The most common types of dermatologists are cosmetic and medical. Cosmetic dermatologists address the needs of patients seeking to mitigate the signs of aging. Medical and surgical dermatologists help treat conditions impacting the skin’s health and appearance. At Derrow Dermatology, we are pleased to offer medical and cosmetic dermatology to our patients. Let’s take a closer look at how these two types of dermatology differ.
A cosmetic dermatologist primarily treats patients who have a desire to look better, even when they have no medical need to do so. Cosmetic dermatology procedures are used to treat more than 5 million patients annually.
Reasons for Cosmetic Dermatology
Smoothing wrinkles, correcting skin tone and texture, and tightening sagging skin under eyes are some of the most common reasons patients see cosmetic dermatologists. In short, this specialization addresses patients’ desire to reverse the signs of aging.
Procedures with an Aesthetic Consideration
Cosmetic dermatologists are trained to perform surgical procedures, so they can focus on helping you look good while treating serious conditions. They will treat patients with psoriasis while helping reduce the appearance of plaques. When treating skin cancer, they will try to have minimal scarring following treatment.
Treatments may include dermal fillers, facials, chemical peels, and other procedures focused on improving the appearance of your skin. Check out our list of cosmetic treatments.
Cosmetic dermatology isn’t covered by most insurance policies since the reasons for treatment are purely based on want rather than need. Cost and payment options will be discussed during your consultation.
Medical dermatology is focused on a patient’s overall health. Annual visits to check for skin cancer or precancerous skin lesions are encouraged.
Diagnosing Skin Conditions
Physicians often refer patients to dermatologists to evaluate and diagnose conditions of the skin, nails, hair, lips, and mouth. Some skin conditions can point to other serious diseases, which is why regular checkups are recommended.
Some of the health issues and diseases medical dermatology addresses are:
- Rosacea or Psoriasis
- Skin Cancer
Where cosmetic dermatologists may treat skin problems in addition to improving appearance, medical dermatologists focus solely on treating ailments to reduce health risks. Check out the medical conditions we often treat.
Insurance companies typically cover medical dermatology procedures since these treatments aim to fix a health issue or injury, and as such, is medically necessary.