Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments of the Face

23 January, 2019

Dermatology is a branch of medical science that deals with diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin, nails and hairs. Increasingly, dermatologists are having to deal with cosmetic issues too related to the skin’s structure and damages attained by it.

With recent advances in medicine, dermatologists are becoming more like magicians – what’s missing is the black cape in place of the white coat! With a wave of their laser wands, they are able to make miraculous changes to the skin without having to undergo invasive procedures. As the population is becoming increasingly conscious of their looks and a job market that caters to smart-looking job-seekers, looking good is fast becoming a must.

Dermatologists are increasingly being called upon to perform quick tricks on cosmetic issues to reverse the signs of skin damage and ageing. These can be performed within a few minutes to a few hours, providing visibly brighter, tauter and younger looking skins. They can even perform cosmetic wonders with drooping jawlines, unsightly spider veins or common sunspots.

Cosmetic dermatology typically offers a wide variety of treatments to correct wrinkles, acne scars, blotchy skin, sun spots, scars, sagging skin, etc. Some of the procedures employed include:

Chemical peels are ideal for minor skin imperfections and work at different levels using various types of acids such as alpha hydroxyl acids, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid or phenol of varying strengths. It exfoliates the outer dead layer to reveal the smoother layer underneath. It’s ideal for removing acne scars, smoothening wrinkles, eliminating age spots or sun damage and generally improving skin texture.

Laser skin resurfacing, also known as laser skin rejuvenation or laser peel, is for deep scarring, age-related skin damages and connective tissue disorders like lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome.

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical procedure which actually ‘sands off’ the imperfections on the skin and has shorter healing time as compared to chemical peels or laser treatments. It’s ideal for dark-skinned people.

Laser skin tightening is highly effective and uses infrared heating of the collagen layer under the skin, making it contract or tighten. This unique facial rejuvenation method is great for sagging and loose skin.

Dermafillersand injectables are great wrinkle fillers and tissue volume enhancers, improving the contour of the whole face. Substances like Botox, hyaluronic acid, PMMA microspheres, PLLA and collagen protein are all fillers under various brand names that are being used to achieve a smoother, younger skin free of wrinkles.

Numerous other procedures including Thermage are also available, with newer technologies coming up in the pipeline.