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AAD Offers Tips on Seeking Out Safe Cosmetic Procedures
Posted: September 28, 2009
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“To help them learn about the expected outcomes and downtime involved with a procedure, patients should ask their physician if they can speak with a patient who has undergone the procedure,” said Dr. Hanke. “This might help them feel more comfortable about asking questions and to determine if a procedure is right for them.”
The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends consumers ask physicians how many procedures they have performed, what results can be expected, how long the recuperation period is and what are the risks.
“Dermatologists specialize in minimally invasive procedures that do not require general anesthesia. This greatly reduces the potential for complications since the patient is awake during the procedure and recovery times are decreased,” said Dr. Hanke. “These procedures offer patients an enhanced version of themselves, and most patients would rather have subtle results than a drastic change, which is indicative of a major procedure.”
“Each physician must determine what procedures can safely be performed by nurses or other staff members in his or her own individual practices. This distinction should be made to patients up front to ensure they are comfortable with the expertise and training of the person who will be performing the procedure,” said Dr. Hanke. “However, it is imperative that a physician be on-site to evaluate patients prior to a procedure and to respond promptly to any questions or concerns during or after the procedure.”
In addition, consumers can research physicians on the Internet. State medical board Web sites typically offer information on physicians at no charge. “If a person isn’t comfortable broaching the subject of credentials with a physician, there are ways to research this information online,” said Dr. Hanke. “What’s important is that consumers do their homework before selecting a physician.”