Adverse reactions, your questions answered

With the cosmetic industry growing, we are spoilt for choice for where to go to get cosmetic injectable treatments. People are becoming more open about having injectables and as a result, advertising is popping up all over social media. How can you ensure you make the right choice?

The biggest mistake people make, is choosing the cheaper option! Wrong, wrong, wrong.
The things you should be looking for are, what qualifications does my injector have? All injectors at My Botique are medically trained doctors or nurses, with many years’ experience in general practice before having moved into the cosmetic industry.

The industry is constantly changing and evolving, so what ongoing training is my injector having? My Botique staff are provided with regular in house training with the top aesthetic companies in Australia. They are also invited to attend all the big conferences being held regularly in Sydney’s CBD. All conferences are lead by top international injectors who bring to us the latest injecting techniques from around the world.

Are they providing the safest practice? All My Botique injectors not only provide a clean and safe practice whilst you’re in the clinic having a procedure, they also provide you with at home post care instructions. Unlike many other clinics, My Botique is a Cosmetic Injection Specialist clinic, meaning we have injectors working 7 days a week, so you are able to call up or call in if you have any queries or concerns following your procedure.

What is actually being used and injected? My Botique only uses FDA approved companies to provide the highest quality branded injectables. Your injector should always explain what products are being used and if not offered, you should ask to see the packaging of your dermal fillers to ensure it is a new, sealed stick of filler.

Adverse reactions, what can happen? Although it is not common to have a reaction to the products used at My Botique, it is always important to be over prepared! Our staff are trained in recognising early signs of adverse reactions and how to treat them. Dermal fillers used in clinic are hyaluronic acid (HA) based. HA is a major component of our skin, it’s a naturally occurring sugar molecule found in the body distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial and neural tissue. It’s involved in tissue repair, like when the skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays. HA can become inflamed which is what we call sunburn!

So, if you are looking in the mirror this summer and you’re feeling like your skin is a little dull, it can be dehydrated and as a result, you could have a buildup of degraded HA in the tissue.
SO, as you can imagine dermal fillers are not just great for adding volume and contouring, but also replenishing the skin with HA, giving it a much-needed refresh!

Taking all this into account the risk of having a reaction to our dermal fillers isn’t high!
However, as dermal fillers are a gel-like substance and the tissue is highly variable and vascular there is always a risk of product clumping and/or lodging in a vessel.
If this occurs you will note a discoloration in the skin, near or around the area treated, sometimes this will show up immediately, sometimes it can appear hours after.
It is vital to be under the care of a qualified injector, because if this does occur and is treated promptly it will prevent tissue infection and necrosis.

HA based dermal fillers are preferred over permanent dermal fillers as they can be reversed if anything like this does happen. Hyaluronidase is a product that can be administered at the site of occlusion and the filler will break down and restore blood flow back to the affected tissue.

What do I do post procedure? Follow the injectors instructions! Your injector will give you a take-home pamphlet with what to expect on it, however, if you have any doubts contact the clinic and seek advice.

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