They rush a needle into the face, and it is pretty much the same treatment that they delivered on the previous patient. The unethical practices that take place can bring down the reputation of the aesthetics specialty, but I know I truly sit with those who want to do their best for their patients and treat them all as individuals.
I was blessed to be born and raised by a family where principles such as honesty, kindness, empathy and compassion – for myself and fellow people – shaped my childhood and have been ruling my life ever since. If anything, I know that I am a person with a strong sense of duty. Every single patient is going through a journey of pain before they knock on my door and this doesn’t have to be necessarily physical pain:
“Pain has seven dimensions, or core aspects: physical, sensory, behavioral, sociocultural, cognitive, affective, and spiritual. To perform a comprehensive pain assessment, you must understand what each dimension encompasses and be able to evaluate all dimensions accurately.”
(The seven dimensions of pain)
And this is what I aim to always do for each of my patients, before I even get close to touching a needle.
A beautiful journey
As C.P.Kavafy wrote in his poem “Ithaka” the journey is more important than the destination. This is the principle that drives my ethos when treating patients; to take them into a journey of self-worth and self-love, a journey of discovering how beautiful and unique they are, and should remain, no matter what the trends are. A journey where they feel equal, heard, and appreciated. A journey where I use my 15+ years’ clinical experience combined with my artistic flare and genuine kindness to take care of them rather than just treat them.
It is this journey that has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people, has differentiated me from other colleagues based on what my patients say, and has built my reputation and created lifetime bonds with my patients.