How a Cosmetic Dermatologist Can Improve Your Quality of Life

October 31, 2017

Age brings wisdom, but it can also bring unwanted changes to your body and skin. Cosmetic dermatologists provide a wide range of minimally invasive treatments to help you look and feel your best during every stage of your life.

Whether you’re concerned about wrinkles, acne scars, unwanted hair or even an unwanted tattoo, an experienced dermatologist can help you improve the look and tone of your skin so you can regain your self-confidence and get back to living your best life.

How can a cosmetic dermatologist improve the quality of your life?

Skin Rejuvenation

Dermatologists can provide a variety of services designed to exfoliate and improve the appearance of your skin. In addition to traditional facials and chemical peels, cosmetic dermatologists also offer light therapy and laser treatments. These treatments can be used to even out the texture and tone of skin, remove unwanted tattoos and minimize acne scars, spider veins and superficial varicose veins. Available treatments include:

  • Laser skin resurfacing uses laser technology to gently resurface and smooth your skin.
  • Fraxel uses fractional laser technology to eliminate brown spots and acne scars, shrink pores and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • ProFractional therapy uses a laser to create microspherical holes in the skin’s surface to stimulate natural collagen growth.
  • CO2 laser restoration vaporizes the top layer of skin to reveal the brighter skin underneath.
  • The three-step Spectra laser peel is a proven treatment to reduce fine lines, the size of pores, acne, and acne-related scars.
  • Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion deeply exfoliate dead and damaged skin, triggering cell regeneration, blood flow, and collagen growth.
  • Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is an innovative procedure to treat fine lines and acne scars. It improves the skin’s overall texture, tone, and color.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a new, non-surgical method of skin rejuvenation performed on targeted areas of the face. It uses your own blood to improve the appearance of facial tissue.

Injections, Dermal Fillers and Soft Tissue Fillers

Skin naturally loses elasticity and collagen over time, and repetitive facial movements and expressions can lead to even more wrinkles. Dermal and soft tissue fillers, which are less expensive and invasive than a facelift, are a great way to smooth lines and wrinkles. During these procedures, creases are filled with another substance to restore volume:

  • The most popular types of fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers like Belotero, Juvedermand Restylane. These fast, easy procedures provide results that last for several months to two years.
  • Synthetic fillers like Radiesse, Sculptraand Silicone have an even longer-lasting effect and can be permanent.
  • In addition to these fillers, Botox injections can be used to relax the muscle under the wrinkle, then injectable dermal and soft tissue fillers fill the skin’s creases to restore volume.
  • Dysport, another anti-wrinkle injectable, blocks the nerve signals to the muscles underneath wrinkles to relax them.
  • Kybella is a non-human and non-animal formula designed to destroy fat cells on the upper neck.

There are also collagen fillers, which produce natural-looking results, and autologous fillers that use fat from the body. Fat is surgically removed, then treated and injected back into the face to fill fine lines and wrinkles.

Fat Reduction

There are many different treatments to reduce fat on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper arms and back:

  • Traditional liposuction breaks up and “sucks” unwanted fat from parts of the body.
  • Today, tumescent liposuction is the most common procedure and is even safer and more controlled than traditional liposuction. It uses a large amount of fluid, injected into fatty tissue layers, to destroy and remove fat.
  • Body contouring is a non-surgical body shaping procedure to reduce fat. It uses ultra-low temperatures to freeze fat off (CoolSculpting) or ultrasonic waves and radio frequencies to melt it away.

Hair Loss and Removal

Often, as we age, we lose hair where we want it and gain hair where we don’t want it. Many treatment options are available today to restore lost hair and permanently remove unwanted hair. These treatments include:

  • Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser technology to remove unwanted hair.
  • For those who seek longer, lusher eyelashes, Latisse is a prescription topical treatment available through your dermatologist.
  • NeoGraft is a revolutionary hair restoration method that uses follicular unit extraction (FUE) to move healthy hair follicles from areas of the scalp with more hair to areas of the scalp where you want more hair.

Surgical Procedures

In addition to all of the non-surgical procedures offered by cosmetic dermatologists, there are also safe, surgical options including “mini neck lifts,” which use tumescent liposuction to improve the look of the chin, cheeks and jowls, and blepharoplasty (aka eyelid surgery), which removes excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids.

Plastic surgery options such as rhinoplasty and breast augmentation are also available through licensed plastic surgeons that work closely with many cosmetic dermatologists.

Before considering any cosmetic dermatology procedure, make sure to choose your doctor carefully. Treatments should be performed by a licensed, trained, experienced professional. Ask for references and read patient reviews.

Interested in Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures?

To learn more about these and other cosmetic procedures, contact U.S. Dermatology Partners today. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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