Lastly, most experienced clinicians, outside of COVID times, tend to be booked out and can’t fit you in on the day, barring emergencies post-treatment. They will hold you accountable to your treatment goals as it’s in your best interest to do so.
Most experienced clinicians are more interested in educating you, and helping you choose what’s best for you in the bewildering array of cosmetic procedures, including skin improvement, rather than simply selling you a pre-planned, generic package or
a deal that may or may not suit.
So, just be cautious of this.
The current marketing push from big chains and corporates may be one of the contributing reasons for why we see vending machine-style aesthetics, in which the patient largely designs their own treatment and the person injecting simply says, ‘yes’.
Doing cosmetic enhancements on the face especially, where millimetres of change are apparent, complex, delicate work, and it takes a combination of science and art to bring it all together and years of experience and practice.
You cannot learn that in a five-day boot camp or a weekend course and certainly not without some foundational years in the basics of medicine, during which you learn the art of medicine – consultation, assessment, correct diagnosis as well as recognising
complications when they occur and how to manage them.
Junior staff are heavily supervised in hospitals and other settings for this very reason and not left to their own devices for years, until deemed competent and safe to the public.
As with the ‘Cosmetic Cowboys‘ expose not that long ago, many people are being harmed by non-invasive medical aesthetics – we just
don’t see it as much of a problem because, to some degree, we’ve become so desensitised to it.
We all know of someone who’s walking around among us with frozen faces, over-inflated lips, exaggerated cheeks and hollow temples and a face that does not match the neck/décolleté and hands.
It is not what aesthetic medicine, at its core, was even intended to be.
I hope we are taking back the reigns, and as doctors and nurses, returning to the core of what we undertook in training for this in the first place – to first do no harm.
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