You want to feel you’re in safe hands, right? So do we, which is why we asked the experts – makers of dermal filler Juvéderm and body-contouring treatment CoolSculpting – to round up the four must-ask questions to get the most out of your consultation.
Whether you’re considering aesthetic treatments or don’t think they’re for you, it pays to know the facts, so you can make an informed decision.
But first, a bit about the tweakments…
The lowdown: Hyaluronic acid (HA) – a molecule that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water – occurs naturally in the body, but levels start to deplete when we hit the age of 26.
Given that hydrated skin means plumper, dewy skin, losses contribute to visible ageing. Injectable filler Juvéderm is made from HA, and can be used to redefine the chin and jawline, contour cheekbones, smooth lines and add volume to lips, for natural-looking effects that last from nine months up to two years.
The lowdown: CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that contours the body, permanently removing stubborn areas of fat, with little to no downtime*. It works by gently freezing fat cells in areas such as the abdomen, chin and upper arms – causing them to break down without harming the surrounding tissue – the body then naturally** eliminates the fat cells.
Interested in one of these? Research the treatment first, then book in for a consultation and ask your practitioner the following questions to ensure your results are everything you hope for.
1. What are your credentials?
For injectables, the practitioner should be a trained doctor, dentist or nurse. For both treatments you should be asking how long they’ve been using the products for, and for a record of their experience.
2. Is this the right product and treatment for me?
Be clear about why you’re interested in a treatment and how you hope to look/feel afterwards. Ask which options are most suitable and for a realistic idea of what can be achieved, plus whether there are any risks/side effects.
3. What’s the treatment plan?
Ask for a step-by-step breakdown, so you fully understand the procedure. Find out what follow-up support is provided post-treatment.
4. Have you treated similar patients and can I see examples?
As well as reading trusted reviews (Save Face and RealSelf are excellent resources), ask to see before and after photos of the practitioner’s work and check out their social accounts. You may also be able to attend an open evening or chat with people who have had the treatment you’re considering. If necessary, go elsewhere for a second opinion.
Come and visit us at the GLAMOUR Beauty Festival in London from 8th to 10th March and ask a qualified expert your questions about Juvéderm or CoolSculpting. You can also have a mini consultation in the Juvéderm consultation area. Tickets available on Eventbrite now.