Expert Advice about Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures are gaining increasing popularity. So much so, that experts say in 10 to 20 years time it will be like “going to the dentist or having a haircut,” as explored in LifeStyle YOU's documentary Plastic Fantastic

In a recent survey by global pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis of more than 1000 Australians 30 and older, half the women and one-third of men surveyed said they would consider having non-surgical procuedures in the next 12 months. And it’s a multi-million dollar industry.

Are you considering have cosmetic procedures done or simply curious to find out more? Read these top tips from one of Australia’s leading cosmetic physicians, Dr Tass Tasiopoulos, first.


* Patients seeking cosmetic procedures should only see experienced and qualified cosmetic physicians and surgeons or medically supervised qualified nurses. This is essential as it will minimise risks associated with procedures and ensures that the highest and best standards are achieved.

* Prior to undertaking any cosmetic procedure patients should ensure that they have a clear understanding of the full costs associated with that procedure - including theatre fees or costs of subsequent visits.

* In Australia there are two brands of Botulinum Toxin that are used for cosmetic procedures -Botox, and Dysport. Many doctors believe that there are significant differences between these two products, specifically in how effective they are in the removal of wrinkles and the duration of their affect. These two products differ in cost and patients should also be aware that prices vary significantly between doctor and clinics - try to compare apples with apples. That is, ask your cosmetic doctor what he charges per unit and how many units of botox they have used in total.

* Backyard Botox injectors or Botox Parties:
Patients are often attracted to 'botox parties' for a number of reasons - the convenience of the location, often being a friend’s house or the security of having friends around in a 'fun' enviroment, or even the impression that they are receiving a 'discounted ' treatment . Often alcohol is served to the attendants and a peer group enviroment may evolve encouraging rash decisions.

People should be aware that cosmetic procedures, including botox, can be dangerous when standards are compromised and safe and sterile practices are not strictly followed. One should ensure that their cosmetic doctor provides these core requirements
- a sterile clinical setting where a proper and thorough assesment of the face is performed
- a clear discussion of complications
- medical equipment is on hand to deal with any emergency.

• 'Beautification' should generally be every cosmetic doctor’s goal. With facial cosmetic treatments this does not necessarily require the removal of every wrinkle on the face. An experienced doctor will use the tools at his disposal, including botox, fillers and at times even surgery to create a face that has symmetry and balance. Removal of all wrinkles does not always result in a more beautiful end result. In fact, with facial cosmetic treatments 'less' is very often 'more'.

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