Looking for a Serious Skin Treatment? Here’s How to Know You’re Going to the Right Place

Thu, 13 December 2012 1:15PM

So you’ve started to wonder if it’s time to try out this laser business? Or you may be a dermabrasion virgin and want to ensure you visit a clinic with a stellar reputation and results?


Trust me: Google just can’t come up with the goods this time.

See, there is no governing body that polices salons and spas, meaning finding one that is safe, clean and reputable can be a roll of the dice.

When it comes to medical-grade treatments with significant outcomes, there are certain procedures that should only be done under a licensed and trained professional. These include anti-wrinkle injections like Botox, dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, photo-facials or skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, intense pulsed light (IPL) or flashlamp therapy, cosmetic tattooing, skin needling, medical peel exfoliation, microdermabrasion treatments, fraxel laser procedures and thermage skin tightening.

For all of the above, my money is on the medispa, where Western medicine and therapeutic spa environments meet, giving you the right clinical foundation to your treatment with fluff and luxury thrown in for good measure.

“A medispa is a typically a type of cosmetic clinic that is supervised by a licensed health care professional,” explains Dr Will Mooney, leading cosmetic surgeon, regular guest on Channel Nine’s ‘Mornings’ and brainchild behind the new Face Plus Medispa in Bondi Junction.

It’s imperative that you do your homework on finding the right medispa for you, advises Dr Will.

Here’s his checklist:

  • Check how long the business has been operating.
  • Are the therapists and technicians appropriately licensed, where have they trained and to what level? “This is especially important for advanced procedures,” he notes.
  • Always check if there are reasons you shouldn’t have the treatment and only proceed if the intake form at the spa is comprehensive and straightforward.
  • Is there a doctor (or surgeon) in the house?
  • Is there a physician or registered nurse on the premises at all times supervising?

As well as these questions, you also need to be able to ask questions at any stage of your treatment, he adds.

“Before making an appointment, it is a good idea to take a tour of the facility, to ensure that strict sanitary conditions are adhered to. Also observe the way that the customers are treated to give you a good idea of what your treatment will be like.”

Sound like a lot of groundwork? Well you’d be similarly thorough with your childcare or doctor, right?

Having a medical-grade treatment is a big deal, so don’t overlook the finer details.

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:04pm

    Great tips, thank you!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 05:11pm

    I’m just too cautious to try any of these proceedures…
    The benefits don’t outweigh the risks for me.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 07:13pm

    Some great tips, personally I am a little to scared to go for these sort of treatments, too many bad things has happened to people that I know and I am not sure that it is necessary for me.

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:13pm

    A bit too much for me too….!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 11:26pm

    I would hope there is also stringent regulation in place.

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:21am

    Gosh, these points are so important. I shudder to think of what could happen if you didn’t go to a reputable salon. The practionioners are trained and highly skilled in all manner of aseptic and sterile techniques, valuable to avoid infection and complication.

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:31am

    I am actually quite horrified that there is no governing body that manages or controls the standards. That leaves huge room for error and ultimately, injury, in my opinion.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 12:48pm

    There is no way I would get anything done without thoroughly checking them out!!!!!!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:02pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:04pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 15 December 2012 07:12pm

    I was a nurse in a cosmetic surgery clinic for 5 years – these treatments are serious stuff, they can cause serious and permanent scarring if done by clinicians who are less than competent.
    No matter where you go it will be expensive, it is worth paying the extra dollars to go somewhere highly qualified, with doctors and nurses on staff. You only get one body, there are other ways to save money!

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Sun, 16 December 2012 10:37pm

    Important points – thanks!

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Sun, 16 December 2012 10:38pm

    Important points – thank you!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 11:20am

    great informative article :)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 12:07pm

    Thank you for this! I have always wondered what to look out for when booking appointments :)

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 06:13pm

    very interesing

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 3 April 2013 06:18pm

    very informative article

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 25 June 2013 12:29pm

    Yes I think homework is essential with some treatments. Need to know what will be in store for you.


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