Patients with ADHD – the consultation process

Thorough and effective communication between a medical aesthetic practitioner and their patient is vital for the patient’s involvement in any decisions about cosmetic treatments and for ensuring their adherence to any pre- or post-treatment protocols. SE1 Medical Aesthetics medical director Lorenzo Garagnani and managing director Emma Costello explain why some patients, more than others, may find it more difficult to engage with their practitioner in the aforementioned process - especially those with ADHD.

Medical aesthetic practitioners should adapt their consultation style and the length of the appointment to the specific needs and characteristics of each patient so that they can gain the clearest understanding of the indications and treatment options. 

Key points to remember for an appropriate consultation include:

 To lack capacity, patients must either have an impairment of or disturbance or malfunction of brain and mind or (more likely, for a patient with ADHD), demonstrate a lack of capacity to:

If the patient has specific concerns, record a summary of the discussion, because this may be helpful in future consultations.

Be aware that the symptoms of ADHD may lead to the patient having difficulty adhering to treatment plans or staying in contact. Use reminders to ensure that any necessary aftercare guidelines or follow-up appointments are kept.