Cosmetic Dermatology: Your Questions on This Medical Specialty Answered
By North Georgia Dermatology
June 04, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatology Care  
In dermatology, there are many fields and areas of focus. Some dermatologists find caring for rare skin conditions their calling while others are dedicated to helping your skin look its best. The latter is true for Dr. Dolan. As a cosmetic dermatologist, she performs many cosmetic-focused procedures that are best left to the care of a trained physician whose designated specialty is dermatology.

Traditional vs. Cosmetic

To understand the difference between cosmetic dermatology and traditional dermatology, you can compare and contrast two approaches between a medical dermatologist and a cosmetic dermatologist. A medical dermatologist is concerned with correcting a problem to achieve a healthy outcome. From removing a potentially cancerous lesion to helping you treat your acne, the goal is to eradicate the condition. A cosmetic dermatologist accomplishes this, but also keeps in mind your appearance. For example, a lesion may be removed in such a way to minimize scarring or recommend a treatment that is associated with smoother skin in addition to healthier skin.

Our Cosmetic Services Offered

As a cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Dolan is focused on helping you utilize at-home treatments and in-office treatments that keep you from having smooth skin that is as blemish, wrinkle and scar-free as possible. While some dermatologists are focused on solely treating diseases, Dr. Dolan as a cosmetic dermatologist also treats factors that may not be diseases, but still affect your overall well-being and self-confidence. Some examples could improve:
• Acne
• Acne scarring
• Age spots
• Frown lines
• Wrinkles
While these conditions may not threaten your health, taking steps to improve them can help you feel better about your skin.
Cosmetic dermatologists also offer several signature services that combine a dermatologist’s knowledge of the face, skin and wrinkling with the latest treatments. An example could include providing BOTOX injections to areas of facial wrinkling or sagging. Cosmetic fillers that aim to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles are another service Dr. Dolan provides that falls under the “cosmetic dermatology” category.
While there are many providers that offer such services, Dr. Dolan encourages her Lawrenceville patients to remember that each product requires not only knowledge and training, but also artistry for the exact place to inject and with how much to obtain the best results. In many instances, a cosmetic dermatologist is the right person to offer such services. Using her training and techniques, she can carefully help you achieve your goals for a smoother, younger appearance.
In addition to in-office treatments such as chemical peels, Dr. Dolan is also concerned with what factors in your environment and everyday life could be contributing to faster than normal skin wrinkling. She can discuss how your diet, stress, sun exposure and even heredity play a role in your skin’s appearance. She can also recommend anti-aging products or other skin care regimens that have been scientifically proven to help you experience results.
To learn more about cosmetic dermatology services offered at our Lawrenceville, GA dermatology office, please call (770) 962-5040 for more information.