Looking for a Serious Skin Treatment? Here’s How to Know You’re Going to the Right Place
Thu, 13 December 2012 1:15PM
So you’ve started to wonder if it’s time to try out this laser business? Or you may be a dermabrasion virgin and want to ensure you visit a clinic with a stellar reputation and results?
Trust me: Google just can’t come up with the goods this time.
See, there is no governing body that polices salons and spas, meaning finding one that is safe, clean and reputable can be a roll of the dice.
When it comes to medical-grade treatments with significant outcomes, there are certain procedures that should only be done under a licensed and trained professional. These include anti-wrinkle injections like Botox, dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, photo-facials or skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, intense pulsed light (IPL) or flashlamp therapy, cosmetic tattooing, skin needling, medical peel exfoliation, microdermabrasion treatments, fraxel laser procedures and thermage skin tightening.
For all of the above, my money is on the medispa, where Western medicine and therapeutic spa environments meet, giving you the right clinical foundation to your treatment with fluff and luxury thrown in for good measure.
“A medispa is a typically a type of cosmetic clinic that is supervised by a licensed health care professional,” explains Dr Will Mooney, leading cosmetic surgeon, regular guest on Channel Nine’s ‘Mornings’ and brainchild behind the new Face Plus Medispa in Bondi Junction.
It’s imperative that you do your homework on finding the right medispa for you, advises Dr Will.
Here’s his checklist:
- Check how long the business has been operating.
- Are the therapists and technicians appropriately licensed, where have they trained and to what level? “This is especially important for advanced procedures,” he notes.
- Always check if there are reasons you shouldn’t have the treatment and only proceed if the intake form at the spa is comprehensive and straightforward.
- Is there a doctor (or surgeon) in the house?
- Is there a physician or registered nurse on the premises at all times supervising?
As well as these questions, you also need to be able to ask questions at any stage of your treatment, he adds.
“Before making an appointment, it is a good idea to take a tour of the facility, to ensure that strict sanitary conditions are adhered to. Also observe the way that the customers are treated to give you a good idea of what your treatment will be like.”
Sound like a lot of groundwork? Well you’d be similarly thorough with your childcare or doctor, right?
Having a medical-grade treatment is a big deal, so don’t overlook the finer details.
Posted by: ecb