This research is aimed at studying the interdependence between physical appearance and quality of life, in 550 elderly people connected to social centres for the elderly in Milan. This research evaluated the most common behaviour concerning the use of beauty and body care products, related to small dermo-cosmetic problems, and expectations towards the dermalologist and dermo-cosmetic products. The methodology involved a structured questionnaire of 10 questions with multiple closed responses. The results show that for the sample under study the use of dermo-cosmetic products is highly correlated to psychological dimensions (self-fulfilment, self-esteem, etc.) and that there is a positive attitude towards the use of light perfumes, make up and hair dyes. Alterations connected to cutaneous senescence described as most 'disturbing' were: itching in 70% of patients, xerosis in 62%, wrinkles in 53%, pigmentation alteration in 47%. Finally the research reveals a high disposition on the part of the patients to use cosmetics for the prevention of problems associated with ageing and a low disposition towards a surgical solution. To conclude the dermatologist should be a promoter of a cosmetic programme also for the elderly, in the knowledge that such action could offer a global psychophysical well-being.
|Translated title of the contribution||Impact of cutaneous appearance in elderly patient on global 'well-being'. Study on 550 cases|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
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