CERTIFIED ONCOLOGY AESTHETICS
Revalla Plastic Surgery in Denver offers the expertise of a Certified Oncology Aesthetician, Ruth Ann Roth, who can provide customized treatments and skincare recommendations for those patients who are in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, or those who have medically-compromised skin due to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Seeing a need for cancer patients to address their physical, emotional, and anti-aging needs in a safe, compassionate setting, Ruth received her specialty training and certification through Oncology Aesthetics International. This specialized certification enables her to provide solutions to the numerous skin-related side effects from cancer treatments, offering benefits such as easing symptoms and skin reactions, improving skin health, as well as restoring a sense of well-being and relaxation in the midst of a stressful time. If you or someone you love is undergoing cancer treatment, you may find that the skin and nails become reactive or more susceptible to irritation, for instance:
- Many chemotherapies can cause skin to be severely dry, fragile, acneaic, and/or sun-sensitive.
- Nails can become brittle, discolored and more prone to infection.
- Radiation therapy can cause inflammation, burning, thinning or tightening of the treated area, as well as impair circulation of the blood or lymph fluid (lymphedema).
Also, because the skin has a memory and does not forget the damage and inflammation from the past, side-effects and sensitivities can show up weeks or months after treatment has ended. In order to treat the wide-variety of symptoms that cancer patients present, Ruth starts each visit with a customized consultation to establish the individualized needs of each patient. In her words, “The cancer treatment plan will change over time, and I view the aesthetic plan as changing accordingly based on the desires and symptoms of the patient. The right skincare plan can serve as a great source of comfort—it’s a healing and rejuvenative act that offers the patient an element of control, at a time when so much of their world is out of control. It’s a blessing for me to get to help patients in this way…I’m honored to be part of their care.” In addition to in-office treatments, Revalla offers the TecNiche line of products for at-home care. All of the TecNiche products are organic, clean, paraben-free and fragrance-free. These products reduce inflammation, offer gentle exfoliation when appropriate, and regenerate and hydrate the skin leaving it refreshed and soothed. The TecNiche line is luxurious and yet healing at the same time.
Approach Used in Oncology Aesthetics
Like all of our services at Revalla, your first Oncology Aesthetics visit will include a comprehensive review of your goals and priorities. For our oncology aesthetics patients, this will include an overview of your diagnosis, a review of your cancer treatment plan, and any recent changes in your skin. As a partner with her patients in this process, Ruth Ann Roth strives to keep safety and rejuvenation as two of her foremost priorities. She will review the current information about each patient so that she can customize the plan at each visit—in some cases, it might be appropriate to do a soothing mask and hand or scalp massage, and in other cases, Ruth may recommend an at-home skincare protocol as the best course of treatment. Some have described chemotherapy and cancer treatment as a “grab bag of side-effects—you never know what you’re going to get!” Because of this, and the added vulnerability of each of our oncology aesthetics patients, starting with communication is crucial to effective (and safe) treatment.
Certified Oncology Aestheticians have undergone the training and specialized study to ensure their services are safe and beneficial to cancer patients and cancer survivors. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and what you use to care for it, and how you treat it can truly make an impact—especially if it’s been medically-compromised. For instance, traditional aesthetics sometimes involves massage and stimulation of the skin on the face, neck and shoulders. Oncology Aestheticians are trained to know more about the lymphatic system, and the perils for some patients of expressing the lymph nodes while in the midst of their cancer treatment. Ruth Ann Roth uses techniques that allow her to provide a healing and relaxing treatment, with the added peace of mind for the patient that comes with her advanced expertise in the aesthetics arena. Another important aspect to Oncology Aesthetics is that the focus is more on stress-relief and healing, as opposed to the most common purpose of aesthetics which is typically anti-aging. In most cases, our Oncology Aesthetician will work with you to improve the resilience of your skin. Then, as time passes, the plan can be modified to address varying priorities as your cancer treatment progresses and evolves.
It is very important to discuss with your cancer doctors (oncologists, radiation oncologists, etc.) whether your skin will be affected during your cancer treatment. We ask you to let your cancer care team know you would like to see a certified oncology aesthetician—who offers her services at a physician’s office—and we encourage you to ask if there are any limitations to your skincare regimen.
Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics specializes in breast and body surgeries, in addition to minimally-invasive aesthetics treatments. Because all of the services we offer are elective, we maintain the safety of our patients as our #1 priority. The highest standard of hygiene and sanitation is of critical importance for all of our patients, but especially those who may have compromised immune systems due to chemotherapy or radiation.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CERTIFIED ONCOLOGY AESTHETICS IN DENVER
Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery of Denver provides patients with excellent, individualized cosmetic and reconstructive surgery results and minimally-invasive aesthetic solutions to treat a variety of needs. We encourage you to call us for a customized consult with our Certified Oncology Aesthetician, Ruth Ann Roth. Our office phone number is 720-283-2500 or you can contact us via our online portal at Revalla.com