Adrian’s Big 5

5 Important Questions You Should Be Asking Before Any Skin Treatment By Aesthetic Nurse, Adrian Baker

CAN I HAVE A CONSULTATION BEFORE ANY TREATMENT?
An initial skin consultation is vital to ensure you can explain your skin concerns and have a practitioner assess these, as well as your medical history to ensure any treatment suggestions are safe for you to have. This should also be used as an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss through a variety of treatment options with your practitioner.

An initial consultation will also give you the opportunity to get a feel of your practitioner and how comfortable you are with them, laying the foundations of a trusting professional relationship.

We offer Free of Charge No-Obligation Consultations for all treatments. You can expect:

-A medical history assessment to ensure you are safe to proceed with a treatment

-A visual skin assessment

-Treatment options discussion, with your individual needs and budget taken into account

-An explanation of the risks and benefits of any treatment you wish to receive

-A discussion of any aftercare advice you may need to plan for

WHO IS IT THAT WILL BE CARRYING OUT MY TREATMENT?
I firmly believe that these types of non-surgical aesthetic treatments should only be carried out by a medically qualified practitioner, such as a Nurse or Doctor. Aesthetic treatments are not suitable to be provided by therapists or other non-medically registered professionals. This is something you should be sure on from the outset.

You should also ensure that the person you are consulting with is the actual person who will be providing your treatment. Not only are you using a consultation to get a feel of your practitioner, but your practitioner will be using this time together to learn about your individual needs and desires for your skin appearance. It should, therefore, be the same person who is actually performing the treatment on you; this avoids any confusion or lost communication in achieving the results you are wanting to achieve. You may also have built trust in the initial person you have consulted with, and having someone new to perform your treatment will likely increase any anxieties. Ask to consult only with the person who will be providing the treatment.

WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES THE PRACTITIONER HAVE?
This question isn’t in order to rule out the professionals with less experience; even the most experienced practitioner had to start somewhere.  The important aspect is how comfortable you feel that they are able to safely perform the treatment. If they are inexperienced, will they be shadowed by an experienced practitioner? If they are experienced, do they still continue professional development to learn new techniques? Do they provide Aesthetic treatments as a career or is it a sideline they do occasionally? Ensure you feel comfortable with the level of experience your practitioner has.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED WITH MY TREATMENT?
This is possibly one of the most fundamental aspects of any consultation for an aesthetic skin treatment. Like life in general, most skin treatments will carry an element of risk or potential harm. The key to this question however is the balance of the risk vs benefit and how likely a risk is likely to happen. As an example, dermal filler treatments carry a risk of bruising and swelling after treatment, but if the benefit of receiving the filler improves self confidence or a healthy appearance, then you may be comfortable with this risk vs benefit balance. Saying this, dermal filler treatments also carry a very rare risk of blood vessel blockage that could cause the skin cells to die. This may make you think twice. What may help you balance this risk is the level of experience your practitioner has to deal with this very rare complication. The point here is not to avoid all treatments that carry a risk, but to ensure you have weighed up the risk vs benefit, and importantly how your practitioner can ideally prevent or, if required, treat the complication.

CAN ANYTHING GO WRONG? AND IF SO, WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

This leads from the last question, and it is something you should feel comfortable to ask. The answer should be that the practitioner is trained and experienced to handle all complications that are known and associated with a treatment, or at least has a professional relationship with another health professional that can be referred to. You should be able to access your practitioner outside of clinic hours in cases where urgent advice is required, and you should also ensure that the practitioner is fully insured to carry out the treatment.

If you would like to know any more information, have any questions or would like to book your free consultation please call the clinic on 01296 614441 or email enquiries@whitethornmediclinic.co.uk

Written by Adrian Baker, Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Prescriber
Whitethorn Fields Mediclinic – http://www.whitethornmediclinic.co.uk 

 

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