Hi guys! My name is Dr.
Sarah Tonks, I'm a cosmetic physician, I work in London.
I'm here today to talk to you about another serious topic – I know right? We just had one last week! If I'm getting a bit too serious then you guys definitely have to let me know okay! This week I am going to be talking all about how you pick your injector, and that's something which I'm often asked by people who maybe are in different countries or from Mars.
When people are thinking about having injections done, maybe for the first time, there are three questions which are asked.
The first is 'how much does it cost?' the second is 'does it hurt?' and the third is 'will it look natural for me?'.
I think those questions are probably not the right ones that you should be asking, because they can all be managed if you have the right injector for you.
Don't worry about whether or not it's painful don't worry about whether or not it's gonna look natural because it should do, the question that you should really be asking yourselves is 'is it safe?'.
A few months ago I did a video with a good friend of mine and Nadine Baggott and we did a video all about how you should pick your aesthetic injector.
We will make a link to that in the section below, and she asked me some really really insightful questions which patients often ask and I'm gonna just run through those again, maybe give a little bit more detail to you guys.
The first thing that she asked me was who should be injecting? I don't know about where you guys live but certainly in the UK we have an awful lot of people who aren't clinically qualified who are performing dermal filler injections and that's because here at least dermal fillers are classified as a medical device not as a drug, which would make them a little bit harder to get hold of.
You may have seen me talking last week about potential complications which can occur after you've had a dermal filler but it's kind of weird actually because it's a lot easier for people to obtain and inject dermal fillers themselves than it is to get hold of Botox so I always find that a little bit incongruent, but anyway that's the situation over here and as I said in the UK it's quite common for people who were not clinicians, that's doctors dentists and nurses, to be doing these injections.
In my opinion if I was going to have a procedure done I would definitely want to go to somebody who I knew would be able to appropriately manage any complication should they arise and also have the anatomical knowledge and clinical knowledge to be able to avoid the vast majority of those complications from happening in the first place.
Just as I wouldn't have a crack at cutting someone's hair because I don't have the appropriate experience to do so, I would really not suggest that you maybe go to your hairdresser or just some random person in the street to have a product injected into your face.
I mean come on guys think about it! It doesn't make any sense! I would also want to know how many times that person has done that particular procedure the results that you get are not going to be the same if you're say the first person that they've ever treated as opposed to somebody who has treated maybe 500 a thousand cases in the same way beforehand a lot of people particularly in aesthetics so doing procedures like Botox and fillers they will just kind of dabble in it a little bit and it really depends what you want from your result say you've got your wedding coming up and you need to find a makeup artist to do your wedding makeup you're gonna pick someone whom you haven't seen their work before they've never done a wedding before and you're not gonna have a trial of that makeup probably not so why would you do that for an injection which is going into your face oh and the best part about it is that actually not even a makeup artist the third thing which I think is really super important is that you know what product is being injected into your skin there are some amazing products out there which have got a brilliant proven track history of safety there pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical grade and they're ones which I would personally choose to have injected likewise there are products out there which are really really not so good which maybe have got a little bit of a sketchy safety profile things which I definitely would not choose to have injected into myself so again you got to think to yourself which one of these two products do I want to have put in do I wanna have the one which is known about and trusted maybe it's a little bit more expensive but that's why or I might gonna save a few quid and have slightly cheaper product injected mmm that has less of a great safety profile I'm not going to say that it's not safe but you know maybe it's got a few more complications associated with it of course you're gonna pick this one right and of course you should know what's been injected into your face it's your face after all you know what girls are like we know like the number of the the makeup brush that we're going to be using or like what's the the best base to use for this particular skin type like you should really know what is going to be going into your face and take ownership of that because what if you go to a different clinic and then the next person asks you okay great what did you have done before and then you don't know and kind of kicks off this whole circle of doubt so definitely when you're having something done make No put it in your phone take a picture of the box or something like that so that at least you've got a record of what injections you've had done you should definitely have a conversation as well about the side-effects that could potentially happen after you have this treatment done anybody who says that there are no side effects you should definitely 100% run a mile out of there because it's just not true