Changing the face of aesthetics, dermal fillers are one of the most popular, non-invasive cosmetic treatments performed in clinics around the globe, and to no surprise. With advanced abilities to restore volume, perfect pouts, snatch jawlines, and chisel cheekbones, more patients are seeking subtle filler treatments to enhance and refine their look. 

But with a lengthy cache of dermal fillers and an ever-growing roster of aesthetic practitioners to choose from, it can be overwhelming for a first timer. That’s why we’re here to guide you on how to ensure you’re in good hands when it comes to your dermal filler appointment.

If you’re tired of hearing horror stories about ‘dermal fillers gone wrong’, grab a cuppa, sit back and let’s talk all things safety. Knowledge is power, so be prepared to ask your aesthetic practitioner these five questions.

Are you a licenced and certified practitioner?

When it comes to dermal fillers, or any other injectable treatment, a little bit of due diligence can go a long way in the aftermath of your aesthetic appointment. Ensuring that your practitioner is both licensed and certified by a reputable organisation may be the difference between your desired results and a trip to the ER. Practitioners with the correct credentials should be able to provide documents and proof of practice upon request, and if not, run. 

Credible practitioners should be able to provide proof of their qualifications and any relevant certifications. A report concluded by Save Face on ‘Aesthetic Treatment Complaints’ stated, ‘treatments carried out by laypeople or unaccountable practitioners often mean there is no redress for patients when things go wrong’. It’s crucial that your aesthetic practitioner has an in-depth understanding of complication resolution, facial anatomy, emergency management and advanced injecting techniques.

What type of dermal filler are you using?

Despite having similar formulations, different types of dermal fillers have different properties. It’s important that you ask your practitioner about the brand, the type of filler they plan to use, where they supply their products and any contraindications of the injectable, you know, the basics! Always remember that good fillers never ‘just happen’, they’re the result of careful planning and research.

For a trustworthy dermal filler choice, enquire about REVOLAX in your local clinics. 

Making waves in the industry, REVOLAX is a CE-marked dermal filler, backed by industry-leading medical professionals and advanced aesthetics practitioners nationwide. Gaining the seal of approval from both patients and practitioners, REVOLAX promises exceptional quality and remarkable results. Developed with the highest quality hyaluronic acid, REVOLAX promises to sculpt and enhance your features like no other and that’s the filler 411.

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What are the potential side effects?

As with any medical treatment, there are potential risks and side effects associated with dermal filler. We know, we know *eye roll* but seriously! It’s so important to be aware of the potential risks ahead of your treatment, so you can quickly spot where things aren’t looking like they’re supposed to

It’s important to be aware of these before deciding to go ahead with the treatment, and even more so to query your practitioner on their immediate response in the result of uncommon side effects. Asking your practitioner about any possible complications of the treatment and how they would be handled in the event of an emergency will give you a greater piece of mind prior to your treatment. Always remember that aesthetics should be powered by proper practice. A notable aesthetics practitioner will not hesitate to ensure your questions are answered.

Every treatment has its own set of potential side effects, and it’s important to be aware of them before you commit. Don’t be afraid to ask about anything you’re interested to know – it’s your face on the line, after all.

Can you show me before and after photos of your work? 

Seeing examples and real-life imagery of a practitioner’s work can give you a better idea of the results you can expect. Ask to see before and after photos of patients who have undergone similar treatments and ensure that your practitioner is confident in what you’re asking of them. 

Prior to this, it’s also handy to read reviews and get referrals from trusted sources. It might take a little extra time and effort, but it’s worth it to ensure that you’re in good hands. Don’t sacrifice your safety for a quick fix – do your homework!

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In your professional opinion, what treatments do I need to achieve the look I want?

It’s important that your practitioner gives you full transparency when it comes to deciding which dermal filler treatments are best for you. In an ideal scenario, your practitioner will be able to recommend the best course of treatment that’s tailored to your aims – not your bank account. Untrustworthy practitioners will be more so inclined to offer packages for ml’s of dermal filler which, in most cases, is unnecessary. 

Practitioners should set realistic expectations, without leading you astray. Ask your practitioner to explain your treatment plan – what they plan to do, when and why. Understanding how they plan to address your needs will help you stay in the loop of your procedure process. Top tip: pay for the skill, not the ml!

Dermal fillers can be a great way to enhance your appearance but doing your research is the most important consideration of all – don’t just go to anyone with a syringe and a smile. Asking the right questions before booking an appointment with an aesthetics practitioner can help you make an informed decision and ensure that you receive a safe and effective treatment.