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How You Can Avoid Bad Dermal Fillers

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Dermal Fillers

Getting dermal fillers is a relatively low-risk procedure. They require very little preparation and recovery time. In comparison to many other cosmetic treatments, they are easily accessible and safe.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. If patients go to the wrong place for dermal fillers, they could risk their health and safety. Read ahead to find out what you can do to avoid bad experiences with these injectables.

Do Not Buy Them Online

The internet encourages a lot of DIY activities, and dermal fillers are no exception. People are buying black market dermal fillers online and injecting them all on their own. Selling injectables online to average consumers is illegal, and it’s also incredibly dangerous. Many of these fillers are fakes or have been tampered with to stretch ingredients.

DIY injectables should not be thought of as an easy way to save yourself money. They’re an easy way to land yourself in the emergency room.

Go to Medical Professionals

Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment, but that doesn’t mean that they can be injected by any member of the beauty industry. Injecting filler is still a delicate procedure that could have some nasty side effects if done improperly. Someone who works as a hairdresser, makeup artist or esthetician should not be offering this service to you. They do not have the authority or expertise to do so.

The only professionals that should offer injections are nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and you’re interested in this cosmetic treatment, you can go to one of the nearest GraceMed clinics for their injectable treatments. They offer world-class services for anyone looking for injectables in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. They have the medical experience and certification that you should be looking for, including associations with the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

You can feel safe to choose from a variety of fillers, including Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra.

Look for Red Flags

There are some bad actors out there that will try to trick unsuspecting customers into thinking that they have more medical experience than they have. Look at what happened to this woman who almost lost her lip after getting a botched hyaluronic acid injection. The person who did the injection claimed to be a nurse that she met at a lip-filler party — she was an esthetician.

So, to make sure that you’re going to a legitimate practice, you should watch for these red flags:

  • They do not offer a professional consultation beforehand
  • They do not discuss health risks, appointment preparation or aftercare with you
  • They pressure you to add on more services
  • They show no customer feedback on their website
  • They have customer complaints on review sites and social media
  • They have no proof of medical certification or experience
  • They have incredibly low prices or deals

It’s always tempting to save money and look for a good deal, but you should be wary of anyone that’s offering cheap injectables. If you’re not willing to spend on quality services, you should forego the procedure for the sake of your health and safety.

You should always do your research before going forward with dermal fillers. It will lower your chances of dealing with unsavoury practitioners, counterfeit drugs or botched results.

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Factbox: Countries respond to heart inflammation risk from mRNA shots

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Some countries have halted altogether or are giving only one dose of COVID shots based on so-called mRNA technology to teens following reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects.

Europe’s drug regulator said in July it had found a possible link between a very rare inflammatory heart condition and COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

However, the benefits of mRNA shots in preventing COVID-19 continue to outweigh the risks, European and U.S. regulators and the World Health Organization have said.

Here are some of the steps some countries are taking:

CANADA

The Public Health Agency of Canada said data suggested that reported cases of rare heart inflammation were higher after Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine compared with the Pfizer/BioNTech shots.

DENMARK

The Danish Health Agency said on Friday that it was continuing to offer Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to under-18s, and that a statement on Wednesday suggesting a suspension had in fact been a miscommunication.

FINLAND

Finland paused the use of Moderna’s vaccines for younger people and instead would give Pfizer’s vaccine to men born in 1991 and later. It offers shots to those aged 12 and over.

HONG KONG

A panel of health experts advising the Hong Kong government has recommended in September children aged 12-17 should get only one dose of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of heart inflammation as a side effect.

NORWAY

Norway will hold off giving children aged 12-15 a second dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 until it has gathered more research. On Oct. 22 the health ministry said there was no urgency given that children have a low risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19.

On Sep. 2 Norway decided on giving one dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12-15.

SWEDEN

Sweden has extended the pause of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine beyond the original Dec. 1 deadline for people aged 30 and younger due to rare heart-related side-effects, the public health agency said on Oct. 21.

