Medical aesthetics procedures have become so mainstream, that clients often forget these are medical procedures. There is very little regulation in this industry but policy makers are starting to look into this. Too often we see individuals working solo , claiming to be skilled in providing treatments , but have little to no training , and by no means are they medically supervised .

Years of experience doesn’t necessarily mean that a provider is skilled at what they do. Nor does having extensive qualifications and certification guarantee results . However , at the very least , it shows that the provider is likely interested in staying current and learning new procedures , techniques and client safety concerns while providing excellent service. When you pick a provider , they should comfortably be able to answer your questions without feeling defensive. They should be able to show you their credentials /certificates . Most reputable establishments would display credentials on the wall/in treatment rooms.

Your provider should have formal training in skin care, infection control . anatomy, general medicine and dermatology . You might ask why ? Aesthetic procedures are medical procedures. You wouldn’t go to a non trained physician to get a skin mole surgically removed , so your face is no different. In many countries , including Canada , a new cosmetic client , must first be examined by a physician. The first time you receive any new treatment , a medical doctor needs to examine you and go over history , contraindications to treatment and informed consent. There are certain medical conditions (ie. active infection, active cancer or uncontrolled diabetes, pregnancy and nursing) that would exclude you from having certain procedures. Your treatment provider should know this . However , you , as the patient need to know your medical history and be open with disclosure . Also, if there are changes to your medical history , or a new treatment plan is being proposed, you should see the doctor supervising the procedure .

With any medical procedure , whether it’s getting a root canal or dermal filler , there are associated risks . Your health care provider needs to have policies in place to appropriately identify and manage any concerns. You should be able to reach your health care provider or a substitute caregiver should any concerns arise. This is why caution should be taken if you are getting treatment from someone who doesn’t have a physical treatment office or you don’t have current contact information.

For those who choose to go to established medical facilities for procedures, you might wonder why someone would compromise their health and safety . The reasons are many . However , most commonly it is because clients honestly didn’t know better , and because they were trying to save money.

There are many great facilities to choose from and it’s your choice . These services are routinely non insured. With these points in mind , please choose wisely.