Thinking about a consultation?

It's perfectly natural to have questions when you're exploring new treatment options for yourself, such as dermal fillers or
anti-wrinkle injections. Information evenings are a great way to cover the basics and view ‘before and afters’, while a personal consultation will give you specific recommendations.

Taking the next step

If you've been considering treatment, it’s important to have your bases covered, and be as knowledgeable about the treatment as possible. You can do this through a one-on-one in-depth discussion with your potential doctor (the registered nurses are also often well informed and helpful), or by attending an information evening, where you can ask questions and even talk to some women who have had treatment themselves.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CLINIC

There are many things to consider as you explore your options, for example, whether you would prefer a male or a female doctor, what products they use, and whether you like the results of their previous work. Don’t be afraid to ask to see other ‘before and afters’ that are more like the results you want – and keep looking at other clinics if they’re not quite right for you.

A number of different types of registered healthcare professionals may administer cosmetic injectables. They may be a cosmetic physician (a GP with a special interest in aesthetic medicine), a cosmetic surgeon (who can also do more extensive surgical procedures), a dermatologist or a registered nurse trained in the use of these products. It’s common for a registered nurse to administer the treatment after it has been prescribed by the supervising doctor. Of course, all the products used should only be those included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Key things to think about:

  • The qualifications and experience of your consulting doctor and of any nurse involved in your treatment;
  • The quality of the facility where the procedures will be performed;
  • The level of ‘aftercare’ that is offered;
  • How comfortable you are with the doctor and the other staff;
  • The total cost of any proposed treatment plan

Once you've chosen a clinic and a doctor that you like, you can use the following checklist as a guide when meeting them for the first time. The questions can also help confirm you have made the right choice for you.

There are a variety of injectable products available, so find out what products they use and why they recommend those. How long the effects last, and the time it takes for you to see results, are key factors to consider. You should also feel comfortable that you understand the specific risks and benefits associated with any product they’re going to use, so feel free to ask about the product’s track record, including the research and evidence behind it.

Questions to consider before committing to treatment include:

  • Does the doctor seem to understand the results you’re after?
  • Has the doctor provided specific information about the proposed treatment or product?
  • Do you know what brand they use and why?
  • Has this product been extensively tested and researched?
  • Do you know how soon it will be before you can expect to see results and how long the effects should last?
  • Do you understand and feel comfortable with the specific plan they are recommending for you?

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FIRST CONSULTATION

You may be focused on one particular area of your face, or you may just want to know more in general about possible enhancements. Either way, your doctor should take plenty of time to evaluate your face and come up with a recommendation for a personalised treatment plan. Getting the full effect you’re after may involve several sessions over a period of time.

Don’t be too surprised if they take a few photos to use as tools to point out your unique face structure and to show you how dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections – or a combination of both - can be used to enhance your looks.

If you decide you do want to go ahead, and you understand the plan for you and the procedures, they may give you your first treatment then and there. If not, they will ensure that you are booked in for the appropriate appointments.

You can use our clinic locator to find a qualified doctor near you