Getting issues related to the epidermis fixed is a major trend seen these days. Most people, including men and women of all ages, want to either get their hair transplanted or want to have a better-shaped nose and more. Owing to the lack of awareness and knowledge about the same, many opt-outs of it. In order to answer the most asked questions, we spoke to Dr Rinky Kapoor who is altering appearances for many years now. She is an expert dermatologist and the co-founder of The Esthetic Clinic, Mumbai. Edited excerpts...
For a layman who does not understand the medicinal science behind cosmetology and dermatology, how would you explain the difference between a dermatologist and a dermato-surgeon? Also, how are these different from cosmetology?
A dermatologist, dermato-surgeon and a cosmetologist have different responsibilities and areas of specialisations. A dermatologist is a physician who is trained through graduation in medicine first, followed by a few years of post-graduate training in Dermatology, to treat the skin, hair, nails in terms of all skin diseases from skin cancer to pigmentation. They can take care of such medical conditions as well as cosmetic treatments. Simply put a dermatologist finds solutions to all your skin, hair and nail problems.
So, in short, a dermatologist can be a dermato-surgeon and cosmetologist, but a dermatosurgeon has to be a dermatologist first who has special training in skin surgeries. A cosmetologist, on the other hand, is not necessarily a dermatologist.
Today, what trends do you see budding in cosmetic dermatology, based on public/patient interest?
Non-invasive rejuvenation techniques including laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and micro-needling, fat reduction, body contouring and many more are also in demand.
What are the most common complaints you see from patients and how do you deal with that?
The most common complaints that patients have are acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, tanning, premature signs of ageing, hair fall, hirsutism or excessive hair on the face and disproportionate distribution of fat on the body etc. Several times the reason for the client’s visit is post-procedure complications which many times is a result of unprofessional treatments.
The right way to deal with these problems is to make sure that the patient gets the correct diagnosis and treatment.
If the expected results are not achieved, how are future options evaluated?
If treated appropriately and on correct scientific principles, and with proper patient counselling and information, it is not common that the patient results are not achieved. If that is the case, that the patient is not happy with the results then additional treatment approaches or revision in treatments offered may be done. For example, in the case of rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty can be done to correct the shape and structure of the nose. In case a patient does not like the change was seen with a dermal filler, it can be dissolved and removed.
Do cosmetic treatments need regular follow-ups? How often do patients have to come in?
Yes, regular follow-ups are a part of the treatment plan for cosmetic treatments.