Cosmetic Dermatology Cosmetic dermatology treatments, find cosmetic dermatologists and protect your skin

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Cosmetic/Medical Dermatology

I have severe acne and new wrinkles, where should I go?

In this day and age, there are more cosmetic procedures available to you than there has been ever before. If you have ever been concerned about your appearance and sought out on remedying your imperfections, discovering the best treatment for you can certainly be an uphill battle. This is because there are many many services offered by either certified medical or cosmetic dermatologists, or people that pretend to be so.

Your first step in seeking treatment for dermatological imperfections is to search locally. Search yelp and discover the local places that treat your issue. Next, you want to vet that location through their website. Ensure their physicians are board certified cosmetic or medical dermatologists. For example, this cosmetic dermatologist in Manhattan Beach lists her Board Certified status right on the home page of the website as well as within her bio. You can also take the step to ensure your dermatologist has Board Certified standing by searching for them in directories such as The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (www.asds.com). Also take some time to ensure past patients were satisfied with their results through the testimonials/reviews or the photo gallery.

Do I need a medical dermatologist or a cosmetic dermatologist?

This depends on what your concerns are with your skin. Medical dermatologists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases that affect the skin, hair and nail, for example, skin cancer. While a cosmetic dermatologists treats the skin, hair, or nails using a treatment that is meant to improve the patient’s appearance rather than treat a disease. For example, a cosmetic dermatologist can treat wrinkles or acne while a medical dermatologist can treat skin disease and also acne. Many times, Cosmetic dermatologists are also medical dermatologist and sometimes even surgical dermatologists. This just means that they have the skills and experience to treat all of your dermatological needs.

Does this mean a cosmetic dermatologist can perform surgery?

Yes, IF that cosmetic dermatologist is also a surgical dermatologist. As mentioned, many dermatologists practice not only medical dermatology but cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, as well as medical dermatology. Some examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into cosmetic dermatology are surgery to diminish acne scars, injecting dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or injectables such as Botox to give the aging face a more youthful appearance. Another example would be laser surgery such as the Intese Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial to diminish or remove small veins, age spots, tattoos or wrinkles.

What examples fall under medical dermatology?

Medical dermatology is the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases that affect the skin. Diseases such as acne, lumps or growths, moles, rosacea, skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, or melasma are some examples that medical dermatologist can treat.