Q&A with Dr. Jessica Morrell on the latest in cosmetic dermatology
As a dermatologist, which procedures are you doing most commonly in cosmetic dermatology?
Botox, Fillers, and Fraxel laser treatments
In your opinion why are these treatments so popular?
Botox is very popular because the downtime is very minimal and the results are quick. Softening of fine lines and wrinkles can noticeably change the way people look and feel about themselves.
Fillers are a way to add volume to correct age related volume loss. This helps to create a more youthful appearance. There are many different types of fillers so it’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist to learn what’s right for you.
Fraxel is a resurfacing laser that can be used to treat various cosmetic issues. This might include wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, age spots and dyspigmentation. Fraxel might be combined with other lasers for the best result.
Have these cosmetic dermatology procedures always been popular?
These three procedures have been popular for some time. The type of filler products available continues to evolve. For example, cheek filler has become quite popular lately. As we age the cheeks begin to flatten and there is loss of a mid-cheek fat pad. This can lead to loss of volume in the cheeks and increased wrinkles in the lower face. Using fillers to replace volume in the mid cheek can provide a subtle lift in the cheeks and softening of lines in the lower face.
Are creams or topical treatments as effective as these procedures?
Topical retinoids, for example Tretinoin, have been shown to reverse some of the changes due to sun damage. If used long term retinoids may reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigment problems.
Are there products you recommend to extend the treatment results?
I always recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to be used daily for all patients investing time and money in cosmetic procedures. It is very important to prevent further sun damage to get and maintain the best results.
Are there treatments or therapies you wish people knew more about?
Kybella! Kybella is a FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin. This helps people get rid of their unwanted submental fullness or “double chin.” People like this option because it is non-surgical and once the aesthetic goal is reached, further treatments are not expected.
With so much concern about skin cancer and aging, are you seeing more patients who come in for cosmetic dermatology treatments based on these worries?
I am seeing more aging patients who want to try a cosmetic procedure to look refreshed and a bit more youthful. I am also seeing younger patients more frequently. They are often motivated to try and maintain their youthful appearance by starting topical retinoids early, practicing good sun protection and using neurotoxins such as Botox to soften the beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles.
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