Who is performing your injections?
While The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regulates and monitors Ontario physicians who perform injectable treatments, there is no board in place to regulate any other individual performing these treatments. A recent CBC report emphasized not only the dangers of unregulated and unlicensed individuals performing these treatments, but also revealed disturbing cases where these individuals were administering questionable product that was not directly obtained from the manufacturer and therefore could have been tampered with.
As a classified drug with Health Canada, misuse of Botox is considered a contravention of the Food and Drugs Act. The results of pursuing a ‘quick fix’ or the least expensive option can be damaging.
Before you say ‘yes’ to injections, ensure your safety by determining if your choice of injector meets the following criteria.
Will you be seeing a licensed physician?
In Ontario, only physicians registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario are able to prescribe Botox and injectable fillers. Refer to the College of Physicians website at www.cpso.on.ca Use the ‘Doctor Search’ in order to determine if you will be seeing a licensed physician. Some clinics use highly trained nurse injectors once the patient has been seen in consult by the physician and has been approved for the requested injection. The CPSO requires that the physician assess the patient in consult and delegate the injection to a qualified nurse. The physician remains medically responsible for the care and follow-up of the patient and the quality of the service performed.
Is the price right?
There are times when things really are too good to be true. If the Botox or injectable filler product you are being offered is significantly less expensive than the market standard, there may be chance you are not receiving exactly what you are asking for. Ask to see the products packaging. If this is met with objection, you may want to reconsider your decision.
What kind of experience does the physician have?
Determine how long the physician has been performing these injections. Any physician whose practice is solely focused on medical aesthetic procedures will likely have invested plenty of time, training, and money in equipment in order to properly provide various cosmetic treatments. Experience, along with an in depth understanding of human anatomy and aesthetics are the hallmarks of a good injector.
Plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic procedures are uniquely trained to have an enhanced understanding of aesthetic balance and symmetry. They often have a better understanding of the current cultural aesthetic ideal in terms of facial appearance. It is common to find specially trained, experienced nurses performing injections in plastic surgeons’ offices, rather than the physician themselves. These nurses can only inject under the physician’s order, so if you’ve chosen a facility where you have not seen a physician for a consultation, ask for the name of their Medical Director.
Have you signed informed consent and had pre-treatment photographs taken?
Any properly run facility will require you to complete an informed consent form and have pre-treatment photographs taken prior to having injections of Botox or injectable filler. Far too often, individuals pursue the most convenient, least expensive option rather than the safest or most trusted. In visiting an accredited facility, you are ensuring that any complications that may arise will be dealt with both properly and in a timely fashion.
Are all injectors created equal?
Achieving facial “harmony” is dependent on the injector having distinct knowledge of proportion, balance and symmetry. Plastic surgeons are the only medical specialists who are specifically trained to identify and achieve facial proportions that enhance an individual’s appearance. Our extensive experience enable us to optimize the aesthetic improvement with the use of various injectable filler products available today. Using these, along with paralytic agents such as Botox and Xeomin, our injectors are able to achieve the desired aesthetic outcomes for patients based on their individual facial characteristics.
Most physicians tend to use injectable hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane. Only the most experienced physician injectors are able to offer advanced treatments such as Sculptra, Selphyl and Radiesse, which work to actually restore your own collagen in the treated areas.
SKIN MediSpa medical staff include…
- The only trained and authorized injector of Sculptra, Selphyl and Radiesse in Northern Ontario.
- A Physician Trainer for Medicis, distributor of Restylane and Perlane
- A Physician Trainer for Merz, distributor of Radiesse and Xeomin (Botox alternative)
- Expert Injector endorsement by Allergan, distributor of Botox, Juvederm, and Juvederm Ultra
- A member of the Valeant Advisory Panel for Selphyl
- A member of the Special Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to set standards for accreditation guidelines for private surgical centers (OHPs)
Since opening its doors in 2005, SKIN MediSpa has provided over 11, 000 injections. You can trust our unmatched blend of experience, expertise and knowledge to provide dramatic improvements to your appearance without surgery.