By DR. ROBERTA PALESTINE
Looking good is a combination of self-care, and outside help, beyond genetics. It is human nature to improve ourselves in all aspects, and looking good is no exception. Many people know the behind-the-scenes tricks and tips, but do you? There are so many ways to improve almost anything on your face or body, the only secret is knowing what’s out there, and where to go.
The first important tip is to always see a board-certified dermatologist. There are several reasons for this. First, before having any type of cosmetic procedure you should always have your skin checked to make sure it’s healthy. Not only should you be getting an annual total body skin exam, but your dermatologist will be checking for anything suspicious while also advising you on treatments. Yes, any doctor can offer a variety of services, but you want to go to one that is first and foremost looking out for your skin health.
The great thing about seeing a dermatologist who is both medical and cosmetic is that they have the unique blend that will optimally help you look your best. For instance, our motto is Blending Beauty with Medicine. A good cosmetic dermatologist will be up to date on the latest technology, and look for ways to enhance and improve your appearance through clinically proven methods. There is no need to waste your hard-earned money in places that do not offer clinical results.
These days so many options are out there, that it’s easy to find the treatments that work for you. Look for a practice that offers variety, to get the best results. For example, you don’t want to go somewhere that has only one laser for laser hair removal, as there are different ones that work best on different skin types. Look for practices that have many options so that you and your doctor can come up with a customized plan, designed for you as an individual.
Now the fun part. How to look your best, while still looking like you? There are so many options to improve your appearance. Let’s start with the face. What would you like to do? Get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? Even out skin tone, texture, or brown spots? Tighten up loose or sagging skin? Look younger, more refreshed, and just generally better? Here are just a few of the things you can do:
Botox and Dysport: Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle: Safely, simply and effectively improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases and “crow’s feet”.
Dermal Fillers: Restalyne, Perlane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Sculptra: Reverse sagging around the mouth/lips, under the eyes and plump up sunken cheeks.
Fraxel Laser Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation: Repair sun damage, improve the tone and texture of your skin and remove years from your appearance. Treats wrinkles, irregular texture, sun spots and age spots, and acne scars.
IPL Laser Treatment – Photo Facial / Photo Rejuvenation Therapy: Intense Pulsed Light allows physicians to treat age and sun spots with this highly effective treatment for skin conditions associated with aging, an active life-style and sun damage. Treats brown spots, rosacea, redness and flushing, and small facial veins, and uneven coloration.
All of these are non-invasive procedures with minimal to no downtime. Some of these procedures are best done before the summer begins, some can be done any time of year. The most important aspect of looking good is to keep your skin healthy, and that means a broad-spectrum sunscreen, every day, several times a day.
There are so many ways to look your best, you only need to find a good cosmetic dermatologist and ask. It is an art, it is a science, and it is a passion. The most important thing is to find a doctor that you trust and respect to help you create your very best self.
Dr. Roberta Palestine is a board-certified dermatologist, and the founder and Medical Director of The Dermatology Center. She has been in practice for 30 years in the D.C. metro area. The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa has three locations in D.C., Bethesda and Germantown, www.dermskin.com or 202-244-4550.