Medical versus Cosmetic Dermatology: Enhancing Health, Beauty, and Confidence

As a board-certified dermatologist, I provide both medical and cosmetic services. Patients often ask what’s the difference. Let’s look at each, and help you to understand which services are vital to your health and which are offered to help enhance how you look and feel about yourself.

Medical Dermatology

Medical dermatology primarily addresses health-related skin issues. At its core lies an understanding of your skin’s anatomy and physiology. The skin, our body’s largest organ, serves as a protective barrier, shielding us from external threats while regulating temperature and moisture levels. Within its layers reside a myriad of cells, each playing a unique role in maintaining homeostasis and vitality.

  • My role as a Dermatologist: From diagnosing common conditions like acne and eczema to managing complex diseases such as melanoma and psoriasis, I navigate a vast spectrum of dermatological concerns with precision and empathy.
  • Diagnostic Tools: Accurate diagnosis serves as the cornerstone of effective treatment. I employ various diagnostic modalities, ranging from visual inspection and the use of a dermatoscope, to biopsy and molecular testing. These tools allow me to determine your specific needs and tailor customized treatments.
  • Treatments: No single solution is right for every patient. That’s why I use a variety of treatments, ranging from topical medications and systemic medications, to advanced procedures like laser therapy and surgical excision. 

Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic dermatology focuses on improving the appearance of the skin through non-medically necessary procedures. Unlike medical dermatology, it aims to enhance aesthetics, rejuvenate skin, and correct imperfections, thereby helping you look your best and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

We offer a wide range of cosmetic services to meet your changing needs:

  • Injectables: Injectables like Botox and dermal fillers are popular for reducing wrinkles, restoring volume, and enhancing facial contours. These treatments are minimally invasive and offer quick results with little to no downtime.
  • Laser Therapy: Laser treatments target specific skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, and unwanted hair. They work by stimulating collagen production, promoting skin tightening, and reducing the appearance of imperfections.
  • Microneedling: Either with plasma rich platelet (PRP) or coupled with radiofrequency (RF), microneedling is a popular, minimally invasive procedure that helps produce more collagen and elastin. These proteins keep your skin firm and smooth.
  • Microdermabrasion: This exfoliation technique removes dead skin cells, revealing a fresher, more radiant complexion. It’s effective for treating dullness, uneven texture, and mild pigmentation problems.

Customized Treatments

Medical needs. Cosmetic wants. We tailor your treatments to meet each individual’s unique needs, ensuring personalized care and optimal outcomes. Feel free to contact us about any of our dermatological services.