It is safe to say that the world of dermatology is divided into two separate camps. On the one side, there are cosmetic dermatologists. These individuals use BOTOX® injections and other services to cater to the needs of patients looking to maintain their youthful appearance and remove the signs of aging.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are medical dermatologists. These individuals focus on providing help to patients with medical conditions that are affecting the appearance and health of their skin.
Both types of dermatologists provide an invaluable service to their patients. Both, in some ways, help patients improve the appearance of their skin and will work with patients to help them have skin that is as healthy as it can possibly be.
On an annual basis, over five million cosmetic surgical or nonsurgical procedures were performed by dermatologists.
One side effect of the growth of the cosmetic dermatology industry is that there is an ever-present shortage of medical dermatologists.
Noting this trend, many dermatologists are splitting their time between the cosmetic side of the field and the strict medical side of the field.
Dermatologists as a whole do not want to forget the medical problems associated with dermatology. In order for the cosmetic side of the industry to grow, constant research must be done on the medical side. Dermatologists realize that they cannot give up their focus on this area.
Dermatologists are clear to state that they are not seeing a wholesale flight of medical dermatologists to the cosmetic surgical field. What they are noticing is that more dermatologists have included cosmetic surgery as a portion of work they do.
The American Academy of Dermatology commented that on average, dermatologists spend about five hours of the week doing cosmetic procedures and 32 hours of the week seeing patients who have medical issues that need to be treated.
At the end of the day, while cosmetic and medical dermatology are different, it is almost impossible to separate the two areas of practice from each other. They work hand-in-hand to help patients feel better and look better.
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- DO shave in between treatments. This is the best way to quickly remove hair without damaging the root. Your beauty therapist will shave the area before applying the laser to your skin, anyway, as any visible hair will only get singed otherwise!
- DON'T apply heavy make-up for 24 hours after your laser treatment to avoid clogging the skin and causing breakouts. If you really have to, opt for mineral types, such as Jane Iredale, Inika and bareMinerals which let the skin 'breathe.'
- DO avoid sun exposure - and lay off the fake tan, too. Lasers are more compatible with paler skin-types, so, even though a tan looks great, it'll minimise the efficiency of the laser, preventing the energy from making its way to the root of the hair.
- DON'T wax, epilate or pluck your hair in between treatments as it removes the hair from the root. Lasers work because they are attracted to the hair's pigment underneath the skin and if it is completely gone, there won't be anything there for the laser to zap. If this is the case, you might have to wait up to another four weeks for the root to re-form until you can be treated again.
- DO wear a high factor SPF. After treatments, skin becomes more sensitive to UV rays, so always slather it in a high factor sunscreen to protect it from things like hyperpigmentation and sensitivity.
- DO exfoliate the area gently as it encourages the dead roots to fall out after every treatment and will make your skin look less bumpy and shadowy.
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- 22-12-2017, 15:32
Dermatologists are doctors.
This seems like a simple one, but it should be noted that dermatologists are doctors. After obtaining their bachelor’s degrees, those seeking a career in dermatology attend medical school, becoming a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO). They subsequently complete a yearlong internship and at least three years in a dermatology residency program.
After receiving one’s license to practice medicine, an individual can become a board-certified dermatologist by completing board exams, which test a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skills. To maintain board certification, a doctor must retake the exams every ten years. This ensures they stay up to date on industry trends, conditions and treatments.
Dermatologists don’t just focus on skin.
In addition to treating skin conditions, dermatologists specialize in the treatment of hair, nails and mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth, nose and eyelids).
Dermatologists are trained in four areas of expertise.
1. Medical dermatology is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails.
2. Dermatopathology is the diagnosis of diseases by removing and examining a sample.
3. Surgical dermatology treats these diseases through surgical procedures.
4. Finally, cosmetic dermatology treats the skin, hair or nails in an attempt to improve a patient’s appearance.
Dermatologists are able to diagnose more than 3,000 diseases including some you’ve heard of, such as acne and psoriasis, and some you may not have, like argyria, which is caused by excessive exposure to chemical compounds of the element silver, or to silver dust causing the skin to be stained a grey-blue shade.
There are many reasons to visit a dermatologist.
Patients visit skin specialists for a host of medical and cosmetic reasons. Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). While there are dermatologist-approved skin care products that can effectively treat acne and other conditions, serious and persistent problems may require consultation with a professional. For Dr. Avshalumova, acne is a leading impetus for visits to her office, along with rashes, psoriasis, eczema, and many other common skin conditions. She also frequently performs cosmetic treatments like Botox, laser hair removal or chemical peels. Other common concerns include the treatment of age spots and wrinkles.
Certain skin concerns warrant immediate consultation.
Any new or changing moles should be evaluated by a dermatologist. These could be indicators of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S. The AAD finds that almost 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is, therefore, a healthy practice to regularly give oneself a skin check at home. If you have family history of a serious skin condition, it is also advisable to visit a dermatologist—even if you don’t suspect anything.
Come to your first dermatology appointment prepared to ask questions.
As with all medical consultations, you’ll want to be prepared when you first visit a dermatologist. If you have several skin concerns, it may be helpful to write a list so you don’t forget what to bring to your doctor’s attention. Also don’t forget: You need to pay attention too. It’s a good idea to take notes at your appointment to reference once you get home.
You’ll need to answer questions, too.
In terms of what questions you’ll be expected to answer, your dermatologist will ask questions based upon the specific issues you have. You’ll want to inform your doctor of any over-the-counter products, medications and treatments you’ve tried in the past, and how you reacted to each one. The doctor will then perform an examination and make treatment recommendations—which may range from lifestyle changes to a medical procedure.
You may need a referral to see a dermatologist.
When searching for a dermatologist, there are numerous online resources including ZocDoc and Health Grades, which offer ratings and reviews of doctors. You can search the American Academy of Dermatology website for local skin specialists. Additionally, many hospitals have dermatology departments with top-rated skin specialists. Another route is traditional word of mouth, to solicit a recommendation from your personal or professional networks.
It is important to note that while certain insurance carriers do cover visits to the dermatologist, you may need a referral from your primary care physician (PCP). Check with your insurance carrier before booking an appointment with a specialist to see if a visit to your PCP will be necessary.
You’ll want to check with your insurance provider before booking a procedure or treatment.
If during your visit to a dermatologist they recommend any treatments or procedures, you’ll want to see if your insurance company will cover the costs. You could check with your carrier beforehand, if you have an idea of what treatment you might need. Another approach would be to go to your appointment and get recommendations. Afterward call your insurance carrier to see if a recommended procedure is covered and what the costs would be, then make a follow-up if you want to do it. For example, cosmetic treatments are typically not covered. You’ll likely have to pay out of pocket for something unrelated to health concerns.