Waterlooville beauty expert warns of botox and filler pitfalls as lockdown enquiries pile up

A BEAUTY expert is warning people to do their research before getting cosmetic procedures when clinics reopen after lockdown.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 1:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 5:43 pm
Niki Sulaiman, from Horndean, who runs Sero Aesthetics in Waterlooville performing a dermal filler treatment on a client pre-lockdown.

Aesthetic practitioner Niki Sulaiman, who owns Sero Aesthetics in Waterlooville, has spoken out about dodgy botox and filler jobs after seeing many clients who have had problems with other practitioners.

Niki, who is a diagnostic radiographer, opened her clinic in London Road last year, and is warning people to do research before choosing where to have work done.

She has found a lot of people wanted to get cosmetic procedures, such as botox and fillers, as soon as clinics reopen after lockdown.

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She said: ‘No one wakes up one day and knows how to inject botox or fillers, or can recognise complications, or how to solve them.

‘Having a medical background does have benefits. As a healthcare professional, we must uphold the standards expected of us to enable us to stay registered and use our protected title.

‘With that being said, there are some fantastic individuals who do not have medical backgrounds that do respect their clients' information, who spend hours and hours reading and researching, and continually develop their skills to be the safest and best practitioner they can be.’

‘As we have seen, it does not matter what their background is, anyone can practice unsafely – and that is why you need to choose the individual based on their own merit.’

She is advising people to ensure their practitioner has access to a prescriber, who supplies them with prescription-only products including botox.

She said it is important they have access to emergency drugs – including adrenaline for anaphylaxis, and hyaluronidase, which dissolves filler in case of error or a bad reaction.

Mum-of-four Niki said: ‘You should always have an opportunity to have a consultation with your practitioner and should never be encouraged to have a treatment done. Make sure you are being listened to and not just heard.

‘Ask yourself whether you feel they will work “on” you or “with” you.

‘If the price is too cheap, ask yourself why, as botox and fillers are not cheap products to purchase.

‘Most importantly, follow your gut.’

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