The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has provided the following list of questions and tips to help prospective patients make informed decisions about medical treatments to be performed in a non-medical. We sometimes by the desire to look good and get carried away by any friend, we came to any doctor to do us any work. Think you might be risking not only your appearance but your health.
1. Is the Aesthetic Center or Spa located within a medical office?
Although problems are rare, it is important to have medical personnel available if a problem occurs.
2. Is the Aesthetic Center or Spa located outside of a medical office, for example, a shopping center?
If so, ask the name of the physician responsible for oversight and when they are availablefor consultation or questions prior to any treatment. Also ask about the training of all staff.
3. Does your Aesthetic Center or Your SPA have a doctor who can help in determining your goals, provide a treatment plan and direct your care?
What are the credentials of the doctor who supervises the treatment of Cosmetic Centeror Spa?
Procedures injections, lasers and peels are administered under the supervision of acertified plastic surgeon [or dermatologist]. Physicians in other specialties, are designated as “medical aesthetic medicine” and may lack the comprehensive training that is needed. Just go to see an allergist if you have a baby, his interest is to have a doctor who specializes in plastic surgery and dermatological care in cosmetic medical procedures.
4. Who performs the injections?
No health unlicensed person, doctor or nurse should perform this medical procedure.
5. How effective are facial injectables and what is the right product for me?
6. Is the product approved by the FDA or the drug and health agency in your country? Are you approved for this use?
If the supplier refuses or fails to directly answer this question, do not continue with treatment. Do not be afraid to ask to see the manufacturer’s label for any injectable product.
7. Can a drug, a filler, or a device be used for a purpose other than that which was originallyapproved?
In the U.S., FDA regulations do not prohibit doctors from prescribing drugs, fillers or devices for other uses than those originally approved. Good medical practice and patientinterests require that physicians use drugs, biologics and devices according to their best knowledge and judgment. If physicians use a product for an unapproved indication on the label, have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about the product, and to base due totheir use for scientific and medical evidence, and must fully inform the patient that theproduct is being used “interchangeably” and keep records of product use and effects.
8. Can injections be final and avoid the need for a face lift in the future?
In most cases injectables are temporary solutions and do not replace long-term results of surgery.
9. Have you been fully informed of the possible benefits and side effects of the proposed treatment and possible options?
All questions have been answered fully aware of the risks and benefits of surgery?
All medical procedures, either injections or surgery carry some risk. If you are not fullyinformed of all risks and post-treatment situation, find another provider.
10. What can I expect from my medical procedure?
Discuss your expectations with your provider. If unqualified promises 100% success, you should not continue with the procedure.
A qualified doctor can give an adequate review after the procedure. Be sure to ask this question before the injection or treatment.
Have you been told you have financial responsibility for any revisions or if complications arise?
Remember, when it comes to getting the care safer with the best results, do not be afraid to ask too many questions or questions that make seem stupid.