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Things every aesthetic patient should want to know

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There is not enough emphasis on educating the patient. This simple fact makes aesthetic medicine available to all manner of doctor, puts the aesthetic medicine industry at risk but most importantly could create an unfulfilled and complaining patient.

Scouring the glossy magazines in any waiting room reveals a plethora of anti-ageing treatments that are available almost anywhere these days. Truth be told however there is very little said about the level of training required to perform these treatments, let alone achieve results to match the high expectations of the average aesthetic patient.

This then is for the patient. Here are 4 tips to help make informed decisions when choosing or evaluating your aesthetic practitioner.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) may only be administered by a qualified doctor. This is true irrespective of the level of training that doctor has received.  It is best to check their aesthetic training certificates and dates.

If you are simply going for a few units to treat the most common conditions then basic or intermediate training will suffice. Should you require more advanced or combination treatments then you should be working with an advanced doctor with up to date training certificates.

Similarly dermal fillers and chemical peels all provide ample training opportunities but I reference Botulinum toxin here as it is most often the entry treatment for doctors making headway into the aesthetic medicine industry.
Treatment options are essential. Today the aesthetic medicine industry is one of the most studied and diverse in the world. There are multiple treatments, products & techniques to suite nearly every skin type, colour and concern.
More established aesthetic doctors will offer a multitude of treatment options to closely match your desired results. They will also have a more in depth understanding of the skin to better treat the cause of your ageing concern and not simply the visible fault.

If the facilities do not live up to expectation or the treatment options take on a one-size-fits-all scenario then you should reevaluate your decision.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. There are many doctors making moves into the aesthetic medicine world as the industry is thought to be very lucrative. What many patients fail to consider is the artistic side of anti-ageing.

Your aesthetic practitioner should have similar anti-ageing philosophies as you and should not “inject by numbers.” Each face is unique and needs to be treated as such.
A patient arrives happy and should leave happy. This has nothing to do with money but everything to do with result, which relies heavily on technique matched with artistic nuances.

You as a patient have the right to see a full portfolio of past patients for treatment results. These portfolios should include multiple treatment results and each patient should have multiple angles from which to view the final result. Any suspicion of Photoshop should get the alarm bells ringing immediately, similarly if no portfolio exists.
Discuss the risks and side effects. Unfortunately, with any and every aesthetic treatment there is a potential risk of adverse reactions. The more experienced an aesthetic practitioner the more likely they are to have encountered an adverse reaction or side effect.  This is simply the law of averages.
Experience in dealing with such cases can save a treatment and still provide superb aesthetic results. You can judge an aesthetic doctor simply by their knowledge of such reactions and their advice on how to treat them.

If you are not satisfied with any explanation of possible side effects and reactions then perhaps you should be examining training and experience of your existing practitioner.

This article is designed to help patients make the correct decision. These 4 tips will help eradicate the untrained doctor and similarly sustain a growing aesthetic industry for the betterment of the patient, their result and general wellbeing.

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