What cosmetic treatment questions should you ask when choosing a doctor for cosmetic procedures? You could ask for recommendations from your GP or from friends or relatives who have had similar work done.  Or you could just talk to your GP.

When considering doctors and treatments here are a few cosmetic treatment questions that you should investigate

Experience: How long have they been doing the treatment?

Qualifications: Ideally look for someone who’s a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, a fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons or of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. However, many other doctors (GPs, for example) and some nurses are trained and experienced in administering cosmetic procedures.

Brands: Like most things you get what you pay for and not all machines are created equal

Manner: Do you have a rapport with the doctor and the staff, it’s important that you feel comfortable enough to ask questions. You are your best advocate.

Fees: What are the initial fees and what maintenance is required?

Some cosmetic treatment questions to ask your doctor about the procedure include:

Are there any complications associated with the procedure? Are there other side-effects?

How frequently do you perform the procedure(s) I want?

How long do the effects last and how often should they be repeated to maintain the effect?

How many sessions are required and over how long?

How much are the procedure fees, including after care and the cost of take-home skin care products or medication, if applicable? If more than one session is recommended, is there a package available?

If I choose not to go ahead with all sessions in the package do I get a refund?

Is it local, local anaesthetic with sedation or general anaesthetic?

What does it involve and how long will it take?

What is the post-operative infection rate?

What products should I use to maintain these results?

What will I look like immediately after the procedure? Will I need time off work?

Where will the procedure be performed – clinic or hospital?

Once you have asked all the right questions and done your homework you will feel so much better about your decision – and let’s not forget how good you will look! Book a consultation with Dr Lee at Spring Street GP, to discuss which cosmetic treatment is right for you.