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The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures

Cosmetic dermatology is the area of dermatological medicine that relates to aesthetics. If you are concerned about maintaining or improving your skin’s appearance, then you visit a cosmetic dermatologist. Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases their list of which cosmetic dermatology procedures have been the most popular in the preceding year. For 2012, the most popular cosmetic dermatology procedures were:

Cosmetic Dermatology

  1. Botox/Dysport
    Botox has become a widely recognized brand name, but now has competition in the form of Dysport. Aside from getting a facelift, the use of these drugs is the best way for you to eliminate wrinkles. Both drugs are injectable muscle relaxers that are used to prevent skin creases like frown lines and crow’s feet; those are the types of wrinkles that come from making facial expressions and can make you look tired even when you are not. According to the ASPS, the use of Botox/Dysport is the most popular minimally invasive dermatology procedure in the US. It may be combined with other cosmetic dermatology procedures on this list for even greater improvements to your appearance.
  2. Dermal Fillers
    Sometimes referred to as “facial fillers” or “liquid facelifts,” these are typically used to correct deeper creases. The use of dermal fillers can provide you with the benefits of a facelift without the extensive recovery time. Dermal fillers include products like Juvederm and Restylane. Whereas Botox and Dysport relax muscles to eliminate intermittent creases, dermal fillers fill in creases that are always visible. Dermal fillers are the second most popular minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology treatment option among women.
  3. Chemical Peels
    This chemical exfoliation procedure involves removing the skin’s outer layers to make it smoother and to remove blemishes.  The types of blemishes that can be helped by a chemical peel include age and liver spots as well as acne scars. Chemical peels are mostly used on the face but may also be used on your neck, hands or chest. In most cases, the procedure takes only minutes and no sedation is needed.
  4. Laser Hair Removal
    The fourth most popular cosmetic dermatology procedure is also the second most popular one for men. The goal of the procedure is to reduce your hair growth permanently by using a powerful pulsating light beam. Lasers are used to target coarser hairs without damaging the surrounding skin; the procedure works best if you have light skin and dark hair. In most cases, three to five laser hair removal sessions will be enough to provide permanent hair loss in most patients.
  5. Microderabrasion
    Often shortened to just “microderm,” micordermabrasion is a method of reducing mild to moderate sun damage by abrading your skin with fine particles. This type of exfoliation may be administered with a diamond tipped wand or with a handheld device. Microderm also has the benefit of thickening your collagen. The result is that fine lines on your face are smoothed and you are left with younger-looking skin.