Profile of Cosmetic Consultation in a General Dermatology Clinic
Cosmetic Dermatology has garnered tremendous interest all over the world. With the advent of modern technologies and developments, demand for non-surgical aesthetic procedures is on a rise. The purpose of the study is to know the types of cosmetic consultations and procedures being done in a General Dermatology setup. Patients who visited outpatient dermatology department of a multi-specialty, Nidan Hospital, Lalitpur, between May 2017 to April 2018 were included. Details of patients’ demographic profile were filled in a preset performa. Other information related to cosmetic consultation including dermatological diagnosis, awareness of cosmetic procedures and cosmetic procedures etc were also included. 160 patients attended the dermatology outpatient during the study period. Seventy four percent of them were females. Thirty six percent of the cases were between 26years and 35 years. Forty three percent of the cohort were working. Majority of them had Bachelors degree (57%). Twenty six patients who attended the OPD wanted cosmetic consultation. The type of cosmetic consultation, majority sought for was wrinkles (37%). Among the cosmetic procedures performed, chemical peeling was done in 59%, mesotherapy in 16%, mole removal in 12% and remaining 13% underwent topical treatment. Statistical significance was seen between Cosmetic consultation and economic status (p=0.000) and between cosmetic consultation and employment status (p=0.007). Almost a quarter of patients attending a general dermatology OPD sought cosmetic consultation. Females, young adults who are employed, well-educated and from good socio-economic status seek cosmetic services.
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