Certain persons who seek treatment from us may have had a history of abuse and may have been disregarded and ignored by previous aesthetic treatment providers. Some have fallen through the cracks and may have had to live a lifetime of no recourse. When it comes to their aesthetic care, we can expect to see all the ways being victims of abuse have affected this particular client population. They are easy to spot because of their inconsistencies in follow-up self-care. On one hand, they are very conscientious and compliant and, yet, on the other hand, they are resistant to helping themselves by fulfilling the requirements that will bring about resolution to their skin care or other aesthetically related problems. We can assist these clients and patients if they appear to fit into a victim profile and if they chose to share their stories with us in the following ways: • By being a positive influence that they can trust and turn to • As a trusted resource that will not jeopardize them or misuse our power or privileges to incorrectly handle the information they have shared – taking great care to guard their privacy judicially • By not being deceptive, negligent to their urgent needs whenever possible or causing them any kind of mental anguish which would only cause more complications • To learn more about how we can help them from contacting qualified experts who are trained to address these types of emotional issues so we will not be overstepping our professional bounds in our zealousness to assist them • By offering them a comprehensive approach involving effective strategies that we are prepared to provide within the scope of our legal and ethical capabilities • If something doesn’t seem right, it often isn’t. Pay attention to the indicators that there are some additional hurdles to overcome in the care of these types of clients. Signs of Possible History of Abuse to Watch For: • Unexpected changes in personality • Abrupt mood changes unrelated to circumstances that seemed to be triggered by treatment room or front-desk conversations • Unexplained withdrawal from treatment series • Lack of interest in more luxurious treatment amenities • Requests for changes in the focus of their therapeutic plan without a sound rationale • Unnecessary secrecy • Lapses in promises and claims that he or she does not remember making • Seeking control of treatment affairs and becoming aggressive when needs are not being met • Hyper agreeable stance • restricts help and reluctant to partake in necessary activities to bring about lasting resolutions People and, in particular women, who have been victims of abuse, have great potential but they do need a special type of care and, if you are willing and able to give it to them they can make terrific long term clients who will demonstrate a type of devotion to you and your practice that you are less likely to experience with other client types.