Taking care of the pennies…

One of the biggest issues Nurse Kumar has is patients coming in to her clinics asking for a procedure  they have heard about.  “Women are more savvy than ever in their research,” she says.  “There is a lot of information in the media, and now television programmes that cover aesthetic procedures.”  The problem is that one size most certainly does not fit all. “It might not be the right thing for the patient so you have to be very careful not to go by just what they say they think they need.  Part of the skill is to recommend and advise so people can get the results they want.”

Tip – ‘Do your research for sure but stay open to what the expert you sees recommends; it’s more important that you research your cosmetic practitioner. 

One important aspect of being a top practitioner is respecting clients’ finances. “I tailor the plan according to their budget. If I know it’s a short term fix and they don’t have much money, then I think differently because people have a limited amount of money and I don’t want them to feel embarrassed if they can’t afford an extensive treatment plan.”

Still the most popular treatments in her practice are fillers and Botox… normally in combination. “But I do recommend peels, perhaps an enzyme peel where you just remove the dead skin to a glycolic peel to decongest the skin or for low grade acne or pigmentation.”

It’s a vastly different world from Nurse Kumar’s seventeen years spent in child protection and child health.  “If children disclosed to members of school staff, or to me, that they could have been abused, sexually, emotionally or physically,  I would get involved with the police and social services.  But I was also educating teachers on medical conditions they should be able to spot in children….such as diabetes, epilepsy and allergies and eczema.”

Tip – ‘I’ve noticed an increase in clients asking about skincare; they now prefer to buy from an aesthetic clinic than from one of the big name brands in department stores as they are medical grade and more effective.’

She gave emotional help when it came to children’s skin conditions. “One boy in particular had terrible eczema and was being bullied because he looked terrible. It was having such an impact on him.  That’s when I realised the emotional implications of how you look and it made me want to get into aesthetics. In fact one of my first patients was a lady in her fifties who had acne and it was after her sixth treatment she said that for the first time since she was fourteen she had left home without make-up, which was very heartwarming.”

As for the future, “The industry is evolving every day, every minute. There are new gadgets and new machinery but I thing you have got to be really careful when there are so many people trying to start new things all the time because it’s very easy to be manipulated into thinking ‘I’m not a good enough practitioner if I don’t have the latest machine’.  It’s not so much the machine but what you do with it as an aesthetic practitioner that makes you good.”

Reeta Kumar of Rejuvea www.rejuvea.co.uk and Harley Street Skin www.harleystreetskinclinic.com




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