The agency said earlier in October that data pointed to an increase of myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults vaccinated with Moderna vaccine Spikevax, and paused the use for all born 1991 or later.

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa will start vaccinating children between 12 and 17 using the Pfizer vaccine, the health minister said, as the country looks to ratchet up inoculations ahead of final year examinations.

On the advice of its vaccine advisory committee the government would only give teenagers a single shot of Pfizer’s normal two-shot regime due to concerns that it may affect the heart.

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain has been offering all 12-15-year-olds a first a shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Second doses would not be offered to the age group until at least spring when there may be more data from around the world.

 

(Compiled by Antonis Triantafyllou; Editing by Joanna Jonczyk-Gwizdala and Tomasz Janowski)

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Hong Kong’s zero-COVID policy undermining financial hub status – industry group

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A financial industry group warned on Monday that Hong Kong‘s zero-COVID policy and strict quarantine requirements for international travellers threatens to undermine the city’s status as a financial hub.

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) said a survey of members, including some of the world’s largest banks and asset managers, showed 48% were contemplating moving staff or functions away from Hong Kong due to operational challenges, which included uncertainty regarding when and how travel and quarantine restrictions will be lifted.

Hong Kong has some of the most stringent travel restrictions in the world and is virtually COVID-19 free, however unlike regional rival Singapore, which is slowly re-opening its borders, the Chinese-ruled city has no public plan for opening up to international travellers.

Local leaders say their focus is removing restrictions on travel from Hong Kong to mainland China, which also has strict entry restrictions. At present travellers from Hong Kong to the mainland must still undergo quarantine.

“Hong Kong’s status as an (international financial centre) is increasingly at risk along with its long-term economic recovery and competitiveness as a premier place to do business,” Mark Austen chief executive of Asifma wrote in open letter to Hong Kong’s financial secretary Paul Chan.

The letter made a series of recommendations including publishing “a roadmap for exiting Hong Kong’s ‘zero-case’ based COVID-19 strategy beyond solely the immediate goal of opening borders with China”, as well as prioritising vaccinations.

Hong Kong has reported just over 12,300 cases since the start of the pandemic, mostly imported, and 213 deaths.

Regional rival Singapore is expanding quarantine-free travel to nearly a dozen countries, but authorities are grappling with how to do so while averting a surge of Covid-19 cases among older people and those with weak immune systems.

 

(Reporting by Alun John; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Red Cross urges action for Papua New Guinea as COVID-19 overwhelms health system

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Concerted international action is needed to support Papua New Guinea as a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelms the Pacific country’s health system, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Monday.

Coronavirus cases in the island nation of 9 million have been surging in recent weeks, with 385 new cases recorded on Thursday, according to latest available government data.

There have been 26,731 officially confirmed cases and 329 deaths in the country 150 km (90 miles) north of Australia.

Less than 1% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data figures, although the government anticipated months ago that it would have enough shots by now for everyone who wanted to be vaccinated.

Misinformation, public apprehension, and logistical challenges with the rollout have slowed down vaccinations, the Red Cross said.

“Urgent efforts and further support are needed in healthcare to prevent a massive loss of life in the coming days and weeks,” Uvenama Rova, PNG Red Cross secretary general, said in a statement.

According to the PNG National Control Centre for COVID-19, all major hospitals have been hit with rising cases.

“We’re at the moment barely managing with the existing load,” Gary Nou, team leader for Emergency Medical Team at the National Centre, was quoted as saying last week in a statement on the centre’s website.

A medical team from Australia arrived in Port Moresby this month, and Britain was also to send a team.

While some other nations in the Pacific region, such as the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, have also had sluggish vaccine rollouts, the tiny nation of Palau had 99% of its population over 12 vaccinated by mid-October, while Fiji had 96% of eligible people with one dose, the Red Cross said this month.

 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by William Mallard)

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