Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures
Cosmetic dermatology involves one or more treatment methods that change a person’s appearance primarily to make them look young. It includes different methods, but the procedures are carried using either laser treatment or injections, or both in a bid to offer aesthetic solutions to skin issues caused by injuries, congenital disabilities, skin conditions, and effects of aging.
The skin is constantly exposed to sunlight and other substances that change its texture and appearance making it look old. Exposure to these things also leads to the development of skin conditions such as rosacea, brown spots, dryness, and acne due to the abnormalities in the upper layer of the skin. The cosmetic physician will offer a number of treatment options that include shots, face chemical peels, lotions to surgical cosmetic dermatology procedures as well as laser treatment. Below are some of the procedure options.
• Chemical Peels
The dermatologist will use a chemical peel to remove the damaged upper layers to reveal the underlying skin that is healthy and more vibrant. If the upper layer is not extensively damaged, then a milder chemical peel can be used to reverse the effect of the sun, remove fine lines and reduce the roughness and discolorations.
• Cosmetic Fillers
Fillers are often used to add volume to the skin. Our skin loses volume as we age and this causes it to become loose creating folds, dark lines, and wrinkles. Dermatologists will inject soft tissue filler into the skin to create the tissue volume and make the skin appear fuller with a more youthful and natural look. The fillers can also be used to soften depressed scars
Photofacial is a light-source rejuvenation skin treatment that involves the use of a device emitting multiple wavelengths of Broadband Light (BBL) or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). It can be used to correct pore size and work on discoloration and fine lines as well as sun damage. Photofacial is often done in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such cosmetic fillers and laser therapy.
It a highly specialized treatment that involved the use of some toxin (most known as Botox) derived from botulinum toxic through a highly purified and diluted preparation process of the botulinum. Botox is widely known for treating effects of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
• Laser Hair Reduction
Laser hair reduction is a cosmetic dermatology procedure the skin specialist will suggest to patients that have excess hair growth or those seeking to remove some hairs from certain parts of their body. The technique can be done on the neck, back, face, legs, underarms, and groin areas. Laser hair reduction can be done to give permanent or temporary hair removal.
Dermatologists use microdermabrasion to correct age-related changes as well as other issues such as discolorations, sun damage, and superficial scarring. Microdermabrasion involves the use of tiny crystals that exfoliate the superficial layer (top most layer) of the skin that often has an accumulation of dead skin to appear smooth, young, and healthy.
• Fractional Laser Treatment
It is a high advance laser treatment method where a laser beam is divided into hundreds of light columns targeting a fraction of a section of the skin at a time. Dermatologists use fractional laser treatment to improve the tone and texture of the skin and highly suggest this for treating a particular area of the skin to enhance its appearance gradually and with minimal downtime as well as side effects.
• Laser Skin Resurfacing
Resurfacing is often done on the upper layer skin layer, a technique that can be used to reverse sun damage, get rid of discoloration, roughness, brown spots and other unsightly skin issues change the texture and appearance of the skin. The laser is set to gently pill the superficial skin to expose the healthy skin layer with less damage and disfigurations.
Sclerotherapy is often done on the thighs and lower legs to shrinking the small veins that appear due to various reasons that include weight gain, standing for long hours, and genetic factors. The procedure involves the use of hypertonic saline, a specialized, concentrated salt water, injected into the tiny superficial veins.