Injectable Cosmetic Treatments Guide
Treatments You Can Trust does not advocate or promote any specific treatment, clinic or product. We provide free independent advice to the public and we can guide you to registered providers who have evidenced their compliance with the Treatments You Can Trust standards.
We are not able to provide you with specific information relating to your own condition or complaint. We are also not able to recommend individual providers or clinics.
The information here contains general background and some technical information on how the treatments work and what the main side effects and risks of the treatments could be.
It is vitally important that you are aware of what to expect during the treatment and what results you can expect. This means that you will be better able to discuss with your practitioner which treatment is right for you.
Should you have any suggestions for information to be provided on additional treatments please feel free to email us - we are always happy to hear from you!
Treatment advice and information
What to expect from a Treatments You Can Trust registered cosmetic injectable provider
While part of the charm and ambience of individual salon or clinic settings are their differences there are certain common features which you have a right to expect when visiting a Treatments You Can Trust registered organisation.
As part of the registration process all organisations are required to certify that certain standards will be met and maintained when seeing clients for cosmetic injectable treatments:
- The premises and equipment will be clean and well maintained
- The appearance of practitioners will be neat, tidy and clean (both uniform and personal)
- Practitioners will behave in a professional manner at all times
- The proposed treatment will be explained to you including any risks or contraindications
- You will be informed of the cost of treatment prior to commencement
- You will be asked to sign a consent to treatment form before your treatment
- You must be protected from hazards associated with prevention and control of infection
- You will be treated courteously and with respect
- Your dignity will be protected during your treatment.
These requirements are put in place to ensure that the high standards required of Treatments You Can Trust registered organisations are maintained. Should you have cause for concern you should raise it with your practitioner or the clinic manager at the time and ask to have the matter rectified.
If you remain dissatisfied you should ask for a copy of the organisations complaints policy. This will explain how you can take take the matter further which may involve putting you complaint in writing to the owner of the business.
All Treatments You Can Trust registered organisations are required to have a written complaints policy as part of the registration requirements.
When NOT to have a cosmetic injectable treatment
There are some occasions when it is better, safer and in everyone's interests that clients do not have a cosmetic injectable treatment. Some of these contraindications, as they are called are absolute, this means that under no circumstances should you have a treatment.
Other contraindications are relative, this means that there may be some factor which will either make the treatment less effective or may place you at a slightly higher risk of side effects but, if you accept this it may still be possible to carryout the treatment. In these circumstances the practitioner will explain the problem fully and then they and you will come to a decision as to whether the treatment should proceed.
Absolute contraindications include:
- You are pregnant or may be pregnant
- You have had a severe reaction or scar from a previous similar cosmetic injectable treatment
- You are taking some types of medication which affect the body’s reaction to the treatment
- You are suffering from some severe or life threatening illnesses such as cancer
- If you have a skin rash or infection associated with the area of treatment.
Please remember, if your Treatments You Can Trust Registered treatment provider advises you against treatment then it is in your best interest to take the advice given. Note: This list is not fully comprehensive and others factors may be arise during your consultation.
What to do if something goes wrong
Cosmetic injectable treatments are generally very safe and the results of the treatments are normally very pleasing and can be outstanding, however no treatment which is this effective is ever completely without risk.
Treatments You Can Trust registered providers are required to have a certain specified level of training both in the clinical use of cosmetic injectable treatments and in the risks and hazards associated with them in order to reduce to a minimum the chances of problems arising from the treatment . Even with these protections in place there are occasions when certain individuals have unexpected or particularly severe reactions to treatments. These can include allergic reactions, infections, rashes, or may be more severe in terms of blocking of blood vessels or delayed allergic reactions which can be prolonged and in very rare circumstances may be very severe and can lead to scarring
Generally these reactions are minor and self limiting or can be managed easily by practitioners who are appropriately trained and experienced.
In severe cases your practitioners may advise that go to see your own doctor for advice or prescription of medications to assist in managing the problem. Very rarely, it can be necessary to seek advice and treatment from a doctor specialising in managing skin problems such as a dermatologist. Referral may be made by your practitioner or by your GP.
Your Treatments You Can Trust registered provider should discuss the risks of treatment with you prior to treatment and you should be asked to sign a consent form to state that the risk have been explained to you and you agree to proceed in the light of the information which has been given.
About Botulinum Toxin treatment
Botulinum toxin treatment, known to the public usually as 'botox' is one of the most popular and most effective non-surgical cosmetic treatments. There are several manufacturers of botulinum toxin which is marketed under different trade names (BOTOX, XEOMIN, DYSPORT, VISTABEL, AZZALURE etc).
Millions of treatments are carried out each year around the world and results can be remarkable. Botulinum toxin is commonly used to soften or remove lines and wrinkles from between the eyes, on the brow and around the eyes, however it can also be used to treat upper lip lines, turned down corners of the mouth, neck lines and lines on the upper part of the chest.
When botulinum toxin is injected under the skin it causes a relaxation of the muscles of facial expression. As the skin is no longer being creased by the action of the muscles the lines and wrinkles soften and improve.
The treatment will begin with the practitioner making a full assessment of your past medical history and current medications to ensure that you are suitable for treatment. The treatment is carried out using very fine needles. The toxin is carefully placed in to the muscles which cause the lines and wrinkles to be treated. The treatment itself will take about 10 minutes.
After the treatment there may be some redness but this quickly fades (10-15 minutes). The effects of the toxin start about 72 hours after the injections and will build up over about 2-3 weeks. The wrinkles will continue to improve over about 3-4 weeks from the time of treatment. In most patients the effects last 3-4 months before they wear off, the treatment should then be repeated.
The commonest adverse effects of the treatments are bruising or a mild headaches for 24 hours after. There are however some more serious possible adverse reactions including drooping of the eye brow or eye lid (ptosis), swelling around the eyes (oedema) and the possibility of severe allergic reactions. Your practitioner will discuss these with you at the time of the consultation to ensure that you are fully informed of the potential risks.
Botulinum toxin also has effects on sweat glands and can reduce or abolish excessive sweating under the arms, on the hands and feet and so is used in the treatment of excessive sweating - hyperhidrosis.