The five questions you should be asking your skin doctor

The five questions you should be asking your skin doctor

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Text: Lam Bee Lan

Dr Lam Bee Lan gives us the lowdown on what you should really be asking your skin doctor at your next appointment

1. How should I prepare for my treatment?
We encourage our patients to practice exfoliation before they arrive for the treatment so that they can maximise the effectiveness of the treatment. Avoid sun-tanning or outdoor sports prior to your treatment as your melanin cells may be activated and that may cause pigmentation.

2. What is the actual downtime for the procedure?
There is a range of side effects that can accompany aesthetic treatments. These can range from redness of the skin and peeling to swelling and hives for particularly sensitive skin. Hence, it is important to find out the extent of downtime and side effects. Of course, side effects vary from patient to patient, so one should ask for the best and worst case scenarios to understand the downtime and post-treatment care needed. Check with your doctor whether you are able to meet clients immediately after a treatments and whether you need to spend any time at home to get a good indication of your real downtime.

3. What are the side effects one should know about?
Although non-invasive aesthetic treatments often produce little to no side effects, there are cases where patients with more sensitive skin can experience redness, swelling, rashes, hives, oozing, crusting, brown flaking, sensitivity and a very small risk of scarring and pigmentation changes. Always ensure you are fully aware of the necessary post-treatment care.

4. How does one maintain the results after treatment? What post-treatment care is required?
This is dependant on the treatment you undergo. But the rule of thumb is to stay out of the sun for one to two weeks because our skin is often more sensitive and vulnerable to the sun's UV rays post-treatment. Avoid outdoor sports and sun-tanning. Avoid alcohol because it can dilate blood vessels and affect the circulation and blood flow in your body, which could impact the effectiveness of your procedure.

Sleep face up for one week to allow your skin to heal evenly. Avoid massages and facials and strenuous exercises for one to two weeks. Don't apply any makeup for 24 hours for best results. Lastly don't take any anti-coagulant medication for two to three days.

5. What skin type is suitable for the treatment?
Not all skin is suitable for all treatments. For example, darker skin tones should avoid Intense Pulsed Laser (IPL) as it has the tendency to burn the skin. Find out if the clinic has colour-blind lasers that are suitable for all skin types.

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