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The importance of having a well-trained practitioner for non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures is definitely on the rise. As such, it is important that you are well-informed about the safety and experience of the practitioner.
The government has scarce provisions to monitor non-surgical cosmetic practice. Thus, it is up to the practitioner to have a good code of conduct, as recommended by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh after he had carried out his review in 2013 of the regulation of cosmetic interventions. In this blog, I am referring to non-surgical cosmetic procedures which include, typically, dermal fillers, Botox and lasers.
Dermal fillers are used in the treatment of tear trough hollowing and dark circles under the eyes (TearFill). They are also used to plump up the cheek area, temples and work around the mouth and the lips, to re-volumise and rejuvenate the face.
As an oculoplastic surgeon, I regularly do tear trough treatment via a single port entry in the upper outer cheek using Restylane. That particular filler has been well established for several years. The early side effects of Tyndall blue colouration and migration have largely disappeared with increased skill after having done over 400 patients.
Restylane can also be used for medical rehabilitation following:

  • stroke
  • facial palsy
  • facial asymmetry
  • lipodystrophy
  • facial atrophy, to help raise the lower lids in lower lid sagging and to fill depressions after trauma.

The psychological benefit of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, whether done for cosmetic or for functional purposes, is well recognised. It is important to have a qualified practitioner carry out non-surgical procedures, who has done training courses, has experience, and can manage potential complications. Around the eyes, the oculoplastic surgeon can do this.


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