The Ryder Clinic in St Albans, Hertfordshire offer a range of laser beauty treatments.

Before making any sort of decision, you need to make sure you do your research carefully to ensure the clinic is safe and you are getting the best price for whatever service you choose. Also, do set up a consultation appointment to get a better idea of what you are getting into.

During your consultation, you should ask questions about the clinic and their technicians. This is to ensure that they help to erase any doubts and concerns you may have. They will also work with you to see what kind of treatment is best suited for you.

Bring a list of questions with you, just like the ones below to ensure that all the bases are covered.

Waiting-room-233x3001. What are possible side effects?

Side effects can range from redness to some discomfort. You should make sure your consultation outlines in detail all the possible side effects, so you can make an informed decision. If you are not willing to experience the side effects they tell you, then it’s probably not a good idea to go through with the procedure.

2. Will it hurt?

Carefully consider your pain threshold.

3. How experienced are the technicians/practitioners?

You have a right to request this information, including where they got their training from. If they seem hesitant, go to another clinic. A reliable clinic should be proud to tell you of their team’s credentials.

4. What happens if I am not happy with my results?

Ask if you can get a refund, even a partial one. Some places will offer additional treatments at no charge.

5. Is there anything that might not make me a good candidate for laser treatments?

If you are pregnant or taking certain medications, you should consult with the clinic to see if there might be any complications that arise. You might not be eligible for certain treatments. Also, if you have certain skin conditions, you should let the practitioner know or else you might end up with serious side effects such as tissue damage or burns.

6. Will I be needing aesthetic during the procedure?

Depending on if you’re really sensitive to the pain after your first treatment, ask the clinic if they provide anaesthetic. Just because you’re undergoing treatment doesn’t mean you need to be totally uncomfortable.

7. How long with the laser treatment take?

Depending on what you are doing, it may take anywhere from a few short sessions to over a span of a few weeks. Also ask how long you need to wait between sessions, as that will determine the time-frame of your laser treatment.

8. How much will it cost?

Make sure the clinic outlines all fees, including any possible hidden fees, such as aesthetic or any extra charges. You want to make an informed decision, so you should have a right to know exactly what you are paying. You can find Ryder Clinic’s comprehensive pricing list here.

Anaesthetic-machine-278x3009. Will I need any follow-up treatments?

This might add to the cost of your sessions. Have the clinic add up this cost as well.

10. How many sessions do I need?

After they give you a quote on this, ask about how many sessions other patients have had.

11. Are there any possible side effects?

Redness and some stinging is common with laser treatments. Ask about what has happened to patients who have undergone the same treatment to get an overall picture.

12. Is there a pre-laser checklist I should be aware of?

The clinic should go through your medical history with you before you do anything. Also, they should have a list you need to check off (such as do you have a real or fake tan, is your skin clear of any product) before you begin your sessions with them.

If you would like further advice then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss and guide you towards the most appropriate laser treatment for your skin condition.

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