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August 24 2010

Is Cosmetic Dermatology Effective Over the Long Term?

Cosmetic dermatology is a field that some skin doctors specialize in.  Many plastic surgeons are also skin MD, although the specialization is found in other fields of medicine including dentistry.  Here’s a look at some of the most common elective procedures available today.

Face Lifts

Face lifts used to be more popular than they are today .  Other procedures are less costly , less invasive and may be equally as effective.  However, it is the only procedure that get rid of wrinkles on every part of the face all at once .  Costs in the US range from $7,000 to $15,000 or more.

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Collagen injections and Botox are popular choices for reducing wrinkles on specific areas of the face.  Portions of the face that can be targeted include the area beneath the eyes, at the corners of the mouth and from the nose to the mouth .  The costs of injections range from $400 to $1000 per treatment. 

The treatments don’t last as long as a face lift, but the low cost makes them a popular choice .  The procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, usually in a medi spa facility or by a skin MD.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are used to loosen the outer layers of dead skin cells.  Over time , the outer layer will peel off , revealing smoother more youthful looking skin.  The treatment is also used to even out skin tone, eliminate age spots, reduce fine lines or improve acne.

There are many kinds of chemical peels that are used in cosmetic dermatology .  One of the least irritating is composed of alpha hydroxy acids.  They are naturally occurring acids found in citrus fruit.

Beta hydroxy acids are even less irritating than alpha hydroxy acids, but have an increased ability to get deeper into the pore.  This is especially helpful for acne where dead skin cells within the pore cause inflammation that leads to pimples.  Salicylic acid is one of the beta hydroxy acids.  It is found in common aspirin.

Retinoic acid peels are stronger than alpha and beta hydroxy acids.  They peel more layers of skin that is beneficial for reducing scars and some kinds of wrinkles .  Recuperation time for this type of peel takes more time .

The costs of chemical peels vary depending on which type of solution is used, but are relatively inexpensive cosmetic dermatology procedures.  Confer with your local dermatologist or visit Skin MD Blog for more info.