Risks

All surgically invasive and non-invasive treatments for facial rejuvenation have associated risks and complications. It is imperative for anyone considering facial rejuvenation treatment to do their research and properly due diligence before agreeing to go ahead with any suggested therapy. At Facelab, we recommend that alternative opinions are sought from suitably qualified practitioners before the commencement of treatment.

It is also important not to assume that the practitioner or clinician you are seeing is suitably qualified and trained to perform the treatment you are about to receive. A wide spectrum of skills and experience exists amongst those people offering facial rejuvenation treatments. In Victoria and New South Wales (Australia), there is no current regulations or Act of parliament describing who can and cannot operate a medical laser device and that is frightening.

Facelab clinics are operated and supported by registered Dental Surgeons. These dentists have undergone extensive university educations and have an unparalleled knowledge of facial anatomy. In addition to this, the staff at Facelab have all been trained and certified in laser safety with the World renowned Ms Trudy Fleming of ‘Fleming Laser’ and obtained ‘Laser Safety Officer’ certification in accordance with the Australian Safety Standards.

Horrific complications can occur when facial rejuvenation treatments are poorly performed. To avoid these and minimise the risks, Facelab clinicians take thorough medical histories, medication histories and a history of past rejuvenation treatments and experiences. Strangely enough, it is also important to assess the racial profile and background of a prospective client as this can influence the type of treatments recommended. This is something done routinely by the staff in dental clinics, so to the describing of treatments in detail with our clients including a discussion of the risk of adverse treatment outcomes…… only then are clients in a position to make an informed decision as to their treatment.

So when considering facial rejuvenation treatments, we recommend enquiring as to the qualification and training of the people performing your treatments and ask the following questions.

What are their qualifications?
How much experience do they have?
Do they have ‘Laser Safety’ certification?
Do they have first aid and resuscitation equipment on premises?
What are the risks?
Which products are being using?
How long will the treatment last?

At Facelab we have found that a wide variety of Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers exist and it is misleading of some shopping strip beauty clinics and big chain clinics to quote prices in dollars per unit or ‘mills’ (ml) of filler in their advertising and promotional material.

The following is a list of some adverse outcomes of facial rejuvenation treatments:
• Inflammation and blistering
• Burns (superficial & full skin thickness)
• Infections
• Allergic reactions
• Hyperpigmentation (undesirable skin darkening) and hypopigmentation (loss of skin colour)
• Skin texture changes
• Undesirable temporary paralysis
• Scarring
• Retinal damage and blindness
• Bruising and haemorrhage etc.