Both plastic surgeons and dermatologists can perform procedures that will achieve the results you are looking for. Much of the expertise of plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists overlaps in aesthetic medicine.
Dermatology addresses conditions of the skin, and cosmetic dermatology is a subspecialty of dermatology. It involves minimally invasive and topical procedures. With advances in treatment options such as light energy treatments, laser skin treatments, neurotoxins, and fillers, cosmetic facial treatments have become increasingly popular.
Plastic surgery, on the other hand, goes deeper than skin level and is mainly focused on repairing and reconstructing, such as removing a facial cyst. Surgical solutions are therefore made to resolve an actual health-related issue rather than just a cosmetic concern. These more invasive procedures are used to fix parts of the face or body, and plastic surgery may also be covered by insurance if the procedure is to correct a true disfigurement.
What Training Do Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Have?
To attain board certification, both plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists need to have attended medical school and completed a residency. A plastic surgeon will have also completed a fellowship in a program with a surgical specialty.
Dermatologists need to attain post-residency training in cosmetic surgery. In terms of practice, plastic surgeons are usually in operating rooms, while dermatologists typically work in clinical settings.
Overlap in Aesthetic Medicine
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists can both perform standard procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and various rejuvenating skin treatments. Both groups of physicians form relationships with one another. They can also refer patients to one another to provide the patient with the best care possible for any given specific treatment.
Many people are interested in improving their facial appearance through minimally invasive and topical procedures provided by a dermatologist. A cosmetic dermatology procedure and treatment can help improve the appearance of:
- Premature aging
- Fine lines
- Pigmentation issues
- Skin texture and suppleness
- Moles and other lesions
Plastic Surgery in Rapid City and Gillette
Discuss with your plastic surgeon about the problems that concern you. They can work with you to help you reach your goals.
For any type of plastic surgery or cosmetic dermatology procedure, make sure you only engage with educated, experienced, and skilled providers. Your chosen practitioner needs to have an artful eye and an aesthetic you like, based on their past procedures.
Here at Black Hills Plastic Surgery, all of our practitioners will give you optimum care for your skin and associated issues. We’re conveniently located in both Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakota, as well as in Gillette, Wyoming. Our clients come from all around the area, including North Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska.
Take a look at our portfolio of before-and-after photos, and talk to our surgeons about what we can do for you. If you are interested, contact us today by calling our friendly team at (605) 343-7208 or request a consultation online. Let us show you how you can look your best.