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10/8/2014
Photoaging prevention: Pearls for patient compliance
Whether a patient has undergone laser rejuvenation or skin resurfacing to address their sun damaged skin, the most important post-treatment skin care instructions that clinicians can give, say experts, must address sun protection and sun exposure.
Photoaging prevention: Pearls for patient compliance

Whether a patient has undergone laser rejuvenation or skin resurfacing to address their sun damaged skin, the most important post-treatment skin care instructions that clinicians can give, say experts, must address sun protection and sun exposure.


Vivian W. Bucay, M.D.
Sun protection is an absolute must, especially during the post procedure period, in order to prevent complications, says Vivian W. Bucay, M.D., principal owner and dermatologist at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, San Antonio, TX.

The difficulty for clinicians lies in encouraging solid patient compliance relating to protection from sun exposure, the very reason for photoaging treatment in the first place.

Sun protection and avoidance applies to patient compliance no matter what the procedure, from laser rejuvenation and chemical peels to skin resurfacing and more.

A common misperception is that results of a treatment will last indefinitely, and patients overlook the need for maintenance, says Dr. Bucay. But its important for clinicians to clear up such misconceptions and explain proper skin care, which is primarily just a matter of patients limiting their sun exposure and taking proper precautions with sunscreen and protective clothing when sun cannot be avoided.

Dr. Bucay recommends addressing patient expectations in a thorough, unhurried consultation even before the procedure is scheduled.

To understand a patients goal is the key. I write everything down and create a long-term treatment plan. They can understand ours is a long-term relationship that will require effort on both sides in order to achieve an optimal outcome, says Dr. Bucay.

Even if a patient has a one and done attitude about treatment for aging skin and has no intention of further procedures, they need to be instructed and reminded that proper skin care afterward and certain lifestyle changes will prevent complications and eliminate or delay the need for subsequent treatments or touch ups.

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