Author: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.
A friend of mine who is an O.R. nurse recently asked me how I was enjoying my job. I am sure that she and I know that legions of others (and it is lost on none of us in cosmetic practices) believe that there are many, many areas where nursing skills could be used for “real” nursing. No one can argue that-in NICU’s, O.R.’s, E.R’.s – the list is endless – nurses and physicians around the world are saving lives and performing miracles. In fact, our medical spa grew from the inception of an oculoplastic practice where very complicated eye-sight saving and deformity repairing surgeries are performed daily. I will argue, however, that aesthetic nursing does make a real difference.
Aging, for many people, is extremely difficult, and cosmetic treatments and surgeries can do a great deal to help people cope with the process. I treated a (very) young man who expressed concern about staying relevant in the rapidly-changing, ever-evolving tech industry. (I think the mean age at Google is nine.) Assisting with cosmetic procedures that correct an anatomical feature that has bothered an individual since before they could even remember, or perhaps were given a cruel childhood nickname over, is truly life changing for a patient. The impact of the psychological boost that comes from an aesthetic treatment for a patient going through a traumatic event, like divorce, is often huge. It has also been studied, and proven, that a simple Botox® Cosmetic treatment to “frown” lines slows the negative feedback loop to the brain, actually assisting with depression treatment. I have treated a singer who explained to me that many vocalists obtain Botox treatments to facial muscles to “open” the nasal passages, improving the quality of their tone. A police officer told me that a Botox induced “poker face” assists with interrogation. And, by far, my favorite example is one in which my medical director, performing a facelift, discovered an undetected malignant tumor, adding years to, if not saving, the patient’s life. So, yes, I am certain that we make some sort of difference, and we would love to make a difference in yours.