There are a few things in life that you should never bargain shop for; toilet paper, rosé, and.. your face! It may seem like a given but it can be tempting to look for a discounted alternative for things that feel like big purchases such as a facial, cosmetic treatments or good skincare products.
Non-Approved Injectable Fillers
It is terrifying for me to learn that there are non-approved injectable fillers from overseas being sold on amazon. Even scarier, people actually use them on themselves in their home or on others!! There could literally be anything in those syringes.
Not only is this extremely dangerous, careless, and in my opinion reckless, BUT believe it or not there is a very good reason provider of FDA approved injectables have to be licensed medical professionals and that reason is patient safety. I mean, after all, I didn’t go to school for 7 years just for fun and to rack up some student loans.
What you have to keep in mind is that getting these treatments or products from a clinic will always be more expensive because they have regulated ingredients and you’re paying for an educated and trained nurse/tech etc. to administer the treatments.
I see people probably a few times per month who come in from a different ‘experience’ for a reversal or fix. I see uneven lips, drooping eyes, over-paralyzed muscles, it’s not cute!
Home Botox Parties are a Hard No
So you’re thinking about going to a home Botox party…how do you know the qualifications of your injector? Is he or she licensed and certified? Years of experience? How many continuing education classes have they gone to as an investment in their technique? Better yet, how do you know if you’re not their first patient, at their first-ever party? Does the injector at this party injecting Botox/filler keep Hyaluronidase (to reverse filler) on hand in case of an emergency?!
An experienced provider knows what ingredients are in the serums/fillers, best practice for administration and importantly, what to do if anything goes wrong. You could have a reaction ranging from a rash to bumps to swelling to, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. Could you imagine if that happened when you were in sometime’s home getting Botox?!
The thing is, as the client/patient, you probably don’t know what questions you should be asking and it isn’t really your job to spend 8 hours researching when you just want some darn Botox! Of course, doing a bit of research is important but it’s not your job to learn what each ingredient is and what ingredients can be red flags.
What you REALLY Pay For When You Are Paying for Fillers
When you have a cosmetic treatment done you are not just paying for the product. You are paying for a medical professional’s talent, skill, and artistry and most importantly you are paying to be injected by someone who has your safety and best interest at heart. To get specific we, as nurses, are trained to identify and manage complications including health concerns, and medications contraindications or lifestyle factors that might affect how your body reacts to the treatment. We learn all of this in our 7 years of Nurse Practitioner school plus additional courses for injecting, and additional courses for cosmetic treatments. Thousands of dollars worth of education.
I would consider myself a very well tenured injector (ahem, 10 years of experience), and I would never go into a situation without an emergency plan in place. It’s things like these most consumers are unaware of.
One of the main concerns I hear from patients coming in for a treatment is, “I don’t want to look like plastic”, or “I don’t want it to look over-done”. Well, I can promise you that there is a way better chance this will happen from an inexperienced injector. They are so many things to consider when administering botox or fillers; the shape and anatomy of the face, the position of the eyebrows, the thickness of the skin. I could write a list of 100 things but I think you get the point.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had patients come in desperate for help to correct a botched “deal.” In the end, the patient ended up paying twice as much for correction with twice the downtime and added stress & heartache!
So I’d be very very careful about who you choose to take care of your face. I highly advise against the Groupons or home parties. As the old saying goes, if it’s too good to be true… it is. In my personal experience that’s exactly what most of these situations end up becoming. The patient ends up with unsatisfactory or underwhelming results and worst-case scenario…complications. The truth is that there are serious risks and complications that can arise from injections and that is why you ALWAYS want to seek treatment from an experienced professional in an appropriate and sterile environment.
I’m here if you have questions and always available for an appointment for a consultation if you need some help!
I absolutely love what I do for a living and just like you, I want your face to be perfect and when you look in the mirror I want you to be the happiest person on planet earth!