Preventing problems with cosmetic nonsurgical procedures

January 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm Hi Dr. Irwin, I love following your blog! You posted an entry a few weeks back on this topic: But when I click on the blog post, I haven't seen any details regarding the different procedures you recommend to avoid and prevent problems. Could you follow up on this topic please? I am very interested as I am 38 years old and would love to incorporate preventative elements in my routine in order to see longterm results. Thanks, Sarah

Sarah –  I’m glad you pointed this out because I actually meant to do that.  🙂   There are a few procedures and filler products that really should be avoided …..and I’ll do a a blog post on those later this week.

But……about 95% of the time, in my opinion, the problem isn’t the technology or product.  When things go wrong, it almost always due to inexperienced and/or poorly trained providers, a failure of the patient education process, failure of the person getting the procedures to follow the post care instructions, even when written down (this happens more than you would think), and a mismatch of expectations (the education process again?)

For example, we had a patient recently who had a Fraxel on her face.  We  tell our patients no sunny vacations for 4-8 weeks after Fraxels, both verbally and in writing.  She went to Hawaii ten days after the Fraxel and is now having ………pigment problems…of course!

That’s why it’s so important to take the time to find the good doctors/nurses, etc and really educate yourself about what your doing.  It’s more important usually that which exact technology is being used.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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