Looking for a facial treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles? Want to brighten and refresh your skin? Plump up sunken areas or smooth lines for a younger look? There are plenty of places you can go for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, but they’re not all the same. If you want the best results, see a dermatologist, not a day spa. Here’s why:
More treatment options
A spa can only offer certain treatments, and the estheticians are limited in their knowledge and access to products and procedures. Many of the services may be similar (for example, BOTOX, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling etc.) But a dermatology office offers treatments that a day spa does not have access to (for example, intense pulsed light (IPL), and vascular laser).
Establishments called Medspas or Medispas have become more popular because they offer cosmetic services overseen by a physician. But this physician may not be a dermatologist. Why does that matter?
When you come to a dermatologist’s office for facial rejuvenation, you can expect a more holistic, high-quality and long-lasting result. Because we specialize in the skin, dermatologists can make recommendations that account for underlying conditions (like acne or rosacea) and provide consultative input rather than just delivering a service. A dermatologist is more qualified to make recommendations for products and treatments that can have a noticeable impact on the health and appeal of your skin for the long term. With a beauty industry worth over half a billion dollars, it’s hard to know which recommendations to follow and which products or treatments to invest in. Who can you trust to guide you through the noise? A board certified dermatologist, that’s who!
Safe, accredited facility
While most cosmetic dermatology treatments are considered safe, risks do exist. When not performed properly, some procedures can result in temporary or permanent injury to facial nerves, skin damage, burns, or discoloration. There is also the very real risk of a poor result. When you trust your skin to an unaccredited establishment, you don’t know if their practices meet safety standards or if their staff is properly trained or skilled. Especially when it comes to long-term treatments like BOTOX and facial fillers, you don’t want to risk your face to just anyone.
With a dermatologist overseeing your care, you can expect the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and quality. Even if it’s not the doctor who is performing your procedure, you can feel assured that the staff has been properly trained and meets a rigorous skill level. And in the rare case that something does go wrong, there is a highly qualified medical professional there to handle it!
Skin conditions can be diagnosed and treated
You think you have acne, but it might be rosacea. You think you have dry skin, but it might be dermatitis. When you see a dermatologist, not only are you assured of a safe, effective result, you also get answers to any questions you may have about your skin. A dermatologist can help you with the overall health and beauty of your skin, including the removal of skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, warts, and more. You also have the added benefit of a medical professional to assess suspicious growths.
Access to medical-grade products
Medical-grade products have higher concentrations of active ingredients than those that can be sold outside of a medical establishment. When it comes to the skin, the strength of the product can have a significant impact on results, and medical-grade products often don’t cost much more than inferior options. When you see a dermatologist, you have access to the best, most effective products, ensuring that you get what you pay for.
You have choices when it comes to facial rejuvenation and procedures like BOTOX, facial fillers, chemical peels and more. But if you are going to invest in a cosmetic procedure or treatment, let us help you choose the option that will give you the safest, longest-lasting, and best result. We’re dermatologists… we know skin and we know what it needs to be healthy, hydrated, vibrant and beautitful.
The answer is clear. For best results… see a dermatologist!