Cosmetic Dermatology

Laser treatmentConsidering cosmetic dermatology? Take your time in learning about and evaluating procedures, especially those that make permanent changes. For example, I see many people who get permanent eyeliner-type tattoos and want to know how to get them removed 3 or 4 years later. Although some are delighted with permanent cosmetic procedures, ideally you should consider something that lasts at most 2 years. Most treatments that we offer last 6–12 months.

Most cosmetic dermatology procedures are minimally invasive. Some of the more popular procedures include:

  • Botox® injections – treatments that relax facial muscles that cause unwanted lines and wrinkles
  • Restylane – a filling agent that smoothes out lines and wrinkles
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy – a laser-like device that treats wrinkles, evens skin tone, removes hair, and corrects some sun damage
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid treatments or “peels – acids applied to the face that remove outer layers, increasing skin fitness and rejuvenation
  • Microdermabrasion – fine crystals projected onto the skin to treat fine lines, some pigmentation spots, acne, and acne scars
  • Mesotherapy – tiny injections of medications into the middle (meso) skin layer to smooth cellulite and remove fat tissue

When considering a cosmetic dermatology procedure, here are 10 questions you should ask:

  1. Does a board-certified physician perform the treatments?
  2. What happens if there are complications or unwanted side effects?
  3. How long has your clinic been providing these treatments?
  4. How many treatments has your clinic provided by a board-certified physician?
  5. Are there “before” and “after” pictures of patients who have been treated in your office?
  6. Who is the medical director of your clinic, and is he/she board certified?
  7. Can I have a consultation with a board-certified physician?
  8. Does the medical director treat patients at your clinic, or does your clinic use their name and credentials in exchange for financial compensation?
  9. Before treatment, is a complete medical history taken and reviewed by a board-certified physician?
  10. Does anyone in this clinic have any sanctions filed with the applicable state board agencies?

You should never feel pressured into accepting a treatment. Good physicians want their patients to be relaxed and well informed.
 

Published on 12/14/2009 | Last updated on 10/18/2018