It’s important to me that my patients feel they get the most from their consultation and any treatment they may choose. So that’s why I’ve put together my own guide to what to expect from your cosmetic doctor.
How to choose the right doctor for you
It’s important you choose the right doctor for you. Not only do you want someone who is a specialist in the area you are looking for, but also because you need a doctor you feel comfortable with and can talk honestly to.
Many of my clients come via a personal recommendation. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they have a doctor they’ll recommend, chances are they do, and a personal recommendation speaks volumes. However don’t assume your friend has done their homework – always check for yourself that the doctor is qualified.
How to make sure a doctor is qualified
You can check that a doctor is qualified by looking them up on the General Medical Council’s website.
The British College of Aesthetic Medicine also has a search facility and only lists registered medical practitioners who meet their stringent requirements in order to get, and keep, membership.
What to expect from your consultation
It’s a good idea to write down any questions you have and take them with you. That way you can be sure you’ve got all the information you need before you leave.
A good doctor will be happy to spend time discussing treatments with you and you should expect their undivided attention during your consultation.
You should also expect to be asked some medical questions. Your general medical history is relevant when it comes to cosmetic procedures; if a doctor doesn’t ask, find out why.
Make sure you get answers to anything you are unsure about and always make sure you are 100% sure before going ahead with any procedure.
Don’t ever feel rushed. If you’re not sure, go away and think about it.
Your doctor should be completely honest with you about what results you can expect. So be honest about your expectations. If they’re not achievable your doctor should tell you so.
Part two of this post talks about after care, and what to do if you’re not happy with the results of a treatment.