Las Vegas – At the fall edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Shelia Anderson, RN, MSN, CANS, explained the need for assessing at rest and in motion before treating the lower face. She is a Seattle-based aesthetic nurse.
The lower face must be assessed and photographed at rest, as well as smiling and puckering, before even applying any anesthesia, she said. She also videotapes patients reciting the alphabet. “Then I sit down and show her how she looks when she’s saying her ABCs.” Sometimes patients return after treatment complaining of asymmetries, and Ms. Anderson can pull out pretreatment photos to show them that they’ve always been a symmetrical.
“Especially when we’re doing Kybella or anything that’s going to affect the marginal nerve, we need to know if there is asymmetry before treatment.” Kybella allows practitioners to treat the submental area, perhaps exposing platysmal banding patients were unaware of. “Look for the horizontal and vertical lines of the neck. Always go back and look for asymmetry – just assume there is asymmetry. And look for lines and shadows. Lines and shadows are not the problem – they are telling you what the problem is.”
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