Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog explains what happens at the initial assessment for any botox patients he sees.
The assessment is the time the patient can have all their questions and concerns answered in an unhurried manner and non threatening environment. This is critical for the patient and then they can go home and think about all the options and whether they want to proceed with any treatment and if that particular facial aesthetics practitioner is best suited for their needs.
Now lets look at the questions I would typically ask at the initial assessment for botox patients. The questions are open ended, this is so the patient can explain in more detail what their requirements are and what kind of results they would like to achieve. It also stops me putting words into the patients mouth.
I normally start off with 4 questions and with these 4 questions I can get a good idea on what treatment I would recommend, whether it be botox or fillers.
Here are the 4 questions I would ask:
– HOW CAN I HELP YOU – SKIN COMPLEXION,LINES/WRINKLES, VOLUME
– WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT, THAT BOTHERS YOU
– HOW LONG BOTHERED YOU AND WHY NOW
– IF HAD DONE BEFORE – WHY CHANGED
Once I have had the answers the patient wants to give me I then explain certain procedures and use a number of props to better demonstrate what botox or dermal fillers can do and what the typical results may look like.
I dont use all the propos all the time, just the best suited for the patients needs and these included:
– PT MIRROR OR PHOTOS – some patients are happy holding a mirror in front of them and pointing areas of concerns. Whilst other patients f not want to point to their lines and feel self conscious. Therefore I find talking a photo for these patients, makes them distance themselves from the face and mirror and they are more open too point to areas of concerns.
– POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS – I have a number of before ad after photos for various treatments such as botox, dermal fillers, but also in each division, lets say, botox, I have sub divided this into different areas and different kinds of final results that can be achieved. Once I know what areas the patient wants treated with botox and what final result they desire I can choose the correct case to demonstrate this to them.
– USE ALLERGAN 3D POSTER – this is a 3d image of all the muscles in the face. This is useful for anyone considering botox and only wanted a particular area. With this 3d muscle poster I can show how the muscles interact with each other and why it maybe not ideal just to have 1 area.
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