What is the difference between medical and cosmetic dermatology?

Medical dermatology refers to all the diagnoses we learn in our Residency programs.  This includes common problems like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, actinic keratoses, and skin cancers.  Skin infections are part of Dermatology as well.  The unusual skin problems of cutaneous Lupus, porphyria, granuloma annulare, telangiectasia macularis eruptiva perstans, and a host of unusual problems with long nearly unpronounceable names, round out our education.  By far, we see common things most often, but need to be educated and prepared for the unusual as well.

Dermatology also has a cosmetic side.  We deal with aging skin every day and strive not to just take care of the medical side, but to improve appearance as well. This part of Dermatology has grown tremendously and includes fillers, Botox, invasive and noninvasive procedures with lasers to improve the structure and function of the skin.

Some procedures are relatively quick and easy while others require planning and time to perform. My practice includes Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology.