In safe hands
It’s an early start for me at 6am as I have three dogs to walk and often enjoy a morning run after breakfast. I’m very much into maintaining a healthy lifestyle and go by the ethos ‘start the day as you mean to go on’.
After seeing my son off to school, I have a short commute into work, arriving for about 8.30am. I spend the mornings organising prescriptions and carrying out safety checks, including checking the temperature of the medicine fridge. In medical practice it’s important that these checks are carried out to ensure your clinic is continually adhering to regulations.
I then pull out my notes for the day and await a visit from my first customer. Visits can be in the form of consultations, which can take up to an hour because people shouldn’t feel rushed, procedure appointments or reviews. Not all aesthetic practitioners offer reviews as part of their service, but I believe this is an important part of the process. Customers feel looked after when they know they are in safe hands and are likely to return and plan their next appointment with you when you take care of them.
Lunchtime can vary for me, as it tends to be a busy period, with people popping in for appointments during their lunch break. When I can, I like to nip out for some fresh air and a coffee and baguette at a local Inverurie coffee shop. On the rare occasion the sun is out, I might sit in the garden to the rear of the practice and eat my lunch.
My afternoon tends to be packed full of appointments and consultations. I like to spend a lot of time with a new client to educate them on the procedure they are interested in, including the benefits, risks and aftercare. It’s important that they not only feel confident in their decision but also trust that I am the best practitioner to carry out their requirements. I have witnessed an increase in young women asking about lip augmentation, which is very popular at the moment with celebrities and reality TV stars. I think lip augmentation is a great procedure for those with very thin lips, however I also try my best to inform young women about the long-term effects of undergoing the procedure and that the ‘big lip’ look may not be as popular in a few years time.
I recently invested in a new Plasma BT, a non-surgical machine, which is great for acne, skin pigmentation, sagging of the skin, stretch marks and tattoo removal. As the first practitioner in the north-east to invest in this advanced piece of equipment, I have had many clients inquiring about the modern techniques it provides and have witnessed superb results from it. I’m always researching the next best industry trends and techniques and what will provide high quality, yet safe aesthetic methods for my clients.
Depending on how busy I am, I tend to leave the clinic at about 6pm, after finishing up my paperwork, disposing of used products and carrying out the end of day safety checks, I usually work one or two later evenings to about 8.30pm to be able to see clients who can not come in during usual 9-5 working hours.
When I get home, my evening consists of typical household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Having three dogs and two children, there are plenty usual household chores I have to do on a regular basis!
I am due to graduate with a post-graduate diploma in Aesthetics Practice this summer and intend to continue with the second year of the three-year Masters course so I also study for this in my spare time. Having received a distinction for year one, I feel it is a great achievement for me as I am one of only four practitioners in Scotland to have obtained a post-graduate certificate in Aesthetics Practice at Masters degree level.
When I do manage to fit in some me time, I attend a book and gin group every six weeks with my friends. I find this a great opportunity to relax and catch up with them. My daughter boards at Aberdeen City Music School in Dyce, so I visit her during the week when possible to meet up for midweek catch-ups, dinner and shopping.