Why the consultation is the most important part of your aesthetic journey
If you are considering an aesthetic treatment then a quality consultation prior to your treatment is incredibly important. Your treatment is a much more complex process that just the performance of the treatment itself and this begins with the consultation. There are many reasons why a detailed consultation with a medically qualified aesthetic practitioner is an integral part of the process and
in this blog I will explore some of these reasons in more detail.
The consultation is an opportunity for the patient and medical practitioner to meet and discuss the patient’s areas of concerns, their goals and realistic desired outcome. This is also an important opportunity for the patient to feel able to ask question and explore treatment options to ensure they are fully informed about what the treatment entails, risks and potential side effects as well as any pre and post treatment considerations they need to consider.
GET TO KNOW YOUR PRACTITIONER
This is also an important opportunity for the patient to get to know the practitioner, never feel worried about asking questions! Areas you may want to know more about includes;
What is their qualifications? (remember the title "qualified aesthetic practitioner" means nothing, anyone can attend a day course and set up an aesthetic clinic!)
How long have they been specialising in aesthetic medicine?
Are they regulated by a governing body ie NMC or GMC for example? (this is important to you as a regulated professional practitioners fitness to practice will be assessed at set intervals and we are both professionally and legally duty bound to always act in your best interest)
Are they an independent prescriber? Many of the aesthetic treatments involves prescription only medications therefore by law you should always have a face to face consultation with the prescriber before your treatment. Additionally if the practitioner is not a prescriber ask how will they access any emergency medications to manage any treatment complications that may arise?
How would they manage any complications, think infections, nodules, allergic reactions, vascular occlusion etc? You should always be able to rely on safe and timely after care and sending you to your GP or A&E is not an appropriate response.
During the consultation it is crucial for the practitioner to discuss the patients medical history, this is vital to ensure it is safe the patient to undergo the treatments or if the treatment procedure need to be adjusted to keep you safe. This should include any current or previous medical conditions, surgeries or any medications that may impact the aesthetic treatment or be an absolute contraindication. Remember that as a medical practitioner full confidentiality will apply just the same as within the NHS so it is important that you feel you can be open and honest.
FULL FACE ANALYSIS
The assessment need to extend beyond the specific concern and should be assessed holistically and never be viewed in isolation. For example, a patient may attend with deep lines between their nose and mouth and wishing these to be filled but the likelihood is that these lines are a symptom of sunken and deflated cheeks and just addressing the fold is unlikely to be satisfactory.
Your practitioner also need to assess your face in 3D, both static and in animation to consider things like the balance of your profile and position of your teeth.
CREATE AN INDIVIDUALISED TREATMENT PLAN After we have discussed what you would like to achieve, what is realistic for you and what treatment options would be suitable for you, we will devise a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs and budget. This may be using a few different treatment modalities.
Remember this doesn't all need to be addressed in one go, this can be a long term goal that we work on over a period of time.
COOLING OFF PERIOD
There should never be any pressures to agree to any treatment and all patients should be encouraged to have a cooling off period to consider all their options before they commit to any treatment and this also provides the opportunity to as any follow on questions that may arise after your consultation.
If you are interested in booking in for your free of charge, no obligation consultation, you can use the online booking system, call us on 07825 597544 or email the clinic via email@example.com