When it comes to tweakments (non-invasiive aesthetic procedures) fillers are my top choice. I don’t think there’s anything else that can provide such a good and lasting result with practically no downtime. However, there can be a negative side to using fillers and the potential problems need pointing out.
The biggest risk is disfigurement and infection which comes from using cheap, unbranded filler and being injected by someone who has had no medical training. Claire Coleman has written an in-depth investigation about this HERE. Obviously, the way to avoid such horror is to be treated only by a medically trained professional in a clinic setting.
There’s also the more ambiguous issue of woman having fillers at a young age. Though I think a strong case can be made for using filler to correct a feature that’s affecting confidence I’m not very comfortable with young women having filler to give themselves the generic Kardashian look. My view is that it’s best not to start treating your face too early and it’s my intention that the advice in this post is for those over forty.
One of the big concerns women have is that they’ll end up looking puffy and weird. This is something I can completely relate to as it’s what happened the first time I had filler. It was about 3 years ago and I was left looking extremely overfilled and feeling exploited. I was in the process of losing weight at the time and any ethically minded doctor would not have used filler until my weight was stable. That wasn’t the only issue I had with the cosmetic doctor that treated me but it was the most fundamental one. It was through this experience that I learned how aesthetic procedures shouldn’t be done – an informal, no-detail consultation, non-standardised ‘before’ pictures, a pushy manner etc.
As I was unhappy with the results and had lost trust with cosmetic doctor I’d seen I went to PHI Clinic for corrective work. It’s here that I’ve learned how aesthetic procedures should be carried out and how good the results can be. I now see PHI’s Medical Director, Dr Patel and, at the risk of being overly gushy, I think he’s absolutely brilliant at what he does. He combines artistry with integrity which is exactly what you need in a cosmetic doctor.
As well as seeing patients, Dr Patel is also an Allergan Key Opinion Leader and Trainer. Allergan is the maker of Juvederm fillers which are one of the best-accredited brands and are most widely used by the top doctors. It’s probably worth pointing out that it wasn’t Juverderm that was used when I had my bad experience.
In part 2 I’ll be writing about how to find a doctor, the importance of a thorough consultation and how fillers can give a transformative result.
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