Objective Three: Will be competent in consultation techniques, and managing psychological issues

An Aesthetic consultationis an important part of successfully performing aesthetic treatments. The patient’s medical history is reviewed, including past medical history, medications, allergies, and past cosmetic history (including results from previous treatments and side effects if any, surgeries, and satisfaction with outcomes)

Repeated dissatisfaction with past aesthetic treatments can be associated with unrealistic expectations or body dysmorphic disorder and is a contraindication to treatment.

When conducting a consultation, practitioners have a legal and ethical responsibility to consider the four principles of medical ethics. There are four main principles within medical ethics. Aesthetic practitioners need to be aware of, and considerate of these during any consultation or treatment plan. These principles include:

  • Autonomy; respecting the patient’s choice.
  • Beneficence: doing what is in the patient’s best interest.
  • Non-Maleficence; to do no harm.
  • Justice: doing what is best for society