Today, anyone can have lips like Kylie Jenner if they get the right injection. For those who are considering some minor rejuvenation, here’s what you need to know about medical spas before you go. Your looks and your health could depend on it.
The Price is(n’t) Right
Just like with most things in life worth buying, if the price seems to good to be true, it probably is. If you hear of a spa offering treatments that cost way below the standard price, then you should probably avoid that establishment like the plague. We’ve all seen what happens when cosmetic procedures go wrong…
— Farrah Abraham (@F1abraham) January 6, 2015
… so keep in mind that cheap treatments give nasty results. You get what you pay for, after all.
It’s Medical for a Reason
Yes, the establishment might be spa-like and there might be a robe and slippers to change into and Enya playing through the speakers, but a medical spa needs to have a doctor on board who oversees everything. This means that if things go wrong, there is someone with medical knowledge on site to help. It also means that they are able to give you a proper assessment as to what treatments would, and wouldn’t, work for you.
Have a Chat
Before you undergo any treatment, you are entitled to a consultation with a medical pro. This is your opportunity to ask questions – and you should ask plenty! This will help to put your mind at ease or make a decision as to whether or not you want to go ahead with your plans. Just don’t let them talk you into anything you don’t actually want or need – if you are comfortable with your laugh lines, don’t let anyone, professional or otherwise, tell you different.
Before vs After
Something that you should insist on, even if it isn’t offered up front, is for your practitioner to take before-and-after pictures. This is a good way of being able to see if the treatment has worked. If the results are not what you wanted or expected, it can also be used as a reference, making it easier for the person who treated you to see what they can do to fix it. So be prepared, and willing, to say ‘cheese!’
Do Your Research
Google is your friend and can be used to search for feedback from other patients to see if they were happy with the treatment they received at the medical spa you intend to visit. That being said, don’t be put off by a couple of bad reviews – this is totally normal. What SHOULD set the alarm bells ringing is if a place has ONLY five-star reviews with one line comments. ‘Great’ – what does that even mean? Do your homework, but take what you read with a pinch of salt and trust your gut.
The Right Environment
This should go without saying, but botox, fillers and the like should never be injected at someone’s house, at an event or anywhere other than in a chair at a medical establishment. A botox party might seem like a novel, albeit scary, idea but it’s also not a safe environment for sticking needles into your face. You also need to see the practitioner open and use fresh tools and products – sharing might be caring but sharing germs, bacteria and blood? Not so much.
Inject, laser and treat your skin with care. It’s the only epidermis you’ve got. Good luck!
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