Cosmetic Dermatology: What Prospective Patients Should Know

When a person lo oks at their skin, they should be very happy with how it looks. However, various habits such as tanning can lead to the skin not looking as good as it could be. This is because the ultraviolet rays from the sun (this can also happen in a tanning booth) can cause the skin to prematurely wrinkle, as well as incite irregular pigmentation.

This is where the field of cosmetic dermatology comes in. It is important to note that if a person is turning to cosmetic dermatology in order to correct pigmentation problems, the person should first be checked to make sure that these problems are not indicative of skin cancer. In that case, the person will need to see a regular dermatologist for treatment.

If skin cancer has not yet occurred, but the pigmentation is still annoying, cosmetic dermatology treatments often use laser technology. Specifically, irregular pigmentation is caused when the skin produces an excess amount of melanin in order to protect itself from ultraviolet rays. The laser heat breaks apart the skin molecules that have been affected by melanin and erases them.

In the case of premature wrinkling, cosmetic dermatology often uses injections such as Botox. The goal of these injections is to fill out the area of the skin, thereby erasing the wrinkle. Wrinkles prematurely can occur because the ultraviolet rays depleted the amount of hyaluronic acid that the skin produces. It will usually take a couple of treatment sessions for certain dermal fillers to provide optimal results.

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