Cosmetic Surgery Times reached out to doctors who treat cosmetic patients and asked them what they’ve learned never to say. Here is an excerpt of their responses.
Aesthetic dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, M.D., founder of Miami Skin Institute, Miami, Fla., says she would never tell patients they need certain procedures.
Beverly Hills dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D., a clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California, says she doesn’t answer with a “yes,” when patients ask if they need anything to look younger.
3. “It’s not so bad”
You might think you’re helping a patient with cosmetic concerns when you say, “It’s not so bad,” but that’s not always the case, according to Dr. Shainhouse.
4. “I can erase your wrinkles”
Cosmetic dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., founder and director of Capital Laser and Skin Care and clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center, Washington, DC, says she never tells a patient she can ‘erase’ wrinkles or scars completely. She makes sure to say that maintenance treatments are almost always required depending on the procedures being done.
5. “Let’s paralyze your crow’s feet”
Physicians’ descriptions of cosmetic procedures and issues can impact how patients view those procedures and themselves, according to Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology, University of Minnesota Medical School, and medical director of Crutchfield Dermatology, in Eagan, Minnesota.