From fillers to fat-busters, today’s cosmetic procedures offer all manner of promises … but with Christmas fast approaching it’s easy to make the wrong choice in a hurry.
As the holiday season drawing ever closer, it’s no surprise that many of my clients are looking for a confidence boost before facing all manner of social events. Whether it’s a festive night out with friends, the Christmas party at the golf club or a family gathering, looking and feeling our best is at the top of many of our wish lists. However with a never-ending list of procedures now available, it’s vital you don’t panic-book something you’ll regret.
It’s true that advances in non-surgical cosmetic aesthetics have certainly moved on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, thankfully, both in terms of safety and efficacy. That said; we shouldn’t view all treatments as beauty panaceas. With numerous therapies available on the high street, at dental surgeries and even in hair salons, choosing the right treatment and right place can be confusing. But I can’t stress enough, it is more important than ever to do your homework and find a clinician and a clinic you completely trust.
Don’t Be Tempted Just Because It’s Cheap
With all those presents still to buy and all that food that we need to stock up on, Christmas is a time when we just don’t have the spare cash to treat ourselves with. So I understand that it can be tempting to choose a procedure because of the low price point. Places offering cheap treatments may well be under-trained and unregulated, you probably won’t get a full consultation beforehand and more often than not you can be left disappointed by the results; and as a customer you owe it to yourself to be well informed.
Make sure you do your research beforehand – visit clinic websites, read through patient testimonials and look at the types of therapies on offer. Ask friends for their recommendations and an honest account of their experiences.
When It Comes To Fillers, Less Really Is More
The most popular treatments in the run-up to Christmas are undoubtedly Dermal Fillers and Botox. Despite infamous stories of these going wrong, I am a firm believer that small amounts – and I stress the term “small amounts” – of judiciously placed injectibles works wonders to lift, repair, strengthen and support. Whether you are looking for enhanced lip volume, to define features or restore volume, this non-invasive procedure can deliver natural, long-lasting results.
But while promises to turn back the clock may sound very tempting, you need to remember that these are medical procedures and as such can have associated side effects and complications … trout pouts are a real no-no when it comes to those magical mistletoe moments!
Book A Consultation Before Going Ahead
A face-to-face consultation with your clinician is vital for you to understand what will happen on the day, what results you can expect and what follow-up care will be offered – after all, your safety is literally in their hands. You should to be assessed to see what is suitable for you, your medical history and lifestyle discussed, and any side effects need to be taken into account.
Chose a consultant who is fully trained and holds the appropriate qualifications – I strongly advise you look for a doctor-led clinic with highly experienced staff. A good indicator of an authentic and professional clinic is to find out what awards they have received, particularly if they have been repeat finalists for leading industry accolades. I would also recommend that you don’t have your treatment on the same day as your consultation – you will need time to consider your options and decide whether it is something you are still happy to go ahead with and that you feel confident in your decision.
Dr Claire Oliver is founder and Director or Air Aesthetics, which boasts two multi-award winning clinics in the West Midlands – one in Henley-in-Arden and the other in Birmingham city centre.
For more information call 0845 519 5377 and book a confidential consultation. Visit www.airaesthetics.co.uk for further details of the procedure.