or safe to do so.
At Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we believe board-certified specialists, especially those with extensive training and experience with facial anatomy remain the safest choice for facial injections. Due to the risk for blood flow occlusion when doing fillers, only our plastic surgeon Dr. Secretan does filler injections.
Our neurotoxins are injected by are expertly trained nurses, after a careful consultation with Dr. Secretan to assess your facial anatomy for nerve or blood flow abnormalities.
Although all injectors must undergo some training to perform injections, they still might not have the experience or knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Be cautious of trends that give the “same set of lips” to each patient. If an injector seems to follow one basic recipe for all their patients, they might not be able to give you the best results.
*Injectors are responsible for diluting (reconstituting) some of these products to the appropriate concentration for the type of treatment they’re doing. Although all injectors should follow guidelines laid forth by the companies that produce them, we’ve unfortunately realized that this is not the case. If you come across Groupons, discounted, or cheap injectables that seem too good to be true – it’s because they are, these products have most likely been diluted too much and will not be as effective or last as long.
*Injectable marketing can lead people to believe that facial injections are a quick fix… and they can be, but not every cosmetic issue can be addressed in a single session, nor can a single injection provide long-lasting results.
*As wonderful as injections are, they’re not always the best solution to address facial rejuvenation concerns.
Right now it’s a bit like the wild west out there! With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to turn.
In general – choose a clinic with a doctor who is experienced in facial anatomy and knows how to tell when there are deviations from normal. These deviations are not always readily apparent, and if present, are mostly likely to be the cause of harm. This type of extensive training is not something that every doctor has.
General Practioners have a general medical education, gynecologists have extensive training in lower female anatomy, orthopedic surgeons have specialized training in bones and joints, ophthalmologists know a great deal about everything to do with eye structure… etc.
An experienced, board-certified aesthetic specialist can guide you through all your options, including minimally invasive laser treatments and surgical procedures. They can advise you towards the option that will be the best investment of your time and money.
An injector with less training and no surgical offerings may not be as discerning. Some may even try to “add more units or syringes” (ie. expensive to you) in an attempt to achieve a result that simple cannot be achieved with injectables.