The Importance of the Initial Consultation
1. To collect medical records
A thorough, in depth form is completed by the patient during the consultation process. This is to find out about any current or previous medical conditions and medication that may impact aesthetic treatment.
The definition of a contraindication is ‘a sign that someone should not continue with a particular medicine or treatment because it might be harmful.’ Often, patients may not realise that a condition, medication or even supplement may have a negative effect on treatment, and this is why it is so important for the consultation to be extensive.
3. Build trust
The consultation is an opportunity for the patient and medical practitioner to meet and discuss the patient’s concerns, goals and desired outcome. Often, consultations can take well over an hour to cover all topics and ensure both the patient and practitioner are happy to proceed with treatment. It is also imperative that the patient is made to feel like they can ask questions, feel safe and comfortable and that it is not about just taking the money for the procedure.
4. Full face analysis
In my opinion, a full face, holistic approach should always be taken. If a patient attends the consultation with concerns of under eye hollowing, it is appropriate to assess the full face and consider the fact that loss of volume in the mid face might exacerbate the concern and need to be treated also. In the same way, some concerns may need to be treated with a combination of treatments.
5. Create an appropriate treatment plan
The consultation is all about YOU. The entire time that we spend together will be focussed on your concerns and what you would like to achieve. The consultation is the start of your journey with Anna Medical Aesthetics and I will use this time to recommend all of the treatments that will help you achieve your goals. It is often the case that a combination of treatments is best suited to you, but it is not appropriate to carry out all of these treatments at once. It is also my responsibility to educate you on the maintenance that is expected to keep the results from initial treatment (unfortunately, nothing is permanent!).
Consultations are SO important. In some cases, my patients will return for more than one consultation to feel fully confident and educated before proceeding with treatment which I am more than happy to do!