Meet the makers: Who does what at a medical spa or cosmetic surgery facility?
It takes many dedicated people to run a bustling cosmetic surgery facility: doctors, nurses, aestheticians and administrative staff are all on site at any given time. Read on to find out who you’ll encounter from the moment you walk through the door, to your follow-up appointments and how they all play an important role in your experience.
· Front office administrative staff. These friendly and helpful folks welcome you by name, in person or on the phone and answer any questions you have. “They’re the voice and the face,” says Dr. Robert Sleightholm, of the front office staff at the Brampton Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa. “They’ve been here for many, many years and they have lots of experience in our field. They make our clinic feel like one big family.”
· Nurses. During surgeries, scrubbed-in nurses help the doctors, while circulating nurses assist the other medical staff. After surgery, recovery room nurses help patients rest comfortably and get back on their feet.
· Anesthesiologists. For a patient to have a safe and painless operation, an anesthesiologist first has to administer the correct dose of anesthesia. These doctors remain present throughout the surgery.
· Surgeons. Aside from the actual surgeries, plastic surgeons do consultations and follow-up appointments. Plastic surgeons must belong to the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and have finished a five-year residency, after medical school, in order to work in Canada.
· Aestheticians. Aestheticians are trained to do all sorts of procedures, such as facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. But aestheticians at a medical spa are more highly trained in specialties such as laser technology, including hair removal, photorejuvenation, skin tightening and skin resurfacing.
All of these people have different roles, but their goal is the same: to help you enjoy your visit, make it safe and provide the outcome you were looking for.