As medical aesthetic specialists, we are always trying to improve patient outcomes. And with medicine and aesthetics working together, aesthetics has moved faster than most industries over the last few years.
Everybody is looking for the holy grail and a lot has been written about combined modalities over the last decade.
When working in medical aesthetics however, we should not be looking for the newest, flashiest or shiniest. What matters is the outcome and delivering it safely.
Cost of treatment is nearly always a concern for the patient. Therefore, professionals need to provide treatments that are as cost effective and effective as possible, for all budgets.
The story of the tortoise and the hare is an old one but is still pertinent today. Not everyone can take the route of the hare in affordability, but that does not exclude them from treatment options that will produce similar results in a more controlled way. In fact, sometimes less is more.
When you combine medical training into the aesthetics field, you have a much better understanding of this. Understanding the fundamentals of wound healing are the key. Being overzealous can increase inflammation and increase the healing time. We all heal differently and at different rates and understanding how each individual heals will enable a better treatment.
If you are slow to heal, susceptible to increased scarring, have a medical condition like diabetes, hormone deficiency, vitamin deficiency or other medical health concern, aiming for quicker results may not be appropriate when advising of treatments.
Patients often wonder why we give them several options at consultation. In medical aesthetics we take a complete medical history. You will only see a Doctor who is proficient in how your medical history will affect treatment outcomes and therefore give you an accurate and honest opinion of which treatment options are best for you. It may not be the newest, flashiest or shiniest machine or product on the market.
Medical professionals will ask themselves ‘what is the safest and most effective way to achieve the desired result?’
For a semi-invasive procedure i.e. one which disrupts or interferes with the outer layers of the skin, it is best to wait four to six weeks between treatments. This enables a complete healing cycle and new collagen production. Carrying out adjunct treatments during this time will introduce further inflammation that may delay healing and may reduce the desired outcome.
It is therefore considered best practice to start small and slow, not jump in with both feet.
This is the story of the tortoise and the hare.
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