A cancer diagnosis can be a lifechanging experience. Patients and their loved ones quickly find themselves navigating tests, schedules and complex care options. One aspect of cancer care that rightfully demands attention is the side effects of treatment, which can take their toll on the body. That includes your skin. 50% of patients experience adverse skin conditions caused by radiation or chemotherapy, which range from mild discomfort to extreme sensitivity.
It’s important to understand that that there are options available to treat these side effects, both during and after radiology or chemotherapy treatment. In fact, there is an entire subspecialty called oncology aesthetics. Certified oncology aestheticians provide customized skincare that is crafted to meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors.
At W Cosmetic Surgery we are proud to offer specially designed treatment that is centered around you. Gina Veith, a licensed medical aesthetician, has been a member of our team for more than a decade and has worked with many cancer patients to provide proper treatment for their sensitive skin. Gina feels extremely passionate about working with this population of clients, which inspired her to obtain a certification in oncology aesthetics.
“A consultation with someone who is going through treatment or is a cancer survivor begins like any other consultation we do here in the office. We’ll talk about issues you might be dealing with, any changes in your skin you’ve noticed, and also discuss any of your concerns. From there I work closely with my patients to come up with a custom solution that addresses those problems,” Gina explains.
It’s also important to make sure any professional you visit understands the types of products that are most effective for your skin. “For patients undergoing chemo or radiation therapy, you want to focus on hydrating the skin and using gentle products. There is really no one-size-fits-all solution, so the products and techniques we use depend entirely on the patient, their need and where they are in treatment. However, all the products we use are specially selected.”
Your aesthetician will work with you to help improve the elasticity and condition of your skin, while also providing a pleasant environment in which to unwind. “It’s not just about treating your skin, but also about the aesthetic touch” says Gina. “Cancer is a physically and emotionally taxing disease. We want to address your skincare needs, but also to create an atmosphere that is secure, comfortable and relaxing. It rejuvenates the skin, certainly, but also the mind and spirit.”
If you or a loved one are undergoing cancer treatment and would like to learn more, please call us at 610-828-8880 to schedule a consultation with Gina.