Mark injection spots for a derm? How will that be seen?

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  1. LooKing4Ward

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    I go to a derm's office about every 3 months to have facial keloids injected with steroids. Normally I just describe and point to the derm where I want the injections made and he often does a good job to make that happen. A few times however I have left the office disappointed because the injections were not made where I wanted. How do you think it would come across if before I go into the derm's office I make pinpoint marks on the keloids to indicate where I want the injections made?
     
  2. darrvao777

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    This is probably something you want to ask your doctor.

    And also, you are the paying customer. I'd make sure I get all the injections where I want them before leaving.
     
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    I'm the type of person where this is not easy to do, but at the same time I know it's something I should talk with my derm about and make sure that I get the shots where I want them.
     
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    Can you give a few more details? I'm just confused as to why you care which part of the lesion he sticks the needle in, especially when he is the specialist trying to optimize your outcome with a treatment that doesn't always work anyway.

    This isn't really how medicine works. The last thing you want to do for your doctor-patient relationship is to stomp into the office and demand satisfaction. It's not McDonald's or any other form of consumerism, even though this may be elective treatment. Usually, you take the doctor's treatment options, or you can go elsewhere. This is because the doctor is otherwise opening himself up to potential liability. When we start viewing patients as "customers" or "clients" we can easily lose sight of what makes medicine a profession.

    Just tell the doctor your concerns instead of telling a bunch of random people on the internet. Just my humble opinion.
     
  5. LooKing4Ward

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    An older treated scar can generally be flat but still have areas that are prominent, hard, ridged, and itchy. I'm trying to tackle those areas. For the most part the docs do a great job and a few times they're off the mark. I'm just trying to find a way to eliminate those few times.

    I view myself as a customer. I pay for treatments and have some expectations in return. However, unlike with most other businesses I will try to develop a relationship with my doctor. As such, the reason for running by my idea here first, in case it may be viewed wrongly.
     
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    Well, I'm not saying to stomp in and demand the injections be placed where you would like them to be placed!

    But you are paying for the treatment. And I'm sure the doctor would want to hear any feedback or comments that his customers may have. Again, I'm not saying that the patient should be making these decisions but he or she should at least be able to express his or her opinion about the treatment!
     

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