Dermal Filler Facts: Preventing Facial Freak Outs

by | Jun 1, 2018

We love beautiful things at Austin Clinic and are devoted to helping each of our patients become a living work of art. Cosmetic injectables, especially dermal fillers, are a wonderful tool that we can use to help men and women tweak, transform, and rejuvenate their appearance. We’re proud of the work we do and proud of the hard work and training we all put in to become experts in our field.

We wish everyone shared that point of view.

Can You Trust Your Injector?

“In the realm of black market beauty there are “lay” injectors—nurse technicians, aestheticians and back-office staff who have access to legit products from the offices they work in (usually stolen from the doctor),” warns New Beauty magazine in their story on Black Market Injections. Their so-called practices thrive because people too often focus on the price of the treatment rather than the proficiency of the person holding the needle.

“The benefit of most injectables is temporary,” observes Dr Austin, “but the problems caused by an untrained injector can go on and on.” They include:

  • Facial disfigurement
  • Misshapen nose, cheeks, lips
  • Untreatable fibrous tissue
  • Subcutaneous changes
  • Bumps
  • Deformities

“Some of the problems can be resolved with surgery,” acknowledges Dr Austin. “The sad thing is that patients end up spending more time and money, and experience more pain then if they had simply gone to a qualified professional to begin with.”

A Problem that Doesn’t Go Away

The scourge of bogus injectors is growing exponentially. Dr Douglas Grose, president of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia told, “The Health Care Complaints Commission is supposed to only respond to complaints about registered health practitioners whereas now it is obvious that many unregistered persons are acting like health practitioners.”

Dr Mary Dingley, board member of the CPCA, adds, “It’s imperative that people are made aware of how vital it is to visit a medical practice where there are trained people to help you in a safe medical environment when having a cosmetic procedure.”

Provenance: The Origin of Injectables

In the art world, “provenance” refers to an item’s origin and subsequent ownership. There is no equivalent in the world of cosmetic injectables, but perhaps there should be, and here’s why…

Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are classified as Schedule 4 substances by the TGA. This means they must be prescribed by a physician and administered under his/her supervision. Unfortunately, in the rush to cash-in on the lucrative cosmetic injectables craze, unscrupulous practitioners aren’t playing by the rules. A June 2nd article on Aussie Beauty Addicts highlights the problem, reporting on the Department of Health’s recent seizure in NSW of “thousands of illegal, non-approved Schedule 4 drugs from clinics across the state.”

“People with no proper training administer black market products in questionable circumstances. Their concern is profit, not patient safety,” reports Dr Austin.

We Specialise in Safety & Satisfaction

Dr Austin and all of us here at Austin Clinic want you to be safe, not sorry, when you have a cosmetic treatment. We invite you to visit our practice and experience for yourself what it means to be in the care of skilled, patient-centric professionals. Even our contact form is a pro! Use it now and we’ll fast track your enquiry for a quick response.