Dos and Don’ts – What  You Need to Know Before Having an Aesthetic Procedure Done


Written by Gabriella Cirillo

Non-invasive aesthetic procedures were seen as the go-to treatment for women in their forties and beyond, but that’s not the case anymore.

Thanks to younger women such as Kylie Jenner and a whole host of reality TV stars looking for “tweakments” using muscle relaxing or dermal filler injectables, it has now become much more common for women in their twenties and thirties to opt for subtle cosmetic augmentations too.

TV shows like “I want a Famous Face” and “Extreme Makeover”, where characters speak openly about the treatments they’ve undergone, has shifted the mindset of women. In some ways it’s great, as women are now aware of their options and feel empowered in the decisions that they make.

It’s not difficult to be tempted by the thought of looking beautiful or remaining beautiful until we’re six foot under. What’s more, there are also an astonishing number of aesthetic treatments available on the market today. However, we need to consider our options when it comes to procedures, and take each decision seriously.

In fact, think about aesthetics like getting a tattoo. If you were planning on getting one, I’d consider it for months before booking an appointment. You would research the right artist, spend time thinking about the perfect design, sizing and placement, and then scrutinise their portfolios on social media. Few people leap into tattoos as an impulse decision, and I believe we need to think of aesthetics in the same way.

Expert advice

I spoke to Dr Alistair McAlpine MBBCh (Wits), a dual qualified medical doctor and dentist, and now Head of Medical Aesthetics for Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic. He is also an Instructor of various aesthetic procedures.

Dr Alistair is committed to safe and ethical practice across the industry, and is well known for his skilful and subtle hand when it comes to injectables. He’s also renowned for being incredibly responsible when it comes to the care of his patients and prospective patients too, often refusing to treat anybody who he doesn’t feel will benefit from procedures, or will see the kinds of results they want to. Here he shares his thoughts.

  1. In your opinion, what are the top five aesthetic procedures that clients have undergone this year?

  • Injectables – botulinum toxin and fillers
  • Collagen induction treatments- microneedling
  • Body contouring procedures – threads, fillers and energy based devices
  • Chemical peels
  • IV infusions
  1. What are some of the questions patients neglect to—but should—ask during the first consultation with a doctor?

  • What should I do before my treatment?
  • What is the longevity of the treatment?
  • What are the potential complications from a procedure?
  • What is the post-op care following a procedure?
  • What are my options to get the same results?
  1. Lip fillers is one of the procedures that have become extremely popular of late. What should one one consider before undergoing lip augmentation?

At Lightsculpt we are seeing more and more patients wanting to correct lip fillers which have been performed by non-medics. Sadly, it is often women who were tempted by a special offer or low price – but it ends up being far more expensive in the long term.

Take home message

It’s therefore important to note that while treatments can transform your face, they aren’t a miracle procedure, and sometimes, concerns can be more to do with a lack of self-esteem than any physical issue.

So you need to be sure that having a procedure will help you to get past whatever it is you want to change – and that it’s not something more deeply rooted than that. Yes, they can absolutely help to boost your self-esteem and feel more confident in the way that you look. But an impulse decision after a breakup or a belief that getting lip fillers will help get you more Instagram followers is definitely no reason to head to the doctor with a picture of Kylie Jenners lips!

Written by Gabriella Cirillo

A2 Disclaimer: This article is published for information purposes only, nor should it be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice. 

Issue 32 – December 2019 (Summer)

This article was written by Gabriella Cirillo and edited by the A2 team EXCLUSIVELY for the A2 Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Magazine Dec 2019 Edition (Issue 32). 

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