How to Find the Best Laser Clinics in Australia
You can find laser clinics throughout Australia. However, they are not all equal or interchangeable. Some clinics do not hold their standards high enough when it comes to safety, customer satisfaction and quality of services. You do not want to take any chances of something going wrong with any medical treatment, cosmetic or otherwise, so you need to determine the best laser clinics before you arrive at your appointment for services.
Contact the Clinic
The fastest way to determine the quality of a clinic is to book an appointment and see how you are treated throughout the initial contacts with their staff. Is the person booking the appointment professional and responsive? When you visit for a consultation do you feel comfortable that you are in good hands? Often our instincts can detect red flags indicating poor quality of service; it is just a matter of listening to that inner voice.
Word of Mouth and Firsthand Referral
In some cases, you may not realise that the services or products do not meet quality standards until you have a negative experience. The best way to avoid this is spending time researching the laser clinics in your area of Australia. Look for information on the clinic’s website, and call them up to ask questions if you cannot find all of the information you need online. If you have not been personally referred to the clinic, you may even want to ask to speak to some of their patients to hear firsthand accounts of their experience.
Indicators of Quality for an Australian Laser Clinic
The following are some of the factors you should consider when analysing the quality and trustworthiness of a laser clinic in Australia:
- Treatment providers: Some clinics allow assistants, nurses or other staff members to administer injectable treatments like dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections and inexperienced assistants to perform other treatments including laser therapy, skin tightening, facial rejuvenation, and chemical peels. This increases your risk of something going wrong, since those staff members have not been adequately trained. Ensure that the person providing your injectables procedure is a doctor and your other treatments are performed by well trained, clinical expert with specific experience in the treatment he or she is providing.
- Equipment: The best clinics invest in state-of-the-art laser technology certified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). These clinics have top-quality equipment and ensure that their physicians are well trained in the most advanced procedures and methods of treatment. Advanced Dermatology works in partnership with one of the world’s leading laser manufacturers Syneron and is thus always up to date with equipment.
- Follow-Up: The price of your procedure should include a follow-up consultation. You should be given the opportunity to meet with the physician a week or two after your procedure for a post treatment follow up. This gives you the chance to ask questions, and gives the physician the opportunity to check for problems and correct any that might exist.
- Full Disclosure: Physicians should take the time to thoroughly explain procedures and all associated risks to every patient. You should never feel rushed to commit to a procedure, and you should be given satisfactory answers to all of your questions. If it sounds like the physician or other staff members do not fully understand the procedures they offer, you should look for more qualified laser clinics Australia.
Educate Yourself First
While taking the time to consider clinics prior to setting an appointment is important, it is also important to fully understand your treatment options. Your physician should give you information about any cosmetic medical treatment they offer, but you need to show up to the initial consultation with some basic education.
For example, did you know that standard laser hair removal is different from IPL? IPL is often marketed as a more affordable hair removal option, but what many patients do not realise is that this procedure requires more treatment sessions than standard laser hair removal.
When visiting an Australian Laser Clinic, always ask your physician if they use a “true laser.” You should also ask questions regarding the equipment they use, the training they have received in laser hair removal, and how many treatment sessions should be needed to achieve your goals. This information is given after an initial examination during which the physician examines the areas of your body that you want treated.
Laser hair removal should be as safe as possible for all consumers. Advanced Dermatology has lobbied hard for stricter laws to protect consumers, and was the first clinic to comply with the new Health Department Guidelines in Queensland.
At Advanced Dermatology, we are proud of our commitment to providing the highest quality, safest and most effective laser clinic treatments in Australia. We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your needs with our experienced clinicians and proud of a our position as a leading Australian laser clinic.