The face is the area that most people seek to change and improve when seeking cosmetic treatments. There are a number of invasive and non-invasive procedures available in clinics that can remove spots and blotches, reduce wrinkles, tighten skin texture, enhance lustre, improve geometrical symmetry and re-sculpt areas such as the nose that may not be perceived as aesthetically pleasing.
Some of the most popular facial treatments include:
- Microdermabrasion - exfoliation is encouraged and accelerated by various mechanical means in applying substances to remove the outer layer of skin. No injections or anaesthetics are needed, making it relatively safe. A suction device helps remove the skin cells.
- Chemical peels - the facial skin is “injured” by the application of substances such as alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, retinoic acid and phenol-croton oil. When the outer layer comes away, the regenerated skin underneath is usually smoother and more youth-like with fewer blemishes.
- Microcurrent or electrotherapy - the application of low-voltage current through the face is supposed to rapidly exercise, tone muscles and aid in the production of elastin, collagen and circulation. There are various competing and unproven claims for this technique and reliable statistically significant trials need to be performed that demonstrate its effectiveness.
- Injections - such as botox where a needle is used to inject a toxin underneath the skin that relaxes muscles thereby reducing wrinkles. Collagen, fat and other dermal filler injections can plump up the skin giving a more youthful appearance but may have allergic side effects as well as not lasting more than a few months.
- Fractional Radio Frequencies - the application of this technique is claimed to be able to stimulate the skin so that it becomes firmer. The method employs a combination of fractional radio frequency and dermal stamping to reduce abnormal pigmentation, the appearance of scars and large pores.
- Photorejuvenation - can employ lasers such as a Nd:YAG to remove blemishes by encouraging healthy regrowth. There are potential side effects such as redness, irritation and swelling.
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There are numerous risks involved with all cosmetic procedures, where patients and even staff can be harmed. Accidents can occur due to:
- Inadequate staff training, experience and supervision in the use of specialised equipment, application of drugs and medication or assessing the suitability of patients.
- The mis-matching of patient to procedure. Many procedures are only suitable for certain people or need to be tailored to the patient.
- The use of malfunctioning technology or outdated methods.
- Unusual allergic or other unexpected extreme reactions to cosmetic procedures in some patients.
- Accidents with needles transmitting infectious diseases or with lasers causing injury.
There are specific risks with facial treatments, especially given the proximity of chemicals, lasers and other substances and tools so close to such sensitive areas such as the eyes.
Experts in the field of facial treatments can provide opinion on:
- Whether the standard of care provided was reasonably competent, particularly about issues of medical negligence and malpractice.
- Whether a patient was adequately warned about possible side effects and whether an individual’s side effects are more severe than one can reasonably expect from various facial treatment techniques.
- Whether a patient was overpromised about the effectiveness or longevity of the facial treatment processes.
Some clinics claim benefits for some procedures that have yet to be reliably and repeatedly proven with an accompanying consensus and endorsement from the medical establishment.
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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype