4 mistakes you're making when seeking a cosmetic treatment, according to a doctor

Oct 17 2018, 7:41 pm

Everyone wants to look and feel their best, in one way or another. But how people go about maintaining or changing their look is another thing.

By now, you’ve probably heard that non-surgical treatments are the new surgical treatments. It’s true, many people are opting for non-invasive aesthetic enhancement as opposed to going under the knife.

For starters, these treatments are more accessible and affordable. But that doesn’t mean that everyone administering the treatments is qualified to do so. And that’s a scary thought.

We sat down with Dr. Christopher Pavlou of Vancouver’s Skin Technique clinic, a physician with over 10 years experience in medical aesthetics, to find out what people are doing wrong when it comes to beauty enhancing treatments.

Failing to do adequate research on treatment providers

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If you’re planning on getting an aesthetic enhancement, you should be asking yourself what experience does the doctor or technician have? Is the care and clinic physician directed? Are they practicing aesthetics full-time or dabbling? Are they regulated? How are they rated? Have they won any awards?

At Skin Technique, Dr. Pavlou is a medical doctor who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree in South Africa and is board certified in aesthetic medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. You can read more about his experience here.

Worrying about price over experience and quality 

When you’re a client benefiting from physician-directed care you receive a comprehensive treatment plan and work with a highly skilled team which results in a higher level of care and your desired results. When you start looking for bargains, this can get tricky (or non-existent).

Dr. Pavlou stresses how you get what you pay for and follow-up treatments are key – a major advantage of going to the Skin Technique clinic. “The value of having an experienced, dedicated injector is so much higher than the few dollars per unit of botox you are going to save. It’s simply not worth the risk.” Read more from Dr. Pavlou here.

Not knowing what treatments you should be doing in your 20s, 30s, and beyond

The value of having an actual medical doctor work with you on a comprehensive treatment plan throughout every stage of life is priceless. You won’t be oversold something you don’t need, and legitimate doctors don’t compromise integrity for profit if they don’t have to. Dr. Pavlou turns away treatments if he feels it’s not right.

For example, starting treatments early will prevent the deep lines from forming. So, in your early to mid-thirties, botox, for example, is recommended but he may tell you to hold off on filler. Each patient requires a unique level of care based on where they are at, their medical history, and desired outcome.

Neglecting to use medical-grade skin care products

In order to help maintain your results after your treatment, a proper regimen with medical-grade skin care products is needed. Products backed by scientific research and proven ingredients are essential to maintain a healthy complexion, prevent sun damage and reverse signs of ageing.

If you’re wondering if you’re washing your face wrong, Dr. Pavlou says yes – if you’re not exfoliating and using the right medical grade products for YOUR skin. This is why purchasing products from a clinic that can consult you is a better option than wasting money on soap purchased at your nearest grocery store.


When it comes to aesthetic enhancement, you want to know you’re in the best hands. You can book a consultation with Dr. Pavlou to address all your concerns. He travels all over the world to bring the best treatments and skills back to his patients in Vancouver.

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