like I keep alluding to you should definitely feel confident in their ability to be able to manage that particular side effect should it occur ideally as well you should have a follow-up appointment available to you at least in all likelihood you wouldn't need it but you don't want to feel like you're injector is gonna leave you high and dry if the worst comes to the worst and you do have a question a query or something occurs definitely don't be scared to ask questions when you go in for your appointment I love it when people ask me questions the deeper more probing and searching the better because to be honest it gives me the opportunity to show off a bit and who doesn't like doing that I think good ways to find out who might be a good fit for you inject wise it's maybe this meets your friends see who they have used in the past and if they were happy with their treatment of course it's a little bit difficult if your friends are not happy to talk about having these procedures done which i think is why we should really be a lot more open and honest about it because it shouldn't be this kind of shameful thing that you hide away you should be able to discuss these things with your friends or wise women and we always attacking each other for this I I think it's really interesting do you know what my actual top tip is when you're picking your injector my like number one the most important thing that you can look for if you're looking for a nice natural result and you're not too sure what to get it from is to speak to them about proportions and about beauty because then you'll have an idea of whether or not that person knows what they're talking about if they've just got some random course and maybe they've done a few lips they've done a few cheeks maybe they've done some nose to mouth lines doesn't mean that they understand the proportions of the face the golden ratio the fire ratio I know weirdly enough that's becoming a little bit on trendy right now but you have to know the rules before you can break them so see what they're doing in their practice are they using imaging software to have a look at the two sides of the face are they measuring you up appropriately to see where you can be taken a little bit closer to that idea of gold and proportion do they have this discussion with you I think that's probably the best way that you can identify the difference between somebody who's competent to inject and actually really really good at injecting there are various different methods that you can use to measure up someone's face and sometimes especially on Instagram they're kind of like waved a little bit in front of the patient like look waving some science over the patient's um yeah and it to me so the injector it just doesn't make any sense what they're doing but at least it's a good indicator that they at least know what they should be doing so I think you're probably safe with that group of people you know what guys I'd also want to look at the way that they look at me as a whole person like holistically so is it a bit of a conveyor belt are people in and out quickly or just that person really take the time to sit down with me find out what my goals and aspirations are and what my motivation is for seeking treatment because it's only by understanding why somebody is that in front of me in the first place that I can truly make a bespoke plan for them is it because they're dating for the first time in a long time is it because they want to look more corporate at work is it because they want to look less tired all that emotional staff is actually really really important in the way that I would treat that person so maybe see how they look at you as a person instead of just doing whatever treatment it is that you'd come in asking for if I just given them the treatment that they asked for they wouldn't get the outcome that they wanted so say for example I don't know they asked for a tear trough treatment which is something that I actually despise doing and what they're actually asking me most of the time is how can I look less tired so tired nurse is not just conveyed by the depth of the tear trough is conveyed by the position of the eyebrow by the tilts at the lateral part of the eye by the color of the skin around the eye by the quality of the skin around the eye by the position of the upper eyelid and it's only by understanding what it is that that person wants that I can really give them that it's not going to help if I inject the tear trough it won't necessarily make them look less tired and that's the difference guys that's the difference between as I said someone who's competent to inject and someone who's good at it and it's up to you to decide whether this person which is sat in front of you are you going to let them near you or not do they meet your expectations or not ultimately you're the only one who can decide what is important to you is it going to be price which is a motivator isn't going to be because I don't know maybe their Instagram pictures before and after were great is it going to be because they were close to you and it was convenient or is it going to be something else like the way that they make you feel or or the fact that they listen to you and took the time to appreciate really what it was that you wanted and you know I can't answer that question for you only you can answer that for yourselves okay guys so that's it for this week another heavy topic oh my god I need to do something like light and airy next week anyway I hope that you enjoyed the video if you have any further questions or comments please just let me know below and I'll them I'll definitely answer them for you in the meantime if you've enjoyed the video don't forget to hit that like button and if you haven't subscribed to the channel and please please please do so because otherwise you might miss a video I'll see you later.