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Daily Routine in Cosmetic Dermatology

Part of the series Clinical Approaches and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology pp 1-15

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Psychological Approach in Cosmetic Dermatology

  • David Ernesto CastilloAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology and Cutaneous surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • , Katlein FrançaAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy- University of Miami Miller School of MedicineCentro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare e Rigenerativa, Università Degli Studi “G. Marconi” Email author 
  • , Torello LottiAffiliated withCentro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare Rigenerativa, University of Rome G.Marconi


Cosmetic psychodermatology is a new science that studies the psychological aspects of cosmetic patients. The complex relationship between mind and skin is the focus of study of psychodermatology and must be understood by cosmetic dermatologists. The patient’s mental status, expectations, background, and the possible presence of psychiatric comorbidities should be recognized and addressed prior to cosmetic procedures to obtain the best results. Cosmetic dermatologists must be trained to evaluate the psychological aspects of their patients. This chapter provides concepts of psychodermatology and its association to cosmetic dermatology, the common psychiatric disorders that can be seen in dermatology and advices to establish a good doctor-patient relationship.


Cosmetic psychodermatology Psychodermatology Cosmetic procedures Dermatologic procedures Psychiatric disorders Doctor-patient relationship Patient’s expectations Difficult patients Referring patients