These new dermatological procedures can almost seem too good to be true. The promises of defying the natural aging process may appear to be something out of a science fiction novel. However, this brand of new and exciting science is anything but fiction. We live in an age of rigorous testing and clinical trials. The risks of performing poor cosmetic dermatology are higher for the doctor than they are for the patient. There are, of course, risks associated with any advance in modern medicine. Procedures can fail, shady doctors can improperly dose an injection. However, many reputable dermatologists offer services specifically designed to repair damage done by less-qualified colleagues. With so much promise, and so many exciting options available, it is important to weigh some of the factors that must be considered before beginning any dermatological procedure.
When selecting a procedure, you must consider your pain threshold. While many of the newer procedures available are designed to be less invasive than major surgery, there can still be a fair bit of pain to take into account. Most procedures in the cosmetic dermatology field involve injections of acid mixtures into the face. Sticking a large needle into your face is not a process for the faint of heart. Aside from the needles, there is one procedure, Thermage, that requires a high pain threshold. This process, designed to firm up sagging skin, involves firing radio-frequency waves into the droopy areas. Some dermatologists have said that many patients find this process to be too much to bear even with serious medication.
Another thing to consider is that many cosmetic procedures are temporary. After the initial sessions, deciding to get your ear lobes touched up may require a follow-up every six months for the next several years. If your spider veins begin to reappear, you may need to go through the full injection process again. Ultimately it is up to the individual to decide if cosmetic dermatology is the right path. Additionally, if you have a qualified dermatologist, you can ask them for guidance.