Dermatologic surgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of medically necessary and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins, mucous membranes and adjacent tissues by various surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic and non-surgical methods. The purpose of dermatologic surgery is to repair and/or improve the function and cosmetic appearance of skin tissue.
Thanks to research breakthroughs, clinical advances and instrumentation innovations pioneered by skin surgery experts, the majority of dermatologic surgeries are now minimally invasive and require only local or regional anesthesia. This translates into superior patient safety while reducing the all-important “downtime” and recovery period. In addition, new developments and the latest techniques are constantly enhancing the results of many established skin surgery procedures.
Examples of dermatologic surgery procedures include anti-aging treatments, injectable, and implantable soft tissue fillers, botulinum toxin treatments, correction of acne scarring, chemical peeling, tumescent liposuction, vein therapy, hair restoration, laser surgery, skin cancer treatment, and reconstructive flaps and grafts.
A dermatologic surgeon is a board-certified physician who specializes in skin surgery. Their primary focus is on the health and beauty of your skin – from head to toe. Nearly all dermatologic surgeons perform both medically necessary and cosmetic surgery procedures to maintain the health, function, and appearance of your skin.
Dermatologic surgeons are pioneers in the research and development of many of today’s most effective therapeutic and cosmetic skincare solutions. For example, the art and science of procedures for the treatment of skin cancer, aging and sun-damaged skin, unwanted hair, varicose veins, scars, undesirable body fat, hair loss, and more were investigated and refined by dermatologic surgeons.