BOTOX® Consultation: What to Ask

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM


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Once you have made the decision to have BOTOX® and have looked into the experience, training and qualifications of the practitioners, the next step will be the consultation.

Why is a consultation important?

The period of consultation before any BOTOX® treatment is essential as it allows both you and your practitioner to ask some very important questions.

Your practitioner will need to understand:

  • Your full medical history
  • Why you want the procedure
  • Your area of concern and what you want to achieve

They will also need to run through a consent form, which you will be required to sign, once all your questions have been answered.

Patients usually have many questions that they will want answering. Their primary concerns will be around the types of treatment available and the effects they will have. However, there are a number of other questions that should also be asked in order to ensure that the procedure is safe, effective and right for you.

These questions will be discussed below:

It is crucial that you address any issues you are unsure of during this time, as the consultation process underpins everything that follows.

Every new patient at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic begins with a thorough in-depth medical consultation and clinical assessment in order to ascertain suitability for the treatment and manage your expectations. Contact us to find out more.

What should I talk about during my consultation?

The consultation is a chance for you to put forward any questions, queries and concerns you may have to your practitioner.

At some clinics, the person you will see during the consultation may not necessarily be the person who administers your treatment. If this is the case, you should ask about the training and experience of both the professional leading the consultation and the person who will administer the BOTOX® during the procedure.

At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, the Medical Practitioner who performs your BOTOX® consultation will also be the one to carry out your procedure. Before this happens, they will conduct a thorough medical consultation and discuss your individual needs on a one-to-one basis in a relaxed environment. Get in touch for more details.

Common questions to ask during a consultation

Being prepared will help you absorb the information you hear during your consultation more easily and let you make measured decisions on the direction you wish to go. The following is a list of the most commonly asked questions during a consultation. This list is not exhaustive; it is important to bring up any issue on which you are unclear.

Q: Can you let me know what this consultation process will entail?

Having an overview of the session can help you to plan what to ask and may flag up something you think they have missed.

Q: Who will be performing the treatment?

You’ll want to know this so you can make sure they have the correct qualifications and training. It’s also good to become familiar with the person who will be performing your procedure.

Q: How long have they been administering BOTOX®?

The practitioner’s level of experience is a good indicator of their competence.

Q: What are their qualifications and what training do they have?

Similarly, it is important to know if the person who will be performing your procedure has the proper training. You may ask to see training certificates. If in any doubt, you may wish to look them up on the appropriate professional register.

Q: Are there any testimonials I can read?

Sometimes it’s easier to believe a third party over someone who wants you to engage their services. Testimonials usually tell you exactly want you need to know about the practitioner. Accompanying before and after pictures of their past work are also excellent proof of competence.

Q: What products do you offer?

BOTOX is the purified protein of botulinum toxin; however, it is not the only brand available. You may wish to know if there are other brands on offer.

It may be that during the consultation period you find that BOTOX® is not right for your needs and that another procedure, such as a dermal filler, may be more appropriate. This is a chance to find out what alternative products are on offer.

Q: How does the treatment work?

Understanding exactly how the treatment achieves its results will not only make you feel more relaxed about the procedure, it will also give you vital information that will allow you to make a decision on whether or not you want to continue with the procedure.

Q: Will I be able to go out in public immediately after the procedure?

Finding out the length of the procedure and how it will affect you immediately afterwards is useful for planning your day.

Q: How long will the effects last?

This will help you to plan appropriately.

Q: Do you provide aftercare?

It is important to know whether or not the clinic will be available for you to contact if you have any questions or requirement following the procedure.

You should also ask if there are any aftercare routines that you will be expected to perform in order for the procedure to work as effectively as possible.

Q: Is there anything I can do if the results are not what I expected?

Sometimes results can take longer than expected to become apparent. It is useful to know if there will be a professional available for contact in case you wish to discuss any post-treatment issues.

Q: How often will I need treatment?

You will want to know this in order to plan your diary accordingly. You may also wish to consider other forms of treatment depending on your requirements.

Having time to think it over

You should have the opportunity to arrange a follow-up appointment if you wish. This will give you time to go home and absorb the information you have received during your initial consultation.

You should also feel no obligation to go ahead with a procedure following a consultation. The decision to have treatment should come from you alone. Some patients wish to go ahead with treatment on the same day as they are confident that all their questions have been addressed.

What if I have last-minute concerns?

It is important that you don’t continue with your procedure if you have any nagging concerns. A reputable clinic will be happy to get to the bottom of any issues that you have so that you are as relaxed as possible going into your procedure.

The members of staff at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic have many years of experience in helping people through the consultation process. They know the importance of allaying all concerns prior to treatment and are happy to go over any points that you may be unclear about. Contact one of our clinics for more details.

We advise to go ahead with the procedure once the following conditions are met:

  • Your practitioner has addressed all your concerns. Make sure the practitioner has fully understood any issues that you have, and if they have not, repeat them until you are confident they understand and you are happy with their explanation.
  • You are happy and comfortable with your practitioner. Ideally, you should be left feeling confident and happy about the proposed treatment. It is important to feel relaxed around the person who will be delivering your treatment.
  • You fully understand what the results will be. The effect of the treatment is the most basic piece of knowledge that needs to be conveyed. Make sure you are realistic about the end results before proceeding.
  • You are clear about what you can and cannot do after the treatment. It may be that you will not need to perform any aftercare procedures following the treatment. However, this should be made perfectly clear during the consultation, along with who to contact should you have further concerns.
  • You have been given plenty of time to make a decision about the type of procedure you would like. The decision to have a treatment should be yours and yours alone. If you feel rushed into any procedure, take a step back and consider what you really want.

Checklist of questions

Below is a checklist of questions to print off and take with you to a consultation:

Checklist

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Can you let me know what this consultation process will entail?

Who will be performing the treatment?

How long have they been administering BOTOX®?

What are their qualifications and what training do they have?

Are there any testimonials I can read?

Can I see some before and after pictures of your work?

What products do you use?

How do the products available on the market differ in their performance?

How does the treatment work?

Are there any side effects?

Will I be able to go out in public immediately after the procedure?

How long will the procedure last?

How long will the effects last?

Will there be any discomfort at all?

Do you provide aftercare?

Is there anything I need to do after the procedure?

How often will I need treatment?

Please click here to download the above checklist.

What do I do next?

To find out more about BOTOX® injections treatment or to consultation, contact us on 01753 646 660.

BOTOX® is approved in the UK to treat several medical conditions including hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the hands, feet, armpits and all-over sweating in general).

The most common areas treated using BOTOX are crow’s feet and frown lines, though it can also be used to treat many other concerns, such as:

*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.

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