As we head into the new year, you be might thinking about your goals for the months ahead. If you have always wanted to start taking better care of your skin, but not sure where to start, it might be time to book for a skin consultation with one of our qualified Dermal Clinicians.
What to expect at your skin consult
As a new patient, an initial consultation will take around 30 minutes. During this time the clinician will discuss with you your concerns, relevant history and lifestyle factors as well as your current skincare regime. Your skin will then be assessed, and a skincare and treatment plan recommended for you.
Can I wear makeup to my appointment?
While we would prefer for you to arrive makeup-free, we understand that this is not always possible and have products on hand to thoroughly cleanse your skin prior to your assessment.
Do I need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything to your appointment; however, some patients find it helpful to bring a photo of their current skincare products.
Can I have treatment on the same day?
Until your skin has been assessed and a treatment plan decided, we cannot be certain of the best skin treatment option for you. As many of our treatments require some time and may require some skin preparation, most treatments are not able to be scheduled until after the skin consultation. For lighter treatments such as skin peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and laser genesis, we may be able to allocate extra time on the day, if bookings allow.
Before your first appointment
If this is your first time embarking a on a skincare journey, there are a few things to take into consideration when scheduling your appointments.
- Have you had any sun exposure in the last 2-4 weeks? For many laser treatments, prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for 2-4 weeks prior to your laser appointments, to ensure you receive an effective treatment and avoid the risk of adverse reactions. Similarly, fake tan should also be avoided or will need to be thoroughly removed prior to treatment.
- Have you had any recent injectables? After most injectable treatments, you may be required to wait 2 weeks before having a laser or skin treatment. Occasionally, a four-week wait is recommended. If you are unsure of how long you need to wait when scheduling your appointments, just ask your dermal clinician or cosmetic injector.
- Do you have any active cold sores? Any treatments on the face will need to be postponed until the cold sore has cleared.
- After many laser and skin treatments it may be recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after your treatment.
- Check your social calendar. Downtime after your treatments can vary from a couple of hours to 7 days. During your initial consultation your clinician will discuss if there will be any expected downtime following your treatments, allowing you to plan accordingly.