Aspen, Colo. – At this summer’s edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), San Antonio-based dermatologist Vivian Bucay, M.D., told attendees that core aesthetic specialists need not shy away from treating acne and rosacea. Her tips are:
- Respect the psychosocial impact – “Acne is very serious to the person who has it, whether they have one lesion or 50.” Depression occurs more commonly in teenagers, and in acne sufferers, she added. Whether you refer patients to a mental-health specialist or address these topics yourself, “It’s important to acknowledge that you know acne is affecting their self-esteem.”
- Give undivided attention – In a busy office, distractions abound. “We have our phones, texting and e-mails.” Put down the PDA, look patients in the eye and evaluate their body language, as well as their words.
- Perform a full history, exam and workup – “This will slow me down in practice,” but acne doesn’t abide shortcuts. “Someone comes in for a neuromodulator, filler or energy-based treatment and says, ‘By the way, what can I put on this pimple?'” Such patients often have other acne clues such as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring, she said. “And always get a cosmetic product history. We may think we’re controlling what they’re putting on their skin, but they have a gazillion products that they’re using. One of the most common things I find is that patients never clean their makeup brushes.” If you’re too busy to discuss these matters, said Dr. Bucay, appoint an extender or aesthetician.
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