In Good Hands
Posted On Aug 10, 2016
There’s no doubt about it. This is an industry constantly inundated with new technologies, new products, new approaches – all in the name of turning back the clock (or slowing it down if you begin soon enough!). But amidst all the excitement, all the hype, all the hope, reminds one industry expert, these trends can sometimes result in a (not-so) good case of buyer’s remorse.
I had a great conversation with Dr. Curtis J. Schalit at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) in Phoenix where industry experts presented the latest scientific and anecdotal data on today’s – and tomorrow’s – trends. I asked him what his top takeaways from the meeting were. (I’m good at putting these guys on the spot, that’s for sure. But that’s how I get kernels of truth from them too!)
Without making you wade through all the technical details, his sentiments were, essentially, that while there are lots of new and exciting technologies and techniques out there, he approaches the so-called “latest and greatest” with caution. And not because “new” won’t necessarily provide safe and effective results, but because he prefers to treat his patients with what’s tried and true in his hands. Not only is the jury out in for long-term results in some cases with newer technologies and techniques, but there can also be a learning curve for the doctor.
An important reminder that technologies and techniques are only as good as the hands that wield them, a fact frequently pointed out by the experts at these meetings.
So the big question is, how do you know if your doctor has the necessary skill and experience with the particular procedure you want to have?
All you have to do is ask!
1. How many of these procedures have you performed?
2. What kind of training have you had?
3. Was there a learning curve for you?
4. Tell me about a less-than-ideal outcome you had and how you corrected it.
5. Can I see before and after pictures?
At the end of the day, no matter what device or procedure is marketed to us, the most important thing is to find a doctor confident and skilled in the procedures he or she does perform.