Non Surgical Procedures FAQ

What types of non-surgical procedures does Aesthetic Surgery Ireland offer?

Preparing for the Non-Surgical Procedure

Who will I see when I visit the practice?

For your first visit for most non-surgical treatments, you will be seen by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatologist. For some IPL laser treatments, such as hair removal, you shall be seen by a Nurse Advisor. You will be asked to complete and sign ‘Personal Contact Details’ and ‘Medical History’ forms. Included in the ‘Personal Contact Details’ form is a request for details of your G.P. We may inform your G.P. of your treatment(s) unless we receive a written request from you not to do so.

Is there anything I should bring to my consultation?

It is important to have a clear understanding of your desires and expectations for your treatment and for the surgeon to understand your expectations. With this in mind it is advisable that you to write down questions you may have for the surgeon or Nurse.

What typically happens during the consultation?

You will first be required to complete a ‘Pre-Operative Screening Form’. You will then spend approximately 30 minutes with the Surgeon discussing your concerns and expectations regarding your treatment. Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the treatments, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous treatments

The surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Discuss the options available to you for the particular treatment
  • Examine the relevant area(s) of your body in preparation for the procedure
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of your treatment or course of treatments
  • Detail possible risks and potential complications

What if I still have questions after my consultation?

You can contact a Nurse Advisor for answers regarding any outstanding questions you may have regarding your treatment.

How much is the non-surgical consultation fee?

The fee for your consultation will be €200. This amount is non-refundable and will not be deducted from the cost of your non-surgical procedure.

When will I learn what my treatment will cost?

At the time of your consultation the Surgeon, Dermatologist or Nurse Advisor will provide an estimate of the fee for your chosen procedure.

How should payment for my treatment fee be made?

The fee for the Services will be given to you during your consultation. This fee quotation is valid for 3 months from the date of the quotation. We accept credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express), cash, bank draft or cheque (providing cheques are received a minimum of 10 working days prior to provision of the Services). Cheques and bank drafts should be made payable to Aesthetic Surgery Ireland Ltd. Post-dated cheques are not acceptable.

Fees are payable on, or before, the date of treatment. We will not be able to perform the Services until payment in full has been received (this means that where you have paid by cheque or by credit or debit card, the funds have reached our bank account and cleared for payment purposes). Should you so wish, fees can be paid in advance for multiple treatments at the time of, or before the first treatment.

What if I have to cancel my Procedure(s)?

If you need to cancel your treatment it is essential that you do so in writing at least 24 hours prior to your date of treatment. You should also state the reason(s) for the cancellation.

What should I do to prepare for my Procedure?

There are several precautions you should undertake just prior to your treatment, including:

  • Avoid any changes to your normal facial skin care routine for one week before your treatment, e.g. facial hair bleaching, exfoliation, electrolysis, waxing, sunbathing and the use of sunbeds.
  • For some laser treatments you may be prescribed oral anti-herpes simplex virus medication as well as oral antibiotics.

The above precautions are general guidelines only. Your Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatologist will inform you of the precautions and preparations you need to take for your particular condition and treatment.

Can I continue to take my prescribed medications in the days leading up to my surgery?

In most cases it is important to continue taking your medications up to and including the day of your surgery. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, so it’s important to inform your Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatologist of the types of medication you are taking now or have used recently.

What should I do if I develop a skin infection before my surgery?

If you notice a significant infection, particularly in the area that is due to be treated, please notify us at once. A course of antibiotics may be able to control the situation. If not, it may be in your best interest to delay your treatment.

What should I do if I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses must be removed prior to any treatment. Please inform the clinic and Nurse Advisors if you wear contact lenses.

Will I have to sign a consent form?

All non-surgical patients are required to sign a ‘Consent Form’ which confirms that the patient has read and understood the various aspects of his/her particular treatment and agrees to undergo the particular procedure. This information includes the treatment process, possible risks and potential complications.

Can I bring a partner, friend or parent to be with me?

Please ask the Surgeon or Nurse Advisor. It may be possible for someone close to you to accompany you to the ASI clinic and to take you home.

During the Non-Surgical Procedure

Will general or local anaesthesia be used during my procedure?

Typically a local anaesthesia is used for non-surgical procedures. Your Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist or Nurse Advisor will explain the type of anaesthesia to be used for your particular treatment and the expected effects of the anaesthesia, e.g. recovery time, precautions, etc. The most common topical anaesthesia used is a cream named EMLA. Some of the dermal fillers now incorporate an anaesthesia ingredient in their composition which negates the need for a topical anaesthetic cream.

How long will my non-surgical treatment last take?

The type of treatment shall determine the length of your treatment. Wrinkle treatments and Dermal Fillers may only take 15 minutes whereas some Laser treatments may take up to 60 minutes.

Will my Treatment be painful?

Generally no. Depending on the type of treatment you undergo, you may experience a slight discomfort but this is usually very temporary. The needles used in the Wrinkle Treatment and Dermal Filler applications are a very small gauge (size) and are similar to those used for neonatal babies. Laser treatments typically cause a snapping sensation against the skin and some lasers help to minimise this sensation by applying a cool air spray onto the treated area.

Where will my non-surgical treatment(s) be performed?

All non-surgical treatments are performed in Aesthetic Surgery Ireland’s new dedicated clinic at 62 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Will the Surgeon or Nurse with whom I have had my consultation perform the actual Procedure?

Unless in unusual circumstances, the surgeon or Nurse with whom you have had your consultation(s) will perform your treatment as he/she is most knowledgeable about your condition and expectations. In the unusual event of your Surgeon or Nurse being unable to perform the procedure due to illness, etc., your consent to a replacement surgeon shall be sought.

After the Non-Surgical Procedure

How soon after my procedure will I be allowed to leave the clinic?

That depends on the kind of treatment you have undergone but typically you can leave the clinic either immediately after or within a very short period of your treatment.

When can I get back to my normal activities?

That will depend on what kind of treatment you have undergone but typically you can return to your normal activities almost immediately after your treatment. You are advised though to check with your Surgeon or Nurse Advisor.

May I wash the area where I’ve had the non-surgical procedure?

Please check with your Surgeon or Nurse Advisor. In most instances it is possible to wash gently, including washing over the treatment or injection site(s).