How to choose the right cosmetic practitioner you can trust

Tips for choosing the right cosmetic doctor

Here at 50 So What we get a lot of women (and men too) asking for advice about cosmetic procedures, both non-invasive and invasive.

The most often asked question is, ‘How do I find the right practitioner?’

Here are a few simple guidelines to help you if you’re thinking of getting a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, such as Botox, fillers, laser etc.

1. Always do your research

Check online independent reviews, check out the clinic, who works there, what do they look like (this is often a great way to judge results. If the person behind the desk looks a fright, i.e. overfilled, puffed up and not at all natural – DON’T go in!).

2. Always see a qualified doctor

Check their credentials. How long have they been doing non-invasive cosmetic procedures? How much on-going training do they do? How long have they been doing the particular treatment you want? Don’t be fooled by the word ‘non-invasive’ Botox, fillers, lasers, any injectables need to be performed by a professional. Just because the procedure is classed as ‘non-invasive’ does not mean it doesn’t have side effects or complications.

3. Never make a decision based on cost

You get what you pay for. If you can’t afford it, wait until you can. Save up. It really isn’t worth going to someone because they are cheaper or are offering great deals. Trust us, you will end up spending more money fixing the result than you did on the actual procedure. We speak from experience. Recommendations are always helpful when choosing a clinic, especially if the person recommending the clinic looks fresh and not overdone.

4. A good doctor will NEVER try and upsell you
If you go in just wanting Botox and they start talking about filler, laser and other treatments, walk out. A good doctor will also tell you if you don’t need anything done, or if an alternate treatment will give you a better result. I once went to a clinic to talk about a treatment and had to go to the bathroom. On my way to the bathroom one of the staff-room doors was open, and in front of me was a whiteboard with the days actual sales and bookings in treatments and what the target was for that particular day – they were short by a bit (it was obvious that this particular clinic, were going to push add-on treatments to get to their daily target. Not a great look. Yes, we know a clinic has to make money, but if the clinic is good, with a great reputation, they will get business. Targets will be met (as a good doctor will be booked pretty much most of the time). Needless to say, I walked out and never went back.
5. First impressions count

This starts from the first phone call to book in your consultation. If you don’t get a good impression. Don’t go. Simple. A good doctor will always ask your medical history, want to know of any previous treatments, and will always ask to see you two weeks later for a follow-up. This is extremely important, because it is when you can discuss your results, compare before and afters. Has the treatment worked, were your expectations meet (a good doctor will also manage those expectations). It is imperative that your doctor want to see the results. Follow-up is very important. For both the doctor and yourself.

6. NEVER be afraid to ask questions

You are paying a lot of money, your hard-earned money. The doctor and clinic need to respect this. If you have questions, or are unsure, just ask. A good doctor and clinic has nothing to hide.

7. Lastly, research is essential

Recommendations are very helpful. This is one industry where you get what you pay for – cheap is not best. Go with your gut, it rarely lets you down. Use all the online tools you can, reviews etc. Looking fresher is the goal, a natural look is best. Always ask to see before and afters. A good clinic will respect you, guide you and make you feel comfortable.

  • Remember, if you have any other questions, feel free to email us at editor@50sowhat.com.au. We are always happy to help if we can. A great site, if you want reviews on actual procedures (have they worked, what were they like?) and doctor feedback, is www.realself.com.

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