Your guide to choosing the right cosmetic injector for you in Chilliwack, BC and Vancouver Island area. 

Over the last two years, you’ve been looking at yourself on camera more than ever with the plethora of FaceTime dates with friends and Zoom work meetings. If you’ve noticed things about your face that you never noticed before and have become increasingly interested in cosmetic injections—well, you aren’t alone. 

The industry is booming with first-timers and as such, I feel a responsibility to share what I wish I knew about choosing a cosmetic injector and what I want people to know before choosing to go with me. 

I’ll be the first to say, I am not the right cosmetic injector for everyone. Though there are strict regulations and guidelines injectionists have to follow, there is a certain level of creativity involved within this industry—someone finds subjectively beautiful, another person will not. 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I take a slightly different approach to cosmetic injections. I don’t believe anyone needs botox or filler, but I do believe in options. And while providing those options, I ensure my patients have all the information they need to make an informed decision on what’s best for them. You’ll find I encourage my patients to err on subtle rather than significant with my minimalistic approach to injections. 

Whether you are in the Chilliwack, Langley, Parksville, Nanaimo or somewhere on the other side of the country, here are four things to consider when looking for the right cosmetic injector for you: 

Reputation Matters

Especially today, a cosmetic injector’s online presence makes a difference. Researching via their reviews, social media, gallery and word-of-mouth recommendations should not be rushed. Pay attention to the comments people are leaving and how responsive the injector is–this will give you a good indication of their quality of communication (which will touch on later on). 

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words and when it comes down to it, you want to feel confident with your cosmetic injector’s results. If you are considering a cosmetic injector, pay close attention to the cadency of transformation photos. This will give you a good indication on how practiced they are and how many other people trust their expertise. 

Clear Communication 

When it comes to cosmetic injections, you may come across a lot of questions–especially if it is your first time for a new treatment. When it comes to consultations, follow-up questions and everything in between, you want to be confident that your cosmetic injector is going to be readily available to you. When choosing a cosmetic injector, take time to explore their website and contact page. Communicating via email or DM is a great indication of the quality of communication you’ll have prior and post your treatment. If you have any questions or experience unexpected side effects, you want to ensure your injector will be available to you. 

Trust The Experts

In Canada, the professionals who can provide cosmetic injections differ slightly province to province. However generally speaking, licensed medical physicians, dentists, or registered nurses can perform cosmetic injections. 

If you are unsure of a cosmetic injector’s experience or credentials, start with a quick search. Reference their website, LinkedIn, websites such as Realself and even their social media to help determine their legitimacy.

If you are still looking for reassurance, ask the right questions. The response and openness of your cosmetic injector to questions will say a lot about their knowledge. Questions you could ask are: What brand of filler do you use? How much lip filler will I need? Do you use Dysport, Xeomin, Nuceiva or Botox? From their responses, you’ll be able to determine if their view of cosmetic injections matches yours.  

With the being said, there are some red flags to watch for when it comes to choosing your cosmetic injector: 

  • Their own face is overfilled.
  • They never say no to more filler
  • They get offended if you don’t like something
  • They try to oversell you on each appointment 

Take Price Out Of The Equation

There are certain areas in life where I love a good bargain—cosmetic injections is not one of them. Don’t let the price per unit or syringe be a deciding factor when choosing your cosmetic injector. Remember, you aren’t just paying for the product but for the education, experience and expertise of your provider. You need to know that you can trust their professional judgment. For example, if you purchase a full syringe of filler, you want to know that your cosmetic injector will only use 80 percent of it, if that’s all they believe you need. You should be able to confidently trust your cosmetic injector to not oversell or have alternative motives when deciding what treatments and amounts are best for you. 

When I first began offering cosmetic injections, I was concerned if it would impact how my peers viewed me or if it would change my credibility as a Naturopathic Doctor. But now, I can wholeheartedly say my background as a ND provides the perfect foundational understanding of facial anatomy to allow me to provide natural cosmetic injection results. If I can help someone feel a little bit more confident in their skin, then I feel as though I have done my job. To read more about why I became a cosmetic injector, click here. 

To book with me at any of my four locations (Refinery House, Chilliwack; Avenue 42, Langley;  Elegance Sculpting, Parksville; or Xpose Salon, Nanaimo), click here. Still have questions about cosmetic injections and choosing the right cosmetic injector for you? I answer questions daily on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.