Ultrasound in cosmetic medicine
As the popularity of dermal filler treatment has increased exponentially worldwide, so has the awareness that complications can arise. While the risk of complications is very low, the consequences of some of these complications can be very serious. Fortunately, most complications can be managed successfully if the diagnosis and correct treatment is instituted early and properly.
The use of diagnostic ultrasound has greatly facilitated the early diagnosis and prevention of dermal filler complications. Its use was first pioneered by Dr Leonie Schelke and Dr Oscar Jansen from the Netherlands. They were very generous in sharing their knowledge and experience with us.
Ultrasound allows the direct visualisation of the underlying anatomy and in particular the location of arteries.
In our practice we use diagnostic ultrasound in the following ways:
- We perform routine pre-treatment ultrasound assessment before we perform dermal filler treatment to determine your facial anatomy.
- To identify the location and extent of past dermal filler treatment in the management of dermal filler related complications.
- We can perform ultrasound guided injections of either dermal filler or dissolving medicine should the need arise.
With this in mind, we set up a Complication and Dissolving Clinic in 2019 with the aim of serving Canberra and the surrounding area. We accept referral from practitioners and directly from patients if they suspect that they have encountered a dermal filler related complication. We will endeavour to provide urgent assessment and treatment if needed as we appreciate that early recognition and treatment is critical in ensuring a good outcome.