IN­TER­VIEW: Dr. Shereene Idriss

Bespoke - - MALE SHOOT -

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.

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