Professional Skin Consultation
As you age, you might find that your skin starts to change. Skin changes due to ageing usually involve:
At Rutland Aesthetics, our clinical director Dr Dhesi works with major skincare brands to provide a professional skin care consultation. By learning more about what skincare consultations involve, you can decide whether booking a free appointment for your skin condition is appropriate.
What does a skin care consultation involve?
Our professional and medical skin care consultation is more in-depth than the discussions you have with your beautician. It involves the expertise of our trained medical professional, who can diagnose and treat various conditions.
During your skin consultation, Dr Dhesi will approach you in the same way he would approach any patient. As a result, he’ll take a thorough history that looks at:
- Your past medical conditions
- Any medications you are taking
- Previous surgeries
- Previous cosmetic interventions
- Your family’s medical history
- What your skincare expectations are
To ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment, Dr Dhesi will listen to your concerns and take them seriously. A skin care consultation aims to ensure you resolve your cosmetic worries while remaining safe, and feeling comfortable.
At the end of the consultation, Dr Dhesi will either recommend a skincare regime, an alternative treatment, or a combination of the two. Each recommendation is based on unique factors that pertain to you as an individual, allowing you to benefit from a bespoke plan.
What conditions can a skin care consultation treat?
Although a skin consultation may help you tackle some signs of ageing, it may not be appropriate for the more advanced stages. In many cases, it is useful for treating acne vulgaris.
Treating acne vulgaris with a skin care consultationAcne Vulgaris is a common condition that affects a significant proportion of the population. It usually arises between the pre-pubescent and young adult years and is more common in males than females.
Unlike typical acne, acne vulgaris is extensive. It may involve pustules that are painful; redness that spreads across the face, neck, and chest; cysts; whiteheads, and blackheads. Its primary cause is hormonal changes, and although most patients ‘grow out of’ the condition after their young adult years, for some it carries on.
A professional skin care consultation will assess the underlying reasons for your acne vulgaris. Your doctor will then make recommendations regarding your lifestyle and skincare routine, which will include products that are effective at tackling acne. For example, Dr Dhesi works with Neostrata, which provides an acne treatment range featuring salicylic acid. As a highly effective therapy that reduces inflammation and encourages new cell growth, it is ideal for some types of acne, but not others.
Treating pigmentation with a skin care consultationAs you age, you are more likely to experience pigmentation. Pigmentation involves dark or red patches that appear on the skin. Such patches are darker than the surrounding skin tone, making them pronounced.
When pigmentation occurs on the face, it can leave patients feeling self-conscious. Depending on the degree of pigmentation you are suffering from, you may benefit from using specific skin care products.
For example, Skin Actives produce brightening cream that reduces the appearance of pigmentation. Based on his assessment of your condition, Dr Dhesi can recommend products that even your skin’s tone. Using his medical background, he can identify which combination of products will have the best effects.
Slowing the ageing process with a skin care consultationPigmentation is not the only side effect of ageing. Most people will also encounter sagging skin, plus wrinkles. While they are both inevitable, and it is not possible to prevent them entirely, a skin care consultation can slow their progress.
Wrinkles and sagging skin occur due to natural processes that are beyond your control:
- As you age, you produce less collagen. Collagen is the protein that is responsible for keeping your skin plump and supporting cellular structure throughout your body.
- Also, you produce less elastin. Elastin provides your skin with elasticity and allows it to spring back into shape and remain taut.
- The facial movements you make throughout your life weaken your skin and the muscles beneath it. As a result, they contribute to wrinkling and sagging.
When combined, the above three factors contribute to the ageing process. Although they happen to everyone, Dr Dhesi can use your skin care consultation as an opportunity to identify products that will slow down the ageing process.
Tackling sallow skinSallow skin is that looks unhealthy. Over time, your skin comes into contact with pollutants. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, encountering contaminants is inevitable.
When pollutants come into contact with your skin, an oxidation process allows them to convert into free radicals. Without the right protection, free radicals break down the skin’s cellular structure, causing it to look sallow and tired.
Depending on your skin’s original state, your definition of sallow and tired may include:
- Skin that has become pale
- Skin that is blotchy
- A yellow or brown tone
- A loss of your natural complexion
To an extent, changing your lifestyle factors will address sallow skin. This includes quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, and getting more sleep. At the same time, you can benefit from a skin consultation that points you in the direction of products that restore your skin’s former complexion.
At your skin care consultation, you will discuss the lifestyle factors that may cause your sallow skin. While some are unavoidable, others are changeable. Dr Dhesi will also determine whether your hormonal, age, or skin profile requires particular products and make his recommendations accordingly. At present, he works with three leading skin care brands:
- Skin Actives
Each of the brands uses fine-tuned ingredients to tackle sallow skin. With a thorough consultation, you can find the right ones.
Why use a doctor for a skin consultation?
Although beauticians have a wealth of experience in providing skin care therapies such as facials, they may not have the medical background that allows them to identify why your skin is presenting with the problems it faces. In contrast, a medic can perform tests and highlight signs that indicate the need for specific treatments. This means they will let your skin lead them to the product, rather than allowing the product itself to lead the way.
Better knowledge of your skin and the factors that affect it
It is often challenging to determine whether the conditions you are encountering arise from the skin’s upper layer or the next layer down. These are called the epidermis and the dermis. With a sound knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology, the doctor leading your professional skin care consultations can highlight where the problem comes from. Afterwards, they will link it with a product that is relevant to your needs.
Treatments that are safe and effective
Sometimes, specific skincare products will make your cosmetic concerns worse rather than better. As such, turning to someone with medical expertise ensures you do not encounter the wrong ingredients or approaches. At the same time, if Dr Dhesi believes there is a non-cosmetic cause for your skin concerns, he will highlight them in the skin consultation and encourage you to seek treatment for your underlying condition.
How Rutland Aesthetics will help you
At Rutland Aesthetics, Dr Dhesi is our clinical director. With a strong background as a GP and a British Army medic, he also has specialised training in Aesthetic Medicine. Using his expertise, he will conduct a skin care consultation that identifies the conditions you are experiencing and will make product recommendations accordingly.
At Rutland Aesthetics, we remain firmly committed to forming treatment plans that are bespoke and tailored to your needs. As such, if Dr Dhesi believes you could benefit from a procedure other than a skin consultation, he will provide you with the right guidance.
If you are interested in our skin care consultations and would like to make an appointment, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team.