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Avoiding The Discount Trap

I will be the first to admit that I love a good bargain, who doesn’t.  Over the last few years I have had cosmetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections from wonderful doctors in Perth and overseas as well as laser, IPL and other dermal therapies, however I have never been tempted at the deals floating around offering discounted cosmetic treatments. Why? Because I simply don’t trust them.

The cosmetic medical industry is competitive and clients are spoilt for choice in who they decide to see for treatment of their wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns. Discounted treatments are one of many marketing tools clinics and practitioners use to attract new clients. I am a firm believer that this is a slippery slope right to the bottom. Shopping around for aesthetic procedures  is not like shopping for a new ipad or pair of shoes. When it comes to MEDICAL procedures,  offering discount specials or ‘Scoupon’ deals on wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers is irresponsible.

"When it comes to your face, your body and your health I am a strong believer that we should invest and use high quality, evidence based and safe products or procedures"

As a potential client you should be assertive and know EXACTLY what a doctor (or in some cases a nurse) is injecting into your face and you should ALWAYS have a consultation with a doctor before any treatment is performed.  You should be offered all available treatment modalities and work with the doctor in establishing a treatment plan tailored to your individual concerns and desired outcome.

During my training in aesthetics I have come to realise that not everything is in my scope of practice . For example I love to use dermal fillers for facial contouring and volume replacement however if a patient were seeking a non-surgical option from myself and I felt that the condition of their skin may be such that a mini-lift ( a surgical procedure) would be their best option both in terms of results and longevity, I would then refer on to a surgeon rather than pocket my client's hard earned dollars by performing a procedure I know wont have the best aesthetic results.

Think about those clinics that offer a deal of ‘$x for area x” how do you know how much wrinkle relaxer you are getting? In order to cover costs the amount of wrinkle relaxer for treatment of this area would have been pre-defined. Thus you could be getting very under treated (not enough units to have an effect) or if you only had very mild dynamic lines you could be getting over treated and walk out with a frozen expression. There is a big difference in the amount of wrinkle relaxer needed in a 25 year old woman versus a 65 year old man. One of my lovely clients I saw the other day was only 6 weeks post wrinkle relaxer treatment and it had already worn off! This is because she purchased a set amount of units which was half of what was required to perform a full treatment. With the correct amount of wrinkle relaxer her results would have lasted over 4 months.  

Have a look at my last blog post to learn about wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers.

"Always ask what product is being used and in what amount"

It is also illegal in Australia for clinics and practitioners to offer time limited 'specials' for medical treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers. Do you want to be associated with a clinic that doesn't even have the due diligence to understand regulation and needs to discount treatments to get you through the door?

So a few pieces of advice, if you find yourself tempted with a deal from a medispa or a clinic for wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers just ask yourself two questions:

1.     Is there a doctor on the premises. A doctor needs to prescribe the treatment however this does not mean they are present during your consultation. If there is no doctor on site I would see this as a HUGE red flag. These are medical procedures and although complications are rare, I would not feel comfortable knowing there is not a doctor nearby.

2.      If there is a doctor present or administering the procedures, what are their qualifications? The laws in Australia are quite variable in regards to post graduate specialist training for cosmetic medicine. I actually trained in anti-wrinkle injections when I was an intern (baby doctor only a few months out of medical school) and there was nothing stopping me opening my own clinic and administering these procedures with little more than a few hours training. Yikes! Luckily I was not comfortable with this and have undergone years of training both formally and informally with local and international injectors. I would suggest asking what training your injector has had, and if they are a member of a specialist college or organization. Again for peace of mind and a knowledge you are in safe hands with a doctor who is trained and passionate about facial aesthetics. Not just a doctor performing these treatments as a money spinner because they know how to use a needle.

Here at Dr Kate Aesthetics we pride ourselves on transparency, honesty and trust.

You will walk out of your consultation with a defined treatment plan, knowing how much product was used and how much you will require in the future, both in regards to wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers.

Dr Kate x