You may see a dermatologist each year for your annual skin check (and that is AWESOME!), but whom do you see for cosmetic needs? Do you have a favorite spa, Aesthetician or MediSpa?For some procedures an experienced technician may be fine, but, cosmetic or not, any treatments can be dangerous and need to be handled with the utmost safety. It’s not always just the training/certification to be cautious about. You want to think of how much experience the practitioner has had, the environment of the treatment and any malpractice activity.For instance, some aestheticians are very capable in injections (such as Botox) but their practice (such as a spa) is not capable of dealing with a medically allergic reaction or other complications that could occur. Also, understanding of the law is important. In most cases those preforming these procedures, under state law, must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.Dr. Germain is proud to let all patients know that she personally performs all injections and oversees each procedure done in her office. She personally makes sure each patient has the best, and safest, treatment Germain Dermatology can offer.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, consumers should ask the following questions:Q: What are the doctor’s credentials and is he or she board-certified?A: Remember, dermatologists are physicians with extensive education, training and experience in keeping the skin, hair and nails healthy.Q: How many of these particular cosmetic surgery procedures has the physician performed?A: The procedure should be one that the doctor performs regularly. Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.Q: What result can I expect and are there any risks?A: Because your results depend largely on the skill and experience of the person performing the procedure, it is important to select a board-certified physician. A dermatologist can tell you if the procedure will deliver the desired results, based on the condition of your skin as well as your age and health