INTERVIEW: Dr. Shereene Idriss
Dermatology used to be about pimples and rashes. Has this changed? What are your clients now looking for? At its essence, dermatology has been and will always be a branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatments of skin disorders. However, there is clearly growing interest in cosmetic dermatology and it is now a meaningful part of the field. After my formal medical training at Tufts, Harvard, and George Washington, I was fortunate to have been introduced to aesthetic dermatology by the pioneer herself, Dr. Patricia Wexler, who I credit with launching my career as a cosmetic dermatologist. Today, most of my patients come to me for facial restructuring and I am happy to help them along their journey. However, I never forget my medical roots and perform a full skin exam on all my new patients – as I always tell them, “you never know what is lurking underneath and I do not have x-ray vision”. Just the other day, a 30-year-old mother of two came in because she felt her face looked worn out and she wanted to look like ‘herself’ again. After addressing her concerns, we did a skin exam, and I discovered a melanoma (a highly aggressive form of skin cancer) on her back! Vanity, in the right setting and under the guise of a board certified dermatologist, saved her life.