Hyaluronic acid fillers, bio-revitalizing substances, botulinum toxin. The fact that treatments are fashionable doesn’t mean one should take them lightly. Always turn to a specialist doctor.

When we talk about injections, we often refer to corrective and anti-aging treatments: hyaluronic acid fillers, bio-revitalizing substances, bo-tulinum toxin. The phenomenon, needless to say, is now extremely fa-shionable, but this doesn’t mean we should have these treatments done as easily as if you were buying a new handbag or pair of shoes. First of all, the term “face injections” understates the seriousness and importan-ce of these treatments, which are not only exclusively medical, but even reserved to specialist doctors and experts of the field. In fact, in order for an injective treatment to be safe and deliver the desired results, a tho-rough medical knowledge of the skin and, above all, of the anatomy of the site where the injection is performed is required.

Certainly, dermatologists have a particularly appropriate knowledge to this regard (he/she is a specialist with the most extensive education, training and experience on maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails). However there are other medical specialists who, with the proper learn-ing and training, can also be excellent injectors. If these requirements aren’t fulfilled, complications are frequent, which in turn require a very experienced doctor to treat them.

The main complications are infectious (especially if asepsis is lacking when performing treatments), vascular (accidental injection into a blood vessel with consequences as serious as tissue necrosis, even at a di-stance from the injection site), inflammatory, allergic but also aesthetic (for example, when the correction is exaggerated or doesn’t respect the patient’s appearance or aesthetic standards)

In listing these risks we refer especially to non-medical figures who un-fortunately improvise by performing injections in inadequate environ-ments with little preparation (these events hit the news way too often for comfort). But then how can one reliably choose a professional and treatment? Since the results depend largely on the skills and experience of the person performing the procedure, it’s important to choose a certi-fied doctor. Before undergoing any injection procedure, make enquiries and have an interview with the doctor who will perform it.

What are his/her credentials? What training did they follow? Usually doctors display their degree and specialization certificates in their office, but if these aren’t on view you can also look up his/her titles on the web-site of the National Federation of Physicians and Dentists, simply by en-tering the doctor’s personal data. Even the environment in which the vi-sits take place is quite important: a clean and tidy (not necessarily luxu-rious) study suggests that the specialist will also have the same care for his patients. The interview should examine in depth all the aspects rela-ting first to safety and then to effectiveness.

What are the risks (remember that the risk is never zero) and what re-sults can be expected? In this regard, always be sure to carefully read and sign the informed consent form. Additionally, doctors often keep before/after photos of the treatments they perform: seeing them helps them study aspects related to efficacy and, if necessary, reduce patient expectations. Another important suggestion is to not put economic con-venience first: safe injectable products are often expensive and the price of a treatment cannot fall below certain values without penalizing the quality of the result.

A dermatologist, or at least a trained specialist doctor, can tell if the pro-cedure will provide the desired results, based on skin conditions, overall health and age. Undergoing an injection procedure is not just about ap-pearance and convenience. First of all it is about health and safety.

Article of  Dr Adele Sparavigna for https://4me.styl