There are a variety of dermatology procedures to treat a skin condition or improve the appearance of your skin.
Some procedures, such as a skin biopsy, are performed to determine the cause of a skin condition.
Cosmetic treatments include the following:
- Over-the-counter cosmeceuticals with peptides, botanicals and other active ingredients designed to change the function of the skin
Prescription-strength medications, such as topical retinoids, that can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles,
- Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), most widely known for its ability to diminish wrinkles and other facial lines, is being studied across many medical specialties for use in an array of conditions. New manufacturers have introduced botulinum toxin formulations in recent years, making pricing more competitive and affordable.
- Dermal fillers allow dermatologists to correct signs of aging, from sunken cheeks to fine lines around the eyes and lips.
- Photodynamic therapy
- Laser treatments, such as fractional laser, can treat vascular lesion ( port-wine stains and other birthmarks). The pulsed dye laser selectively heats abnormal blood vessels within the port-wine stain without injuring the surrounding skin. Fractional resurfacing enables your dermatologist to safely treat patients with more extensive skin damage. The main benefits of this procedure are increased collagen production that creates more dramatic results to improve the appearance of skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars — with considerably less downtime than other invasive laser technologies.
- Body contouring
Ask your dermatologist if any of these treatments may be appropriate for you.
Multiple treatments may be combined for the best results. For instance, a botulinum toxin may be administered to the upper part of the face and a dermal filler administered to the lower part of the face.