Frequently Asked Questions

At Absolute Cosmetic Medicine we encourage you to find out as much as you can about a procedure you’re considering. Browse the questions and answers below and if you can’t find an answer, please get in touch with us.

What should the aim of a cosmetic procedure be?

We feel it is important to give natural and subtle results that suit patients’ age and lifestyle. It is better to look good for your age than try to look too young and obvious. Prevention of aging in the younger patient is also extremely important. Most of us will agree – how you look can often affect how you feel about yourself or even how you’re treated by others. Cosmetic procedures are not for everyone, but the popularity is growing and the methods are getting smarter – less risk for better results! Less is often more in the cosmetic field and the range of non-invasive procedures is rapidly growing. Invasive procedures are becoming more refined, simpler and less invasive.

Who is a good candidate?

This depends on the procedure in many cases. The best candidate is someone who wants a natural result and who is realistic in what can be achieved. It is important that no significant life events or major stressors have occurred in the previous six months that may be incorrectly influencing the decision to have the procedure.

Who should not have the procedure?

This is a very difficult question to answer but it has been alluded to above. There are many online questionnaires that can be taken to show patients that they may be suffering from depression, body dysmorphic disorder, or other personality disorders. A patient having surgery to please someone else, or in reaction to a major life stressor is not a good candidate to proceed. Luckily most patients are doing it for the right reason – themselves.

What should I do before my treatment?

This depends on the treatment involved but should include being fully informed regarding the procedure by reading our website and asking for consent forms etc. Never just sign a form. You must read and fully understand what is being said – don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff who are chosen for their compassionate personalities. It is important to realise that procedures can have complications and that major life events such as weddings etc. should not be planned immediately after the procedure.  Also avoiding anti-inflammatories, aspirin, green tea, fish oils, or blood thinning medication is very important to avoid bruising.  Always enquire how long the recovery period is as it is important to take it easy for 24 hours or more after procedures.  Make sure you are aware of exactly how much the procedure is going to cost or the range that the cost could include as some patients can be unrealistic thinking they can have major improvements for very little – when more usually does cost more. Although it is good news that some smaller inexpensive procedures can make large improvements, this is not always the case.

What should I do on the day of my procedure?

Probably the most important thing to do on the day of the procedure is to make sure you arrive on time. There are many procedure specific answers to this question. For small procedures using a numbing cream for half an hour to an hour prior to the treatment to reduce discomfort is a great idea.  This can be bought from the pharmacy and the instructions should be enclosed with the product such as Emla cream. Also bringing an icepack to ice the area is a great idea. We have many methods of reducing discomfort so don’t be concerned (blocks, numbing cream, gas and sedation etc.)

What should I do after the treatment?

As mentioned, this also depends on the treatment being performed. Allowing plenty of time to rest after the procedure and ice is a good idea. To sleep with the head elevated 45° the first night or the part of the body being treated elevated is a good idea to avoid swelling. It is also a good idea (if the treatment is significant) to warn your family or loved ones that you may have some swelling. Always follow the post-treatment instructions closely. For urgent concerns, Dr Murray and the on-call nurse are always available via mobile.