Top Questions in Cosmetic Procedures
With so many new medical aesthetic treatments options coming to the Canadian Market, and more on the horizon, all the options can be welcoming yet very confusing to the general public. The fact is that products vary significantly in what they are made of, how they work, where they are used, and how much experience a doctor may have with a certain product. Dr. David Ellis a facial plastic surgeon in Toronto works very closely with the makers of Botox and Juvederm and can answer these questions in person and others should they arise. Here Canada’s leading medical aesthetic physicians answer common questions to help provide education and promote patient safety in a crowded market.
1. Are medical aesthetic treatments really safe?
Many of these treatments are prescription products and need to be treated as such. Making a decision on what treatment to get is not the same a picking an anti-aging cream or a new lipstick, for example. Medical aesthetic treatments have different chemical formulations, manufacturing processes, dosing guidelines and safety profiles and so it is important to learn about treatment facts. Patients need to ask themselves some important questions: What is the safety record of this product? What is the approved use for the product? How well-researched is the product? What is my desired effect? Efficacy, safety, science and patient satisfaction are important considerations when choosing a medical aesthetic injectable, for example. The products that Dr. David Ellis make available to his patients at Art of Facial Surgery has been studied and has peer reviews to show its safety and effaces.
2. What are the questions women should ask their physicians?
As important as researching into different treatments is choosing the physician. Patients should ask their physician about his or her qualifications, including how long he or she has been injecting that particular product, and how many patients they have treated with it. They should ask their physician to show them the injectable treatment he or she will be using to ensure they are getting the treatment they’ve requested. Also, it is important that patients share their medical history with the treating physician.
3. How can woman help ensure they are going to have a positive treatment experience?
Before getting any medical aesthetic injectable treatment, patients need to follow the ABCs of patient safety: Ask about the treatment facts; Be aware of the treatment you are getting, where you are getting it and by whom; and always get a medical Consultation with a physician. As per the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, it is a standard of practice for the patients to see their physician in a medical consultation if the treatment is to be performed by the medical aesthetician or nurse. Dr. David Ellis or his associate is readily available for a consultation prior the patients treatments.
For more information or for a consultation with Dr. Ellis please call 416.229.1050