Cosmetic dermatology is a form of dermatology that focuses on enhancing the appearance of a patient’s skin, hair, and body.
The goal of dermatology is to enhance looks rather than eradicate diseases. In addition to improving self-confidence and self-perception, aesthetic dermatology can benefit mental health as well.
AESTHETIC DERMATOLOGY – WHAT DOES IT DO?
A dermatologist must complete three years of specialized training in the anatomy, physiology, and cosmetics of the skin in order to become board certified. They receive certification after passing a board exam that tests their knowledge and experience.
In order to practice aesthetic dermatology, one has to become a dermatologist that practices aesthetic dermatology, one needs to become a medical/surgical dermatologist, and one needs to become both.
Do all dermatologists specialize in aesthetics?
Because not all dermatologists are board-certified, there can be considerable differences in training and experience between providers advertising themselves as cosmetic dermatologists. It is unlikely that someone without a board certification will have the same level of training or experience as a dermatologist who has received board certification.
It is possible for any board-certified dermatologist to practice medical dermatology and aesthetic dermatology as soon as they start out, but many choose to practice only one of those specialties. When a dermatologist chooses medical dermatology and does not practice aesthetic dermatology, his or her aesthetic dermatology skills will continually deteriorate since they are not used consistently. Any dermatologist focusing primarily on cosmetics or aesthetics will experience the same outcome.
In medical or aesthetic dermatology, it is important to continually exercise and improve our skills as doctors. Doctors have a ‘practice’ for a reason. There are always high stakes when dealing with a person’s health and appearance, but they are especially high when it comes to most professions.
If you are interested in any cosmetic procedures we highly recommend to first find a board certified dermatologist such as those at DCA, and second to make sure that your dermatologist regularly practices cosmetic or aesthetic dermatology along with medical dermatology.
ARE AESTHETIC DERMATOLOGISTS DIFFERENT FROM PLASTIC SURGEONS
Upon becoming board certified, plastic surgeons and dermatologists receive very different training and spend their days in very different ways.
In most cases, a plastic surgeon will spend most of their time in the operating room due to their training in surgery. A dermatologist’s primary focus is skin health and eradicating skin diseases; they also provide non-invasive medical and aesthetic treatments, and carry out surgical procedures in their offices such as removing malignant lesions on the skin.
It is possible for aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic dermatology to overlap in some areas. Dermatologists at cliniccleo.com are generally best qualified to pair BOTOX and dermal fillers with skin care products, chemical peels, and laser treatments to achieve optimal results. Due to their extensive focus, knowledge and training, they are able to discuss with you the best options for your skin type and your goals.
SURGERY OR AESTHETIC DERMATOLOGY?
With DCA, our goal is to get the best results for our patients with the least amount of invasiveness possible. Almost all of our patients can be treated in-house without requiring plastic surgery except in extreme cases, such as large skin cancers. It is determined on a case-by-case basis whether to refer a patient to a surgeon. Whenever appropriate, we will recommend someone that meets your needs if it is deemed appropriate.