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This question is a regular via email and DMs on social media. Sometimes people also send us selfies to help with the quotes.
Prospective patients may be asking about specific treatment options such as injectables - anti wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers - or skincare or fat dissolving treatments.
The short answer is, it depends.
As an AHPRA registered professional, I cannot conduct consultations via DMs and even emails until we have established a therapeutic relationship with you that must be documented. Even after we have met in person, much as you’d expect with other doctors, it is not possible to provide ongoing regular advice via emails or text messages. AHPRA specifically requires us to maintain an appropriate doctor-patient boundary that is meant to safeguard you, and us. This is why unless it is a quick yes or no answer or we have planned a followup, most replies will result in brief advice and “please book another appointment if you wish to discuss this further”.
As to the rest - how much is it likely to cost and how much should I budget?
The answer to this, truly, is “it depends”.
What factors might play a role?
1. Your age
The younger you are, the less ageing related changes and the less outlay needed to begin to address the concern at hand. Whether that is acne, or pigmentation or volume loss in the face or even lines and wrinkles.
2. Your basic genetics
Not all of us will age the same. Our ethnicity as well as lifestyle factors and other medical history (or lack thereof) will play a significant role in how we age, as will our basic bone structure.
3. LIfestyle factors
By now we all know, I hope, that chronic sun exposure, even if unintended, can have a lasting impact on how your skin will age, including lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, faster collagen depletion and volume loss. The WHO estimates that as much as 90% of skin ageing is due to UV exposure. Add in factors such as smoking and these will add up quickly to more work needed just to begin to undo some of the damage.
The Initial Consultation
The initial consultation is where we meet and begin to address some of these and other factors, in conjunction with your concerns. We take a medical history of not only your health, but any illness, medications as well as prior aesthetic work which may have an impact on future work.
We take baseline pictures of your face at different angles and then we assess your concerns together - what they represent, and how and IF we can address them. We discuss what can be improved non surgically, what needs surgery if you can budget for it and what cannot.
At this stage, I can give you a pretty good idea of what your concerns mean, and how I can help, the timeframe needed and degree of investment required, both of time, frequency and money so you can decide whether you want to proceed or not.
Due to my training I tend to approach everything as a continuum - what can we do now, in the medium term and then longterm and how they can all build on each other to give you the best possible result if you stay the course. My goal, always, is a longterm therapeutic relationship with my patients because we know that gives best results.
At our initial consultation, I can also more acccurately guide you as to “how much” in terms of quantities as well as costs and timeframe.
As a guide:
When we meet, I am assessing your face not only in still photos but also in animation because this is where many people go wrong - they may look great in selfies but “wrong” when animating if overfilled or overtreated.
All this planning and execution takes time, attention to detail and education. It also needs a realistic discussion about your willingness to commit and to budget because you will not get best results if you are likely to struggle to remain consistent.
For this reason and many more as well as the medicolegal concerns, my opinion is that it is always a good idea to invest in an initial consultation with an open mind to understand what your concerns mean, and how they can be helped, and then to decide if you want to invest in the treatment options so as to avoid shortchanging yourself. Our price guide is regularly updated, but should give you some idea of how much you can expect to spend - the more concerns you have, the more significant the cost initially. I always say to patients it is like buying a car - there is a big upfront cost, then servicing is more manageable to keep it all running smoothly.
No two faces are the same or have the same concerns, so a personalised, realistic treatment plan is the first step to getting the help you want with your aesthetic goals.
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text us (0413174654) your vaccination certificate as soon after booking as you can. We will not be able to see anyone for treatments or confirm appointments without this.
In the interest of full disclosure, transparency and patient safety, all patient facing staff will be fully vaccinated by the time of reopening. Please read our reopening FAQ for more information.