Preparation is the key to success when it comes to having a positive outcome from your aesthetic treatment. Whether it’s your first time visiting a med spa or your tenth, with just a few simple steps you can go to your next appointment with peace of mind. Here are five steps to prepare you for your next aesthetic treatment.
Aesthetics have become such a popular way to maintain and improve your appearance for life, that even in the remotest areas you probably have options. Or, you might choose to travel to get a treatment from your dream physician. Either way, it’s essential to do your research. Thanks to the internet, this can be done from the comfort of your living room. Check out the clinic’s website for what they offer. Some providers have a specific type of treatment they specialize in, like non-invasive lipolysis, or injectables. Look at the before-and-after photos, read reviews and testimonials, and familiarize yourself with their social media channels to make sure they’re the right fit for you before you book a consultation. Getting what you want means establishing strong communication between you and your physician, so you want to choose someone you feel you can build a relationship with. Finding a doctor near you is easy with our Clinic Finder.
Once you’ve gone over your goals with your doctor and have chosen a treatment, it’s important that the clinic have all the information you can give them about your previous treatments, skin conditions, and your current skin care routine. It’s similar to giving a new family doctor your full medical history. Make sure to include current and past skin issues like psoriasis, acne, etc.; previous fillers like Botox; whether you use sunscreen and how often; and when you last used retinol or had a chemical face peel. Basically, anything that could make your skin more sensitive during a treatment is vital information to pass on.
Going for a treatment, especially for the first time, your expectations of what the results will be are bound to be based on other people’s experiences. You’ve looked at before and after photos, seen people raving about their results on social media, and read good—and maybe some bad—reviews. However, everyone’s face and body are unique to them, and your individual results may vary. That’s why the best person to discuss your expectations with is your aesthetic provider. Before the treatment itself, you should know what to expect in terms of cost, results, required downtime, and what the treatment will feel like. Also be mindful that more dramatic results can sometimes require more than one session, depending on the treatment, and building further sessions into your overall aesthetic plan is something to consider before committing to that first appointment.
Today, there are a wealth of treatment options to choose from that address aesthetic concerns ranging from acne to wrinkles, and scientific advancements in the field mean you can reach your aesthetic goals quickly, comfortably, and with no downtime. Best of all, there’s no need to go under the knife, as non-invasive treatments have reached a point where they can deliver results as effectively as surgical options. Here is a sampling of non-invasive treatments powered by Venus Treatments state-of-the-art technology:
There are also many surgical options to explore which are being performed more safely and effectively now than ever before, such as hair restoration.
The best time to discuss aftercare with your doctor is actually before the treatment itself. Ask them to help you prepare a list of everything you should do to maximize your treatment results in the weeks following the appointment. You’ll also find helpful points here on our blog, like why drinking water is important after a treatment, and how to protect yourself from the sun. Although most of our non-invasive treatments require no downtime, you may choose to clear your schedule for the first few days so you can relax—treat it like a self care holiday and stock up on healthy snacks and catch up on your favorite show. Lastly, ask your doctor about possible side effects, what to do in case you have any, and get the clinic’s 24-hour emergency contact number if they have one.
The first step on your path to achieving your aesthetic goals is finding a doctor. Find a clinic near you using the search field below.