Dr Ismael Maatouk

WHAT IS A COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST?


Cosmetic dermatologist. This dermatologist is injecting a filler to give the patient a more youthful appearance.

The term "cosmetic dermatologist" often causes confusion. To understand this term, it helps to know that all dermatologists receive training in:

  • Medical dermatology: Diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails.
  • Dermatopathology: Diagnose diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails by removing a sample and examining the sample with a microscope.
  • Surgical dermatology: Treat diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails by using a surgical procedure.
  • Cosmetic dermatology: Treat the skin, hair, or nails using a treatment that is meant to improve a patient's appearance rather than treat a disease.

Many dermatologists perform all of the above. Examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into the area of cosmetic dermatology include:

  • Surgery to diminish acne scars.
  • Injecting fillers and botulinum toxins to give an aging face a more youthful appearance.
  • Laser surgery to diminish or remove small veins, age spots, tattoos, or wrinkles.

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