in Westerville, OH
Who said dermatology should only address the medical side of skin issues, such a eczema, rosacea, or contact dermatitis? At Westerville Dermatology, our three board certified dermatologists also believe helping your skin look its best and healthiest is a part of our job.
That’s why we offer a slate of cosmetic dermatology procedures. From intense pulsed light to remove age spot to lasers for skin tightening or tattoo removal, from tightening a double chin to returning volume to sunken cheeks — we offer a wide range of cosmetic dermatology treatments for our patients from Westerville and the surrounding areas.
What is cosmetic dermatology?
Whereas medical dermatology focuses on skin conditions such as acne and how to address the P.acnes bacteria behind it, cosmetic dermatology would look to lessen the scars created by acne.
Cosmetic dermatology involves improving the appearance of your skin. Our skin is uniquely affected by some areas of the aging process. First comes our declining collagen production. Every year after our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen than the year before. That means by our 50th birthday, we’re producing about a third less collagen. Since collagen is the protein responsible for providing the structural framework under our skin, this decrease in production is why our skin sags, allows the formation of lines and creases, and shows volume loss in areas such as the cheeks. We have many cosmetic procedures such as INFINI that seek to tighten the skin by boosting collagen production.
The natural slackening of tissues that comes with aging also affects the facial skin more than most places on the body. In lieu of a surgical facelift, we offer treatments such as a Silhouette InstaLift or Kybella that tighten areas of the skin back up.
Bottom line? Medical dermatology addresses skin conditions affecting the health of your skin. Cosmetic dermatology improves the appearance and vibrancy of your skin.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dermatology?
This isn’t about vanity; it’s simply about wanting your skin to look its best. Wrinkles, broken capillaries, sunken cheeks, age spots, unwanted facial hair — you don’t have to live with these effects of getting older. Sure, you can live with that double chin and yearn for those younger days and that sharper profile. Or, you can come in and we can provide Kybella injections under your chin. These consist of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the human body whose job is to aid in the breakdown of dietary fat. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t differentiate when it comes to fat, however, so when it is injected under the chin it breaks down fat that has accumulated over the years and has given you that dreaded double chin. This tightens up your profile to that of your younger days. That’s a benefit of cosmetic dermatology.
This aspect of our practice seeks to help you look the way you want your skin to look. Rather than covering your age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation with makeup, why not use IPL energy or laser resurfacing to break down the melanin in those areas so that they naturally go away? That’s a benefit of cosmetic dermatology.
You can wax or pluck unwanted hair away forever. Or, you can come in and have us train laser energy on those unwanted hairs, creating a permanent decrease of 85 to 90 percent of the hair. That’s a benefit of cosmetic dermatology.
We can go on and on.
“Switched from another dermatologist, and Westerville Dermatology hit all the marks. Very kind and warm employees, and a doctor who knows what she is doing!” –K.L.
Who are good candidates for cosmetic dermatology treatments?
We offer a wide range of cosmetic dermatology treatments at Westerville, so who’s right for what treatment varies widely, as well. If you want to erase your smile lines, marionette lines, parentheses lines, or barcode lines you’d be perfect for our Juvéderm and Restylane dermal filler lines. If you’d like to relax wrinkles on the upper third of the face, you’d be perfect for Botox or Dysport injections. If you rue your tattoo, laser tattoo removal is for you. You get the idea here.
The one necessity for most of our cosmetic dermatology treatments is that any active medical skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, or areas with skin cancer lesions, would need to be treated and resolved prior to having most of these treatments.
Otherwise, we have at least a couple treatments under our cosmetic dermatology umbrella that everyone could use.
Are cosmetic dermatology procedures safe?
Our cosmetic dermatology procedures are all non-invasive. This means there are no incisions or surgical procedures. These procedures have been cleared by the FDA for safety and involve very low risk. With some of them there is a possibility of some slight swelling and skin redness, but this passes quickly. With something like laser skin resurfacing, you may have some skin crusting as the skin rebuilds the outer layer of skin, but this is really just a forced exfoliation, and resolves in a week or so.
Are cosmetic dermatology procedures painful?
These are, for the most part, comfortable treatments that don’t involve any pain. We apply topical numbing cream prior to some of them, such as laser hair removal and microneedling, to mitigate any discomfort. This ensures you stay comfortable during your treatment.
Are cosmetic dermatology procedures covered by insurance?
These are generally considered to be elective procedures, so they are not covered by insurance. The one exception could possibly be treatments for severe acne scarring, but that would vary between insurance providers.
What kind of results can I expect from these treatments?
These treatments all share one goal — improving the appearance of your facial skin. Again, your results are as varied as are the available treatments. For instance, you can expect our laser tattoo removal to either fully remove that unwanted tattoo, or to at least make it virtually unnoticeable. Laser hair removal will achieve about 85-90 percent permanent hair removal on areas such as the upper lip, sideburns, or the bikini line. Botox and Dysport erase crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines for about 4 months. Dermal fillers return volume and erase creases and wrinkles for between 6 and 12 months. The results vary with the treatment.
“Dr. Karikomi was very thorough during my appointment and helped me understand the best option to treat the issues I’ve been having with my skin. I was comfortable asking questions and didn’t feel rushed. I felt like he was patient and genuinely cared about my concerns. I have had a hard time finding a good dermatologist in other states I’ve lived in, but I would definitely go back to see him after my experience.” –Westerville Derm Patient