The Highlight by LOOKFANTASTIC Nov/Dec 2022

In an age of filters and facial enhancement apps, the desire to achieve the ‘perfect look’ in real life is often just a ‘tweakment’ away. According to Dr Richard Westreich, facial plastic surgeon: “Social media has had a significant impact on the popularity of these treatments. I think it is the primary driver for the increased interest in younger patient populations.” Visiting an aesthetics clinic is fast becoming akin to sprucing up your roots at the salon. “The stigma of cosmetic treatments no longer exists,” explains Dr Westreich. “But while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, people sometimes forget these are medical procedures and do carry some risk.” Here’s what you need to know before you go... QUALIFICATIONS MATTER “As an absolute minimum [your practitioner] should be a qualified medical professional, such as a doctor, dentist or prescribing nurse,” explains Dr Jonquille Chantrey, surgeon, international lecturer and beauty scientist. “Credibility is challenging nowadays with social media influence. A busy ‘practitioner’ may appear reputable due to their high follower count but have negligible EXPERT ADVICE