Las Vegas – Improving patients’ nutritional status is a simple but often overlooked tool for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other core aesthetic specialists, said Gregory A. Buford at the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC).
Optimal postsurgical healing requires that patients be as healthy as possible before any procedure, he said. “We need to optimize our patients so they can actually heal after surgery. We need to do this before and after the surgery.”
Most patients eat so poorly that they have subclinical malnutrition, a condition he called skinny-fat. “If we’re not doing anything about it, that can and will affect how they heal after a procedure,” from rhinoplasty to lasers, injectables and other minimally invasive procedures. “This is not just for surgical nutrition – this is for all my patients.”
When patients complain about the appearance of their skin, “I can put them on medical skincare. But I also need to talk to them about why their skin doesn’t look great. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and if you’re not healthy internally, your skin is not going to look good.”
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