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Aesthetic treatments can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially if you have never received any treatments or procedures before. From the needles, numbing cream and numerous products that are involved, it can be normal to feel some level of apprehensiveness. In this blog post, we’ll go through what you can expect at your first aesthetics appointment to ease any tension you may have.

Before your appointment

Research and choose a qualified practitioner 

Ensure your practitioner is qualified, experienced, and certified to perform aesthetic treatments. Look for reviews, before-and-after photos, and perhaps schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and concerns. You can read more about choosing the right practitioner for you here.

Understand the costs 

Aesthetic treatments can be pricey, and costs vary based on the type of treatment, the amount of product used, and the practitioner’s expertise. Get a clear understanding of the costs involved and whether follow-up treatments are necessary.

Avoid blood thinners 

A week before your first aesthetics appointment, avoid medications and supplements that can thin your blood, such as ibuprofen, and vitamin E, as they can increase the risk of bruising. 

Practitioner in pink scrubs and pink gloves - choose a qualified and trusted practitioner for your first aesthetics appointment

During your appointment


Your first aesthetics appointment will begin with a consultation where your practitioner will discuss your goals, examine your facial structure, and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Be honest about your medical history and any medications you’re taking. 

The procedure

The area to be treated will be cleaned, and a topical anaesthetic may be applied to minimise discomfort. The filler or various injectable treatment is then injected into the skin with a suitable needle.


The procedures are relatively quick, often taking between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated. 

Close up shot of hands of practitioner injecting dermal filler into woman's face - discussing about how your first aesthetics appointment works

After your appointment

Immediate aftercare 

Don’t touch, rub, or massage the treated areas for at least 24 hours to prevent the product from spreading to unintended areas. 

Common side effects 

After your first aesthetics appointment, mild swelling, redness, and bruising are common and these should subside within a few days. Applying ice packs and arnica gel/cream can help reduce these effects. 

Long-term care 

Follow-up appointments: Depending on the treatment, you may need follow-up appointments to maintain results.

Skincare routine: Maintain a good skincare routine with gentle cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection to enhance and prolong the results. 

A woman holds the skincare jar - maintaining a gentle skincare routine can be beneficial after your first aesthetics appointment

When to contact your practitioner 

While side effects are usually mild after your first aesthetics appointment, contact your practitioner if you experience severe pain and extensive bruising. If there are signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling in areas not treated, call 999 immediately.