Most people know that a dermatologist specialises in the skin, but what is a cosmetic dermatologist? A cosmetic dermatologist specialises in the aesthetics of the skin. Cosmetic dermatologists also treat medical skin problems, such as acne and dermatitis that also improve the appearance of the skin.

High Demand for Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic dermatologists are highly in demand today. With an extraordinary range of tools in their kit the results achieved today are far beyond what we would even have seen 20 years ago. Much of this is due to the increasing professionalism of the sector, plus the technological advancements such as lasers.

With a focus on the cosmetic aspect of the skin, cosmetic dermatology goes further than superficial skin care. The field has become increasingly medicalised with proven medical treatments being included in the treatment regime to achieve the best results.

Cosmetic Dermatologists

ASCD Symposium 2019 – Sydney, photo courtesy of Clinical Imaging

The Australian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD)

In Australia, the Australian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD) is the society provide education and training activities under the Skin Health Institute Inc (SHI), with individual affiliation (members) open to all Australian and New Zealand registered dermatologists and dermatology trainees.

The Role of ASCD in Australia

The ASCD strives to be at the leading edge of innovation by continually evolving their product offerings, including an extensive curriculum of live and digital events, a new industry journal, and multiple opportunities for Affiliates to share, collaborate and learn within the dermatology community. ASCD offerings, including the awarding-winning annual ASCD Symposium, are open to all healthcare professionals and cosmetic practitioners globally.

Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures

Some cosmetic dermatology procedures and treatments that can improve the appearance of skin include:

  • Signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Improve skin texture and suppleness
  • Improve skin tone
  • Removal of moles, skin tags and other lesions

How to find a Cosmetic Dermatologist

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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