It’s something we have discussed frequently: the rise of injectable treatments due to social media, celebrities, and the millennial generation in general. Injections such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin and dermal fillers are becoming more and more popular and the stigma behind them is decreasing.
A large trend we are starting to see is the “Injection Bar” or salons that are opening up across the country that offer “shots” of neurotoxins or dermal fillers. Similar to the Dry Bars that have become insanely popular, these “Injection Bars” offer a one-stop shop for Americans who are constantly seeking convenience in their busy lives. While the concept aims at making injections a normal, everyday procedure and offers an alternative for busy professionals, there are some things to be aware of.
- Patients need to ensure that the person injecting them is certified and properly trained in the specific injectables. While any medical provider can legally wield a syringe, you want to be certain that the practitioner you choose is specifically certified and trained to inject cosmetic injectables. There can be serious complications if an injection is not administered properly.
- Every patient is different and no treatment is a one-size fits all. There are a number of injectable products on the market and each one is a bit different. The same holds true with your patients, they are all a bit different. The consultation is one of the most important aspects of treatment. The consultation is when an injector can discuss and set realistic expectations. It’s where you discuss your patient’s goals; go over consent forms; review your patient’s health history to include past cosmetic procedures, allergies and current medications; and talk about pre and post-injection care. All of these things usually occur in a consult, which is vital to the process.
- Sometimes a neurotoxin or dermal filler injection is not the answer. Again, everyone is different, and a different course of treatment could help achieve the results your patients are looking for. “Injection Bars” tend to only specialize in injectables.
- As important as the consult is, the follow-up process is equally important, especially if a complication should arise. Furthermore, it is important to follow-up with patients to gauge their happiness with the results, what could be done differently, etc. These are all important aspects of the process that should not be taken lightly.
While it is great that the concept of “Injection Bars” helps destigmatize injections and make them more of an everyday thing, it is also not always a good idea to make medical procedures seem “non-medical.” It is considered a medical procedure that should not be taken lightly, which is something that you should always stress to your patients.