Having a bit of “tweaking” is nothing to be ashamed of – if it makes you feel more confident and enhances how fabulous you already are – go for it.
But, I’m a big believer in less is more and properly investing in and researching anyone who is going to go anywhere near my face with a needle.
So meeting Amish Patel, founder of the Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic in Kent, couldn’t have been more reassuring. He’s an “aesthetic artist” and trainer and is known all over the U.K. for delivering beautiful, subtle results without the need for surgery.
Amish trained at the Royal College Of General Practitioners and just by chatting to him, both on zoom and in-person to “iron out” some forehead wrinkles, you can tell he knows his stuff – to the point where he advised me against getting anti-wrinkle injections around my eyes as he was sure it wouldn’t work. To me, that said quality as many practitioners will try and sell you as many treatments as possible.
With the internet and market flooded with “too good to be true” offers of injectables and bargain treatments, it can be tempting to save money by going down that route. Because let’s be honest, cosmetic work isn’t cheap. You’re looking at a few hundred pounds per session and if you need topping up regularly, that’s a lot of money.
So it’s really important to know what you’re looking for – once that filler is in, it’s tricky to get it out again. And if you’re new to cosmetic work, it can be overwhelming deciding what’s right for you. So here’s a list of handy dos and don’ts from our expert that will help you on your way.
DO make sure your practitioner is experienced and reputable
Amish says: “People often don’t realise that our sector is largely unregulated, which means that anyone can legally provide injectable treatments. This means that the person administering your treatment may not have the training, experience or expertise to not only undertake that procedure but also have the knowledge of the risks or complications which can arise from a lack of understanding relating to the vascular structure of the face.
“And, while Botox is a prescription-only medicine, dermal fillers currently require no prescription. In effect, this means they can legally be dispensed and carried out by anyone without any need for qualifications or professional registration. The best advice I can give is to do your research and take your time when considering aesthetic work.
“Remember, your face is an integral part of your being, so choose an aesthetics’ artist who understands their client and the canvas we work on.”
DON’T be tempted by “two for one” deals
“It’s human nature to be drawn to a bargain. However, when it comes to aesthetics, you need to look at the credentials of the individual and practice, beyond the cost.
“I’m a member of the ACE Group (Aesthetic Complications Expert) so every time a client sits in our treatment chair, they can be confident they are investing wisely in themselves thanks to our expertise, investment in training, experience and skill.
“If the price or offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. One of my favourite sayings is that you are not paying for the ml, but the skill!”
DON’T go for the “share a vial with a friend” option
“We have heard of practitioners offering ‘share a vial with a friend’ as a cost-cutting measure. Sharing vials and needles present a severe health hazard. They can spread blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. We prepare everything in front of our clients during their appointment, including needle and product preparation, to ensure each client is confident in our hygiene standards.”
DO book a consultation first
“Always book a consultation to discuss your areas of concern and desired outcome. Ask for proof of qualifications and their experience and ask to see examples of their recent client work if needs be. If you feel uncomfortable or uncertain, don’t book an appointment for treatment. You should feel 100% confident and reassured in their ability before you commit or spend any money.
“There should never be any costly surprises.”
DO book with a practitioner that uses a clinical setting
Our treatment rooms are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned in between clients, and we have access to medical supplies should these ever be required. Having an aesthetic treatment administered in your home or someone’s spare bedroom does not provide the same clinical environment or standard.
“Ultimately, your face is a fundamental part of you and an integral part of your confidence. Choose someone who understands this and listens to you.”
All images courtesy of Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic