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Getting your head around treatments

Written by
Chloe James

The unknown can be exciting, but it can also be daunting, too. It’s true of anything – starting a new job, ending a relationship, visiting a new place, and even getting a cosmetic treatment. Whether you’re a total treatment newbie, or a seasoned cosmetics’ fan, it’s totally natural to feel nervous and unsure what to expect.

Thankfully, that’s where we come in. To help you understand the cosmetic treatments’ process, we’ve put together your step-by-step guide – so you can make your experience as happy and stress-free as possible.

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Adjust your mindset

First thing’s first: there’s no such thing as perfection. Any cosmetic journey that sets perfection as the destination is only going to end in disappointment. Your goal should be to become the best version of yourself – not an entirely different person.

Cutting out negative self-talk, avoiding over-scrutinising your appearance, and accepting you for you are all key to making your cosmetic journey a happy one. Also, remember that it’s a privilege to age. Nobody looks the same at 50 as they do at 25, and that’s more than OK. We understand that, sometimes, these things are easier said than done, but even small steps towards self-acceptance can have a big impact.

Identify your concerns

Tempting though it may be to tackle everything at once, remember that the treatments you want today will still be here tomorrow. If you have multiple concerns, think about what bothers you most. Is it stubborn fat around your chin? Or that line on your forehead that just won’t seem to go away?

Whatever it is, use this as a starting point – and be realistic. Multiple treatments won’t just take a chunk out of your schedule but also your wallet, too. You need to consider that the more treatments you have at once, the more likely it is that you’ll need longer to fully recover.

Educate, educate, educate

It’s the unknown that can make cosmetic treatments feel overwhelming. The easiest way to get to grips with a treatment is to do your research. Read up on what the procedure involves and what you should expect in terms of comfort, side effects, and the recovery period. Make use of your consultation to ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and then some. No question is too niche or too embarrassing. Remember: your practitioner is an expert. They’ve heard it all before.

If the treatment is right for you, this combo of research and questioning should put your mind at ease. However, you may also realise that there’s something better suited to your needs along the way. Perhaps you think Botox is the solution to your wrinkles, but discover that it’s filler that’ll smooth those lines around your mouth. Or maybe you planned to undergo a rhinoplasty, but realised non-surgical rhinoplasty is enough to achieve your goals. Whatever the conclusion, the only way to reach it is research.

Understand the technology

It’s safe to say that some preconceptions of cosmetic treatments are slightly outdated. Take Botox, which some still (incorrectly) associate with zero expressions and frozen features. The same negative rep still hits liposuction, too, with many stuck on the lengthy surgery and hefty recovery time of its 1970s origins.

But this is no small industry. It’s worth billions of dollars – and a good chunk of that is poured into researching new techniques and technology. Liposuction, for example, is today an umbrella term for advanced alternatives such as vaser liposuction, which eliminates the need for general anaesthetic and offers a gentler, quicker experience.

Other recent developments include the CuraCater, a device that eliminates the need for needle pricks during procedures such as PRP. Then there are new techniques for rhinoplasty – such as ultrasonic preservation – which uses ultrasound to alter bone and cartilage more precisely, and with a lower risk of bruising or swelling. And whether it’s HIFU or thread lifts, more and more treatments are rivalling face lifts to fight signs of aging – all without the need for surgery.

Notice a pattern? The more we progress, the gentler treatments become. There are even stricter guidelines in place to improve safety measures, with the UK becoming the latest in a long line of countries to announce plans to licence non-surgical procedures such as Botox and fillers. Just remember that the industry is always changing for the better.

Commit to the journey

Your cosmetic treatment journey is just that: a journey. Surgical procedures such as liposuction and rhinoplasty may offer one-off, permanent solutions, but most treatments require patience or commitment (and sometimes a little bit of both).

A lot of skin treatments – HydraFacials and microdermabrasion included – require a maintenance routine, just like getting a haircut or a manicure. Others, such as Profhilo and mesotherapy, can take time and multiple sessions to enjoy maximum impact.

Whatever the case, remind yourself that it’s worth it. Just because you can’t see something straight away, doesn’t mean it isn’t working. And while it may feel like your treatment is taking up precious slots in your schedule, remember that you’ll get to reap the benefits in the long term (and spend less time on your makeup and skincare in your day-to-day).

Your first treatment

We get it: it’s a lot. But whether it’s something as quick and easy as Botox, or a surgical procedure like liposuction, the right research is key to getting your head around cosmetic treatments. Take your time, be patient, and enjoy your results.

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