Updated: 6 days ago
The most important step you should take on your journey before any needle or product is put to your skin is the consultation with your practitioner! It may seem like an inconvenience for you to attend a consultation and then come back to clinic on another day for your treatment but there are good reasons for practicing like this. You'll be unlikely to have a consultation and treatment on the same day with us.
What is the consultation?
In a nutshell; The consultation is a vital part of anyones journey to treatments. The primary purposes of this process is to establish what has bought you to the clinic and the reasons for this are the right reasons, to allow us to understand your medical history, to ensure the treatment you think you need is actually the right treatment for you, to ensure that there is no underlying medical reason that prevents you from undergoing the treatment, to ensure that you are kept as safe a possible.
Let break down the consultation into smaller parts:
Collecting Medical History
The consultation allows us to establish any medical conditions you have along with any surgical history and any prescription medicines or over the counter medicines you may be taking. By allowing us to obtain this information our practitioners will be better placed to ensure that any treatments we may offer you will not affect your health or interact with any of your medications you may be taking. This is why it's vitally important that you provide us with accurate information during this process. We don't ask just to be nosey, we ask to keep you safe and from harm. So even if you think it's insignificant it's important that you inform us. Naturally, this allows us to ensure that there are no contraindications for the treatment. We may also request that you obtain a letter from your GP for certain treatments. PS: you'll be asked about this every single time you visit us as sometimes things change.
Initially the process may seem daunting and overwhelming but we're not here to judge or belittle you. We're here to see if there are any ways we can help you. During the consultation you should be free to talk about what concerns you and our practitioners are attentive and listen carefully to what you are telling them. They may take notes whilst you're talking and these notes will form part of your medical notes that we hold about you. During this time you'll also be able to talk freely about your goals and desired outcomes. This is often when you'll advise us of which treatment you think you'll need. By talking with our friendly team you'll be building trust and trust works both ways.
You should also expect to receive some sort of examination or analysis completed during your consultation. This allows us to understand your concerns at a deeper level. It also allows us to establish if the treatment you're asking for is the correct treatment for you to work towards your end goal and desires. During the examination you should expect that the clinician lays hands on and is palpating areas of you (similar to visiting the GP) they may also use some specialist equipment. It sounds scary but should be a vital part of the consultation.
Creating a plan
Only after a lot of talking, writing and analysis is it possible to formulate a plan. During this part of the consultation you may be surprised to learn that what treatment you thought you would need is actually not the treatment that we recommend. Our expert team will carefully create a bespoke treatment plan with all the options for the concerns you have, including the option to not have treatment at all. We may also advise you that your concerns are not something we can help with and will advise you on where to seek help, we could also; with your consent refer you to another practitioner who specialises in that singular area of treatment.
We will talk to you about any risks that are involved with the treatments and the frequency of treatments as well at this point, unfortunately, not many treatments are a quick fix or permanent. We want to ensure you're able to make an informed decision about your treatments. Also, please don't be offended if we refuse to treat you; often it's not because we can't, it is usually due to something that we have found during examination, your medical history or that we just don't feel that offering a treatment is the best course of action for you. This is our right also to refuse treatment.
After the consultation
After the consultation you'll be able to leave with a greater understanding of the treatments recommended, the risks involved with the treatments and the commitment you'll need to make. You'll be able to think about the treatment and weigh up the pro's and con's to the treatment or treatments. You'll be able to contact us should any questions come to mind that you didn't think of during the consultation.
So now, you have thought about the treatment and have decided that you're willing to make the commitment and understand the risks and the treatment that has been recommended we're happy to schedule you an appointment. We're also not offended if you decide not to proceed with treatment because we know that we have done our job properly if that is the case and that having treatment probably wasn't right for you.
The consultation is a two way process that allows us to understand you and you to understand us. It allows us to ensure a treatment is safe for you and is the right treatment for you. It will allow our prescribing nurse to issue a prescription to obtain the medicines that are only available with a prescription.