8 Things Your Dermatologist Wants to Tell You
Lasers and needles. (Or you might end up like these people.) "Clinicians can take a weekend course in injecting Botox or fillers or learning a laser, and then hang a certificate on their wall," reveals Bowe. "But that doesn't mean they have adequate training in facial anatomy, nor does it mean they know what to do in the case of an emergency or complication."
How to help her—and you: Look for someone who's board-certified in dermatology and has graduated from a dermatology residency program. If you're interested in laser procedures, Bowe recommends finding a dermatologist who has multiple lasers on hand. Why? Some lasers that work well for lighter skin can burn the pigment in darker skin, leading to scars. "If he has only one or two lasers in the office, he might not be able to offer you the best option for your skin."
What she wants to tell you: We don’t always practice what we preach.
"I used to take my dog outside in the morning without putting on sunscreen first," Jaliman admits. "It would only be for about five minutes, and I'd put it on after I came back." Jaliman was eventually reminded of something she always told her patients: Sun damage is cumulative. "I noticed I was getting freckles on my face, and I needed to laser them off." Now she doesn't even step out of the house without sunscreen—not even for the doggie's bathroom break. And her freckles have never come back.
How to help her—and you: Learn from her advice—as well as from her mistakes (because it's unlikely you have a laser machine at home to cover up yours).
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