Factors such as celebrity culture, social media influence and greater accessibility are driving the demand for injectables including dermal fillers and toxins, however many consumers are not educated on the risks associated with inferior products and unqualified or inexperienced practitioners.

Current legislation does not classify dermal fillers as prescription medicines, meaning that non-medical professionals can administer them.

Mr Olivier Amar, is passionate about maintaining natural beauty and advises individuals to choose both the practitioner and product carefully, even encouraging patients to see the serial number of the filler. He advises that patients receive a full consultation and sign a consent form prior to the treatment, in order to fully understand the risks and complications associated;

You are putting something foreign inside your body that could have long term effects. Not all fillers are the same, with certain types having the ability to cause permanent damage, so it is imperative you truly understand the nature of the product in advance of the treatment.

Often dermal fillers are not the best treatment and it is important that patients are presented with various options, which are available at clinics that are Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeon led. Mr Amar feels a responsibility to protect his patients from heavy marketing and the overdone, unnatural look.

“Aesthetic changes should be done to help tweak or improve the overall harmony of the face or body, not dramatically change it.”