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Cosmetic Dermatology in Ocala, FL

Some people are quite comfortable in the "skin they are in", but for some others, not so much. But there are ways dermatology can help you with your cosmetic concerns. When it comes to cosmetic dermatology, most patients come in wanting to look a bit smoother, a bit fresher and most importantly, a bit younger. Thankfully, there are a host of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures that can achieve just that.

Microdermabrasion — also known as microderm — is one of the best ways to soften fine lines, smooth the texture of the skin and reduce the appearance of mild to moderate sun damage. During the procedure, we exfoliate the face by introducing a gentle stream of fine particles to the skin. For those wishing to look fresher and younger, microderm is a go-to procedure.

Laser hair removal using the diode laser can often help patients achieve permanent hair reduction. To keep you comfortable, this innovative laser uses a cooling device to soothe the skin after each pulse of light.

Medical hair restoration is the name given to a group of surgical hair loss treatments designed to reduce baldness in men. There are several hair replacement procedures used to accomplish this, including hair transplant grafting, flap surgery, scalp reduction, and scalp expansion.

A host of over-the-counter products claim to help fight wrinkles. One option: topical retinoid (derived from vitamin A) creams; look for retinol in the ingredient list. "They're the only thing that's been proven to get rid of wrinkles that you already have," says Leslie Baumann, a Miami Beach dermatologist in private practice.

Chemical Peels are a time-tested and effective means of rejuvenating the face. Peels work by removing the damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, remove blemishes and reduce scarring.

Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin. The effect of your treatment and recovery time vary. "We have lasers that can be superficial or intermediate and deep," says Bahnan Guyuron, chairman of the department of plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve University, who has been researching cosmetic treatments for about 30 years.

Botox and Dysport are injectables that work to prevent creases in the skin. Essentially, these treatments are muscle relaxers that work best against creases that appear intermittently, such as “frown lines.” Based on data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox continues to be the number one Cosmetic Procedure in the US.