Cosmetic Dermatology Chicago
What does cosmetic dermatology stand for and what is a cosmetic dermatologist?
1: of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion
2: done or made for the sake of appearance
3: visually appealing
– Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin, its structure, functions, and diseases
Dermatologists practice two kinds of dermatology: cosmetic and medical. In some cases, there may be an overlap between the categories. But in both areas, our primary concern is that our patients are happy, healthy, and looking their personal best.
Cosmetic dermatological procedures generally focus on improving one’s appearance, whether that’s in the facial area or in other areas of the body. As dermatologists, we also treat the entire skin of the body. Our procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, can enhance natural features and reshape desired areas of the body and face.
What is plastic surgery?
You may have heard the term “plastic surgery” before. Many people wrongly assume that this term is used because cosmetic surgeons use plastic to perform their techniques or that “plastic” is meant to imply that the end result is somehow “fake.” But that’s not the case at all. In fact, the use of the term “plastic surgery” predates the invention of the material we call plastic. Plastic material wasn’t even called plastic until the early 20th century. Conversely, doctors have been referring to “plastic surgery” since the early 19th century.
So what does “plastic surgery” mean, then? The English word “plastic” comes from the Greek word plastikē, which refers to the art of modeling or shaping. Therefore, “plastic surgery” is surgery that is done to reshape a body feature.
Are plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery the same thing?
- > Plastic surgery is generally focused on reconstruction and is often medical in nature. In some cases, because it is medically necessary, plastic surgery may be covered by insurance.
- > On the other hand, cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing one’s appearance. It is generally elective and therefore normally not covered by most health insurance plans.
- > But in some cases, cosmetic surgery is a part of plastic surgery. For instance, when a patient has a broken nose that is impacting their breathing, we may reconstruct the interior of the nose for medical purposes. But as part of that surgery, we will be using cosmetic surgery techniques to make sure that the exterior of the nose is visually appealing, as well.
See the attached infographic of examples of plastic surgery vs cosmetic surgery.
What are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures?
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are very popular because they are non-invasive, require little downtime, are affordable, and can be a great way to give your appearance a boost.
Some of our most popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are:
• Fillers: fillers can be made from the patient’s own fat or could be one of a number of brand fillers, like Voluma, Juvederm, or Resylane.
• Laser resurfacing: there are a variety of different kinds of laser treatment. Different laser treatments offer different depths of penetration of the skin. Generally, the deeper the laser penetrates, the longer the recovery is, but the more dramatic the results will be.
• Vampire Facelift (platelet-rich plasma treatments): it may sound scary, but it’s actually a great way to boost your appearance using your own platelet-rich plasma.
Body enhancement procedures are also popular with our patients. Many women see us for tummy tucks and Brazilian butt lifts and both men and women use liposuction to reshape stubborn areas of fat on their bodies.
Dermatological treatments and procedures are common requests from our patients at all ages. In addition to laser skin resurfacing, acne treatments and acne scar correction procedures are common. Laser spider vein treatments, laser hair removal, and stretch mark removal are also popular cosmetic procedures.
Did you know this about cosmetic dermatology?
• There were about 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016.
• There were nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016.
Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in the U.S. in 2016
1. Breast augmentation
3. Nose reshaping
4. Eyelid surgery
Top 5 Cosmetic Minimally-Invasive Procedures in the U.S. in 2016
2. Soft tissue fillers
3. Chemical peels
4. Laser hair removal
*Information in this section is from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2016 report.
Safety & Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures – Is Cosmetic Dermatology Safe?
When administered by a Board Certified Dermatologic Surgeon, most cosmetic dermatology procedures are very safe.
Doctors like Dr. Memar and Dr. Caughlin have had years of training in the specifics of their craft. They specialize in these areas and are therefore up-to-date on all the latest techniques, technology, products, trends, and safety measures. Unfortunately, this cannot be said of all practitioners of cosmetic procedures.
In general, there are two groups of practitioners of cosmetic procedures who are not as skilled and trained as doctors like Dr. Memar and Dr. Caughlin are. One type are medical doctors who have specialized in other areas, such as internal medicine or dentistry, who may offer patients fillers like Juvederm or other facial injectable like Botox. While these practitioners are medical doctors, they have not had extensive training in the specifics of dermatology and plastic surgery. They often work in “medical spas,” instead of dedicated dermatologic medicine offices. It is legal in Illinois for these doctors or their assistants, under their supervision, to offer facial injectable. However, we caution our patients to examine a doctor’s training and experience before allowing him or her to do anything that breaks the skin, such as injecting Botox or Juvederm.
But, even worse, there are practitioners who are not medical doctors and are not under the direct supervision of a medical doctor. In Illinois, it is illegal for someone who is not a board certified medical doctor, or not under the direct supervision of a board certified medical doctor, to offer injections to their patients. However, just because it is illegal doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. We hope that the danger of receiving an injection from one of these practitioners speaks for itself: you have no idea who they are, any assurance that they know what they are doing, no confidence that they will know what to do in an emergency, and you cannot even be sure that they are injecting you with what you are paying for. We cannot state strongly enough: these unlicensed practitioners are very dangerous. Before purchasing packages online or undergoing any treatments, be sure your practitioner is a board certified doctor or under the direct supervision of a board certified doctor.
When you come to Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Chicago, you can be assured that you are getting the best care available. Our board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons have undergone rigorous training, earned their degrees, and stay abreast of changes in the field.
Whether you want to reshape your body or refresh your facial appearance, we have the training and experience to help you achieve the best possible “you.”
We look forward to speaking with you and to that end, we offer a free initial consultation for new patients interested in cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic treatments.
Please contact us at 312-230-0180 to book your appointment today!