Today, there are more cosmetic procedures available than ever before. But some procedures only should be performed by a dermatologist. Others marketed as at-home treatments could pose risks for some patients.
In-office cosmetic procedures
New technologies and products that are entering the growing market of cosmetic procedures are enhancing dermatologists’ abilities to fine-tune treatments.
Advances in the use of lasers, wrinkle fillers and botulinum toxin are allowing dermatologists to better refine and customize treatments based on each patient’s specific cosmetic needs.
Fractional resurfacing is one of the newer laser technologies that gives dermatologists the option to safely treat patients with more extensive skin damage. The main benefits of this procedure are increased collagen production that creates more dramatic results to improve the appearance of skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars — with considerably less downtime than other invasive laser technologies.
Laser technologies used to treat vascular lesions — such as port-wine stains and other birthmarks — have greatly improved over the years. This has allowed more patients to benefit from treatment, especially infants.
The pulsed dye laser selectively heats abnormal blood vessels within the port-wine stain without injuring the surrounding skin.
A dermatologist trained in laser technologies can determine if a patient’s birthmark is conducive to treatment and how early and aggressive the intervention should be.
A number of new fillers have been introduced in recent years to replace lost volume in the skin and to shape and sculpt areas that show signs of aging.
New developments in wrinkle fillers allow dermatologists to correct signs of aging, from sunken cheeks to fine lines around the eyes and lips.
Botulinum toxin, most widely known for its ability to diminish wrinkles and other facial lines, is being studied across many medical specialties for use in an array of conditions. New manufacturers have introduced botulinum toxin formulations in recent years, making pricing more competitive and affordable.
To ensure patients receive the highest-quality care, see a dermatologist specifically trained in cosmetic procedures.