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Ultrasound Technology at Facial Aesthetics

 

Earlier this year I introduced ultrasound technology to Facial Aesthetics in order to make my practice safer. Some practitioners choose not to have one in their clinics, which is their choice but I felt I wanted to share with you all, why I feel this was the best decision for Facial Aesthetics.

Why?

I made this decision to bring ultrasound technology into the clinic to improve on the safety of procedures such as dermal fillers.

Ultrasound technology can help to map anatomical features of the face that may not be visible to the naked eye, including veins and arteries.

As practitioners, we know the anatomy and location of the major arteries and veins, however, every face is different and this technology allows us to ensure that we are injecting safely to ensure the best outcome.

How does it work? 

Ultrasound technology, uses high frequency sound waves that bounce off of different parts of your body, allowing your practitioner to receive an image of the anatomy under your skin.

This allows your practitioner, or the person using the ultrasound, to see any structures under the skin that they are either trying to find or are looking to avoid in order to safely treat you.

Here at Facial Aesthetics, we use this to ensure we are safely injecting away from high risk areas such as arteries and veins.

Is ultrasound safe?

There are no known risks from the sound waves used by an ultrasound machine. This is why ultrasounds can be used during pregnancy to look at a babies growth. Other scans used in medical settings can involve exposure to radiation, however an ultrasound does not use this and only uses sound waves which are completely safe.

As you can see in the picture above, I am completely happy using this on my face with no concerns or safety measures.

When would I use this?

I use ultrasound predominantly for dermal fillers in clinic. There are 3 separate occasions where it would be clinically indicated to use the ultrasound:

– To map out where blood vessels are in order to avoid injecting filler too near or into these.

– In the event of a vascular occlusion (a blood vessel that has been blocked due to dermal fillers), the ultrsasound would help your practitioner to locate the blockage and then assist them in ensuring this is correctly disolved and the blood supply is restored.

– For disolving fillers in non urgent cases due to the patient having an outcome they are not happy with.

 

Overall, when injecting dermal fillers, an ultrasound helps to ensure the safest outcome and I beleive that anything we can do to help ensure the safety of our patients and the most desirable outcome should always be considered.