You may want to see a skin specialist because you are concerned about the appearance of your skin. However, you may also be wondering if you should see a cosmetic dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Well, there is a clear distinction between the services the two offer and knowing who does what will help you determine whom to see.
What is a Cosmetic Dermatologist?
A cosmetic dermatologist is a medical doctor who has training in dermatology and has further specialized in carrying out cosmetic procedures. After high school, it takes about 11 years for a person to train to become a dermatologist. Some learn to practice cosmetic dermatology during their residency in dermatology and do not seek additional training.
If a trained dermatologist intends to perform procedures that are not covered during their dermatology training, they may require additional learning. Most cosmetic dermatologists offer skin and facial procedures that are minimally-invasive such as dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation procedures, and other injections.
Advancements in the field of cosmetic dermatology are changing what many cosmetic dermatologists do. With the development of procedures such as laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation, we can do more. At our practice in Birmingham, MI, you can find a talented cosmetic dermatologist who will perform any procedure you require (as long as you qualify) no matter how modern.
A Plastic Surgeon
On the other hand, a plastic surgeon is registered with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and performs surgical procedures which have aesthetic benefits. They restructure and reshape the body, and perform operations such as tummy tucks, face lifts, nose jobs, and breast enhancements.
What About Medical Dermatology?
Cosmetic dermatologists are firstly dermatologists, so they also treat patients with medical conditions affecting the skin. However, they also focus on appearance when they treat these severe medical conditions. If they have to perform a surgical procedure, they take special care and precaution to reduce scarring.
If you are in the Birmingham area, you can visit us at Pinnacle Dermatology and access qualified and experienced professionals who will not only treat your skin condition, but also ensure your skin retains its aesthetic appeal. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dermatologist and get started!