Scheduling an Appointment
When scheduling/attending an appointment with an aesthetician for the first time, how can a patient prepare?
If a patient is coming in for the first time for a skin evaluation, preparing a list of products and or medications they are currently on is key. Knowing if you are currently on an antibiotic, Retin-A or Accutane can completely change the proposed treatment plan.
What is a typical appointment like?
The appointment will vary dependant on the treatment or procedure. If a patient is coming in for a facial consultation appointment, upon arrival he/she would be asked to complete a patient intake form. After review, the patient is called back. Once in the treatment room, the patient will share their skin care concerns and their skin will be analyzed under a magnifying lamp. The aesthetician will go over her findings and recommend a treatment plan and a regimen of products for at home care. This might include various treatments including chemical peels, photofacials and or laser.
How often do you recommend a service in order to see results?
Dependant on the severity of the patient's skin, treatments might be as often as every two weeks to every four to six. In some cases every three months.
Sally's Top Skincare Tips
Number one skincare tip is to seek advice from a skincare professional who can recommend a custom skin care regimen. Everyone’s skin is different. With that in mind, what might be an amazing product for your Sister could be completely incompatible with your specific skin type. You will be amazed at how a tailored skincare regimen can greatly improve your skins health.
The second is SPF, SPF, SPF!!!! I cannot say this enough. A physical sunscreen, containing either a zinc oxide or a titanium dioxide is the best kept secret. My favorite SPF is from Image skincare; their hydrating moisturizer SPF 30 is so sheer and light. It contains 18% zinc oxide yet it has a lovely scent and creamy texture. Protecting your skin is the absolutely top skincare tip.
Lastly, the “secret to the stars” tip is incorporating a retinol into your skincare regimen. This will promote a healthy cellular turnover. There was a thermal imaging study done between a 4yr old and a 40yr old. The big difference was, the 4yr old had no dead skin! Incorporating a retinol into your regimen will help shed that unwanted dead skin. In turn it will assist with diminishing fine lines, improving the tone and texture of your skin and giving you a much more even tone appearance.