Cosmetic dermatology is often practiced in medical spas and dermatologist offices by highly trained professionals such as medical aestheticians and dermatologists (medical doctors who have specialized in this field). However, there is now a wide array of “at home products” that can help you achieve some of the results of proper cosmetic dermatological treatments. Below we will discuss the different types of cosmetic dermatology and associated treatments and services.
What is the difference between office cosmetic dermatology procedures and at-home treatment products?
Office procedures and at home treatment products greatly differ in quality, cost, and time. For instance masks that are used to draw out impurities will not be quite as effective as the masks used at a dermatologist’s office or medical spa. Another good example is the strength of certain products such as chemical peels. The peels available through your medical professional’s office will be much stronger as medical staff are trained to use them without harming you or your skin. The at-home treatments available at your drug store will not be as strong and you won’t achieve the same results as a professional would. Because at home treatments aren’t as effective, you may find yourself having to repeat the treatment much more often than you would if you just went to a professional. Depending on the at-home treatment type, this can end up being quite time consuming and costly.
What services are available through cosmetic dermatology offices?
There are many various different cosmetic dermatology services and treatments that exist, however, the number of services as well as their quality may vary from one practice to another. This is why choosing the right dermatologist practice that offers not only quantity but also a great quality of various cosmetic dermatology services for your cosmetic and skincare needs is very important. We are happy to offer the following treatments and services at our office for Cosmetic Dermatology in Clarkston, MI:
- Chemical Peels
- Dermal Fillers
- Visia Skin Analysis
- Botox® Cosmetic
What products are available for at home treatments?
There are thousands of products available for at home treatments. Unfortunately these products don’t always offer the same care or results that a professional can. At-home treatments can range from chemical peels, masks, at home microdermabrasion and more. However, these products are sometimes a great addition to the services you receive through a cosmetic dermatologist.
It is important to realize that not all at-home remedies will be compatible with your skin. You could experience rashes, allergic reactions, dryness, and other complications. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of a medical professional before using any of these products.
Cosmetic Dermatology services should only be provided by a qualified, licensed professional. If you get treatment from someone who is not a professional it could result in unwanted results such as scaring, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, allergic reactions and much more.
Only a dermatologist or other physician can diagnose skin disorders and diseases. More often than not, when people attempt to treat these things at home, they end up with negative results and have to see a dermatologist anyway.
Of course there are exceptions to this, such as mild acne and non-laser hair removal. Some things can be treated at home, but for more severe cases it is imperative that you make an appointment. In addition, if you notice any acute changes in your skin, moles, cysts, or other disconcerting characteristics that are not normal, you should set an appointment. The condition of your skin is more often than not a good sign of your internal health.