Trust your doctor to determine the right course of action for your treatment: Dr Aparajita Lamba

Dr Aparajita Lamba, MBBS, MD (Dermatology) is an experienced dermatologist. She worked as a Senior Resident doctor at ESI-PGIMSR Hospital, further enhancing her expertise. Currently, Dr Lamba provides online consultations to patients privately and is excitedly preparing to launch her own offline clinic in Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The greatest joy I experience in treating patients lies in witnessing the confidence of my patients in their own skin. There’s an indescribable sense of fulfilment that comes from knowing I’ve played a part in transforming their lives positively.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

When the patient explains their concerns clearly, has realistic expectations and is open to listening to my advice without being suspicious, it is easy to treat them. Clear respectful communication expressing their truest concerns enables me to provide the best service.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

I don’t mind answering the queries that the patients have while researching on the internet. However, if someone puts a lot of restrictions on treatment options due to their own prejudices, then it becomes tricky. Unrealistic expectations like getting treated within a few days or weeks make the job tough. Social media has also generated unreal skin goals which again makes the job harder.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

It is helpful. Making the patient aware of the procedure creates realistic expectations regarding the end result. The patient feels more confident about the treatment. However, there is a lot of misinformation available on the internet along with other reliable information. Therefore, it is crucial to explain things the right way. Sometimes focusing too much on the side effects (the rarer ones) can create fear among them as well.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure?

I often suggest a few articles that a patient can read to improve their knowledge. Following the social media channels of authentic dermatologists is another way to know more about treatment options.

How does medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Medical misinformation can be very dangerous. There are a lot of quacks online who have messed up with people’s heads. People who have no information but good skin or hair start their own channels and advertise whatever suits their interests. Paid promotions of harmful products by unqualified self-proclaimed skincare experts have harmed a lot of people. I have seen multiple ladies ruining their skin by applying random creams that they saw online. Most of these products claim to lighten their marks, moles and pigmentation and contain high-strength steroids. Such things can lead to severe consequences.

A few pieces of advice that you always give to your patients…

Lifestyle changes are an unmissable part of my treatment. Along with that I always encourage my patients to go and read as much as they can. You should write down your queries and discuss them with your doctors when you visit them. Also, follow only qualified individuals on social media for health-related information.

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