08 Oct A Dermatologist for Medical and Cosmetic Treatments
A dermatologist is a doctor who cares for your skin, which is the largest organ of the body. Spectrum Dermatology offers both medical and cosmetic dermatology care, and since there are over 3,000 types of skin issues these two branches of dermatology can sometimes overlap. What are the differences between medical and cosmetic dermatology? There are quite a few differences depending on the skin concern or disorder.
People visit a dermatologist for different reasons and at different stages of their life. For instance, maybe a rash or a strange-looking mole has you searching for a dermatologist in your area. It is impossible to know exactly what a skin issue is until it is diagnosed by a professional, and something like a mole could ultimately be a medical issue, cosmetic issue, or both. Those who are serious about caring for their skin become familiar with both aspects of the dermatological field. Ideally, you work with a dermatologist who is a specialist in both branches so that you enjoy the best in care when it comes to staying healthy and looking your best.
The Two Branches of Dermatology
Cosmetic and medical dermatology are both invaluable specialties. Cosmetic dermatology is reserved for treatments designed exclusively to help skin look young, vibrant, and clear. Some of the most popular treatments in the world of cosmetic dermatology include dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, vein reduction, injections like Botox, chemical peels, and skin tightening treatments. Most clients seek out these treatments specifically because they want to feel their best—and these people are in good company. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that there were 17.7 million cosmetic dermatology treatments performed last year.
Demand for cosmetic dermatology treatments is growing every year, thanks in large part to the ever-advancing technology and treatments. A combination of treatments and routine maintenance can help you revitalize your skin, boost your confidence, and look rested and refreshed.
Medical dermatologists focus on the disease facet of the specialty. They are committed to treating skin diseases and perform the very important annual skin cancer screening everyone should schedule (also known as a “mole check”). The world of medical dermatology can include diagnosing and treating skin cancer, psoriasis, rosacea, alopecia, warts, contact allergies, and even acne. Acne is a medical condition even though it is very common and most people will experience some kind of acne in their lifetime.
Skin diseases can also vary in severity. For example, the most dangerous form of skin cancer (melanoma) cannot be compared to mild acne, and yet they are both medical skin conditions. Overlap between cosmetic and medical dermatology can occur when the “desire” for beautiful skin intersects with the necessary treatment for a disease.
Consider the acne example once more. There are different types of acne, from the common whiteheads to cystic acne that can cause deep scarring. A medical treatment for acne might include a prescription topical ointment. Clients may want to complement the treatment and prevention of future acne with laser skin rejuvenation to remove old acne scarring. This is where the two worlds of dermatology meet. Skin cancer is another example. It is vital to quickly diagnose and treat skin cancer, and an excision is usually the most conservative form of treatment. If the excision is in a very visible spot, such as the face, the patient may opt for future treatments to reduce the visibility of the scar. In this case, medical and cosmetic dermatology once again come together.
Why Choose a Medical and Cosmetic Dermatologist in One?
Some dermatologists may exclusively offer either cosmetic or medical services. However, given how common it is to need or want both medical and cosmetic dermatology, this usually isn’t the best approach. Patients deserve a reputable dermatology clinic that can treat the entire person. That’s why Spectrum Dermatology offers four different convenient locations around the Phoenix area, offering complete medical and cosmetic services at each location.
For those who care about the health and beauty of their skin, it is impossible to keep medical and cosmetic dermatology separated. Care for the largest organ you have by trusting your skin to both a medical and cosmetic dermatologist for all of your treatments and needs. Call Spectrum Dermatology today at (480) 948-8400 to schedule a consultation or appointment.