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22 Sep 2017

How to stay safe with Botox and dermal fillers

Currently in Ireland, non-surgical cosmetic procedures like botulinum toxin injections (Botox) and dermal fillers are almost completely unregulated and unaccountable.

As the campaign group Save Face points out on its website, someone having these procedures has no more protection, by law, than someone buying a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush.

There’s an increasing trend of unqualified practitioners operating in unsterile locations. Some beauticians visit their customers’ homes to perform injections in their kitchens, and one unscrupulous man set up a Botox clinic in his garden shed.

Adverse reactions from dermal fillers can range from lumps under the skin, where the filler has been injected into the wrong area, to swelling or necrosis, where tissue begins to die.

On top of the physical pain and deformity, victims of botched facial aesthetics can experience emotional distress, feeling worse about themselves than before, with even lower self-esteem.

When corners are cut, through lack of training, poor standards, cheap materials and inappropriate conditions, the person who ends up paying the price is always the patient.

That’s why we urge anyone thinking about getting facial aesthetics to take their time when choosing a provider. Don’t just go on price, try to get a sense of the practitioner’s credentials and experience.

Anyone providing facial aesthetics in a dental practice will be meeting strict compliance rules on keeping their surgery sterile, and if they are a dentist you can be sure they are a registered and qualified health professional with years of experience at administering facial injections.

As they meet strict compliance in their dental treatments, they will already have all the necessary paperwork in place to protect you from undue risk and harm.

In the right hands the results of non-surgical cosmetic treatments can be really positive, restoring a more youthful appearance, and delivering subtle enhancements that make you look better and help you feel better too.

At Pembroke Dental we have a fantastic facial aesthetics team led by Ramona Palos. She trained at Carlow IT before working at the nationally renowned Dundrum Laser Clinic in Dublin and she has qualifications from the International Therapy Examination Council in:

  • Laser and IPL treatments
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body treatments
  • Skincare and facial treatments

Ramona is recognised as an aesthetician by CIDESCO (Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie) and has a diploma for training with Candela Pro laser.

Our principal dentist Brenda Barrett also performs facial aesthetics for our patients. She has more than 20 years of experience in giving injections and has undertaken training in wrinkle reduction injections.

Here at Pembroke Dental you’re in safe hands. If you have any questions or concerns about non-surgical cosmetic treatments, get in touch with us for a chat, and please stay safe.

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