Far more powerful than your hairstylist, way more effective than a makeup artist and much less physically demanding than any personal trainer, a board-certified aesthetic physician can literally work wonders to make you look your absolute best, at any age.
But if you go into a personal meltdown at the thought of placing yourself in the hands of an unknown aesthetic physician, you really should not. If you do your homework, finding your perfect fit should be no more difficult than choosing which series to binge-watch on Netflix this month (and the answer to that is unequivocally Bodyguard, btw, a huge hit from the BBC that starts streaming on October 24).
At HintMD, we believe that when it comes to optimizing what nature gave you, whether it be through injectables, lasers, chemical peels or medical-grade skincare, only the very best will do. So, instead of blindly selecting a physician from the internet or believing in a too-good-to-be-true deal you’ve seen in a local magazine, trust in us. We only partner with the best, so if you sign up for an aesthetic subscription through HintMD, you can rest assured you will never be short-changed at the doctor’s office.
Interested in a beauty membership and signing up for a personalized treatment plan? Then let us help you connect with an experienced, highly-professional provider in your area – click here for more information. In the meantime, here are a few pointers to nailing your own personal search.
Ensure They’re Certified
Worryingly, any doctor can undergo any kind of procedure, meaning there are far too many body-altering surgeons in the world of aesthetics who shouldn’t be. Our advice? Only ever use a board-certified physician who has undergone years of training. Never be afraid to ask to see their credentials, and look out for certification from the likes of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Make The Most Of Your Consultation
A consultation with a potential physician is imperative so make the most of this time to sound them out. Ask a whole bunch of questions and pay attention to whether they listen to you intently and answer in an understandable and knowledgeable way. We all know the old adage, ‘practice makes perfect’ and this has never been truer than in the world of aesthetics, so ask how many times they’ve carried out the specific procedure you’re interested in, and for how long. Insist on seeing valid references, as well as before and after photos of previous patients. Will someone be assisting with your procedure? Check they’re fully qualified, too. Discuss your motives and expectations and listen to any alternatives offered. You may have strong beliefs about the results you want to achieve, but remember, they are the experts and if they believe a different procedure will be more beneficial it’s vital they communicate this without pressuring you to consider anything you’re not comfortable with.
Worried about forgetting something important during your consultation? Then write your questions down, so you don’t forget anything in the heat of the moment. Trust us, when it comes to undergoing major changes to your looks, the more prepared you are, the better.
Ask Yourself: Are You Compatible?
Nobody wants a highly skilled surgeon with a poor bedside manner. This is why personality traits such as confidence, honesty and a friendly nature are, in our minds, just as important as good credentials and experience. If a potential physician is unwilling to answer your questions, promises an unrealistic quick fix, or simply makes you feel uncomfortable putting your body, skin or hair in their hands, then trust your instincts and walk away. But don’t lose faith. They might not be for you, but there will be a physician out there who will be.
Avoid Cheap Deals
As with most things in life, money is always a factor in decision-making, but beware of choosing a cut-price bargain. If a treatment sounds too-good-to-be-true, chances are, there’s a reason for it. Do you really want to take that risk when it’s your body at stake? Not to mention the possible costs for corrective procedures in the future? Not. Worth. It.
Instead, ask your doctor whether they offer an aesthetic subscription program that allows you to crush your aesthetic goals through affordable monthly payments rather than forking out for them all in one go. And if you’ve found your perfect physician match only to discover they don’t offer aesthetic subscriptions? Not a problem, get them to contact us, here. Simple!