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Cosmetic getaways have been embraced by Aussies deciding to take the post-holiday glow to a new level. While the trend, also referred to as “medical tourism”, can be an attractive option for those looking for a cheaper, more discreet option in cosmetic treatments, it’s important to understand the risks involved.

As with any medical treatment, in Australia or abroad, you should consider the history and reputation of the medical facility or clinic, the cosmetic physicians involved, the products and methods used and finally, the option for follow-up care.

Just like you wouldn’t compromise quality when it comes to medical treatment for an illness, you shouldn’t have to compromise on cosmetic treatments to your face or body. However, a recent survey found some Australian women undergoing cosmetic procedures such as anti-wrinkle treatments may be taking the procedure too lightly.

According to the survey, while 86 per cent of anti-wrinkle injection users claimed they are careful about what is injected into their face, 71 per cent did not know the name or brand of their last anti-wrinkle injection treatment.

This is concerning considering anti-wrinkle injections are now officially Australia’s most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with approximately 33,000 injections administered each year.

Dr Joseph Ajaka, from the Cosmos Clinic in Sydney, says, “The most important thing a patient can do is come in prepared and ask the right questions before, during and after their treatment.”

“Patients who are the most satisfied with their treatment are the ones who are informed, are asking the right questions and ensuring the anti-wrinkle injection they’ve requested is indeed what they are receiving” said Dr Ajaka.

A new resource called Informed Beauty has been developed to help patients prepare for their appointments and start their consultation feeling confident. So, if you’re considering cosmetic treatments, visit the Informed Beauty website, download the Top 5 Questions Checklist, and ask your cosmetic physician about the Informed Beauty campaign.