Guest post by Dr. Kavita Beri
Discussing regenerative technologies and procedures with your patients.
Aesthetics and Anti-aging is an exciting field in modern medicine. New technologies, procedural devices and cosmeceuticals make it an ever changing and expanding specialty. As physicians, we are challenged to stay on top of what is new and what your patients hear and see on the media. As important as it maybe to stay in touch with the latest trends that surface the cosmetic and aesthetic world, having a strong foundation in Anti-aging physiology will help us make better choices in terms of what we would like to offer to our patients.
Regenerative aesthetics adds a new dimension to anti-aging skin care. Our body has an innate ability to heal and regenerate. Aging slows down cellular processes, but can we make treatments focused on maintaining the machinery that the skin is already equipped, with instead of just bandaging the surface. Making aesthetics and anti-aging a holistic entity with services that help mind body and spirit stay in- tune with healthy skin will offer a wide array of options and services to your clients. This will not only help clients be satisfied with the treatment they are getting for the skin but also have a “feel good” component that is longer lasting. The most interesting component of regenerative aesthetics is looking at aging skin as an ongoing chronic inflammatory process that is occurring over the years. Targeting this chronic inflammation by the various factors that influence it, will include a nutritional approach, lifestyle approach and anti-stress approach to helping the skin regenerate to its best. To heal from any ailment, eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding stress, having mechanisms coping with stress and of course having the mind be in tune with healing, helps the process tremendously. Having information on lifestyle, healthy nutrition will give you clients more confidence in the care they will get from you. My experience has been, an honest approach to patients seem to get them to understand their own expectations and then can channel them to what they are looking to change about themselves. I make sure to tell my patients that it is so important to visualize themselves with healthy skin, having a mind focused in a positive image will help the anti-aging aesthetics be more effective. Personally, with my clients, they have LOVED this idea, and have made beautiful progress not only in having healthy skin as they are aging but also to understand their expectations and be more content with themselves.
I never forget to mention to my patient in the initial consultation: that there is nothing out there that will make the clock-” stop” from ticking…..and so starting with the Truth….we will be able set our goals more realistically and bring light to a beautiful and dynamic field of regenerative aesthetics.