When done correctly, injections such as BOTOX®or JUVÉDERM®, can help rejuvenate your appearance. Unfortunately, when done incorrectly or under bad conditions, they can make you look worse, or even cause medical complications. When choosing a med spa for your injections, it is essential to find a safe and licensed facility that you feel comfortable with. Here are a few red flags that should send you searching for another option.
Red Flag #1: Dirty Facility
The facility isn’t clean. If you notice that surfaces aren’t clean, the areas look messy, or things just don’t look sanitary, turn around and walk right out the door. While injectables are a safe treatment option, they must be performed in a clean and sanitary environment to reduce the risk of complications.
Red Flag #2: Reused Needles
You do not see the person open a fresh needle. While this may seem like common sense, you would be amazed at how many low quality med spa facilities attempt to reuse needles. This can expose you to infection and conditions such as hepatitis and HIV. As they prepare your injection, make sure they are opening up a new needle!!
Red Flag #3: No License
Injections require a licensed practitioner. If the facility cannot provide you with proof of license, just say no. Chances are they are not experienced enough to give you a safe injection that will deliver the results you are looking for. In addition to a license, it is a good idea to find a med spa that specializes in facial injections in order to receive the results you desire.
Red Flag #4: Extremely Low Cost
While everyone searches for a bargain, facial injections are not areas where you want to go cheap. Remember the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Shop around and find out the average injection price in your area. If a facility is charging way below the average rate, chances are this is the place to stay away from.
Red Flag #5: No One Asks Your Medical History
While injectables are a low risk procedure, it is still considered a medical procedure and our medical history should be taken into account. Personal medical history like allergies, muscle and nerve conditions, as well as any possible trouble swallowing and whether you take blood thinners are all things that should be discussed before an injection. If the facility doesn’t seem interested in your medical history, it may be time to look somewhere else.
While injectables are considered low risk, your safety is the priority. Finding the right med spa facility and avoiding these bad signs will help reduce your risk of complications and help you achieve the results you are hoping for.