When things go wrong – how to prevent a “botched” outcome

Date: 01/11/2018

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

Having recently guided a patient through a pretty traumatic outcome following a treatment with another doctor, I feel like the topic this month is rather pertinent. 

Skin peels and resurfacing treatments are amazing. For patients looking for skin rejuvenation, smoother skin, brighter skin and more hydration, skin peels are the bomb.

However, as with ANY treatment whether performed by your beauty therapist, GP, dermatologist or surgeon, there is always risk involved. I would like to give you some tips on what to ask and understand before embarking on a treatment with any professional:

  • Are we treating my skin concerns in the best way possible with this treatment? Is my skin correctly indicated for this kind of treatment?
  • Should I do anything to prepare my skin before the treatment? Often a specific skin care regime is required to prepare the skin for certain peels.
  • Do you need to know what medication I am on before the treatment?
  • What should I expect during the treatment? What should I expect after the treatment?
  • What aftercare routine should I follow? Are dressings necessary? What products should I use post treatment and for how long? Should I come in for any follow-ups so that you can assess my progress?

Research your treatment, learn about the risks, ask questions and most importantly feel informed and educated about what you are agreeing to. Don’t agree to going ahead with a treatment that you don’t feel entirely comfortable with, even if the recommending practitioner is an experienced therapist or doctor. Seek a second opinion if necessary.