How is Cosmetic Dermatology Different from General Dermatology?

In the field of dermatology, there are different groups of practice—cosmetic dermatology and general dermatology. While both practices help improve the skin, there are some key distinctions.

What is Cosmetic Dermatology?

Here at SCC Derm Surgery, we specialize in cosmetic dermatology. This branch of dermatology involves working with patients and using aesthetic skincare treatments and procedures to help patients reach their skin goals.

The best trained cosmetic dermatologists have completed additional graduate training through fellowships and are members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

Some services we offer to help patients reach their skin goals are chemical peels, injectable aesthetics, microdermabrasion and laser treatments. Our objective is to enhance the patient’s appearance, as well as treat some skin issues such as blood vessels and redness caused by rosacea.

If you’re looking for a solution to restore aging skin, rejuvenate vaginal health, improve sun-damaged skin, remove scarring, soften skin, or even correct hyperpigmentation, SCC Derm Surgery has solutions for you.

What is General Dermatology?

On the other hand, general/medical dermatology targets the disease aspect of skin conditions to minimize health risks.

If you need an examination for skin cancers, acne, rashes, skin allergies, psoriasis, rosacea, evaluation of birthmarks, hair loss, nail abnormalities or warts, you might consider seeing a general dermatologist. Click here to see our list of recommended general dermatologists.

This doesn’t mean that cosmetic dermatology cannot focus on skin cancers. For instance, Dr. Tull is a dermatologic surgeon who is fellowship trained and specializes in Mohs Surgery. You might also see that general dermatologists actually practice cosmetic dermatology, as well.

As a cosmetic dermatologist practice, we’re trained and qualified to perform over 30 procedures to solve a range of dermatology and cosmetic issues. At the end of the day, our goal is to give every patient healthy skin that looks and feels great.


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