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Seeing a Board Certified Dermatologist Makes all the Difference

Many people seek the expertise of a dermatologist because they are suffering from acne or other skin related issues. Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the skin, hair, and nails, including cosmetic concerns related to sun damage and aging. They are also experts in diagnosing skin cancer as well as treating various types of skin cancer. Dermatologists study the skin exclusively for three years in residency. A board certification in dermatology requires the completion of an accredited program, extensive testing, and additional post-graduate courses.

Every potential patient wants to find the best dermatologist for their issue. And if you have a specific skin issue you should definitely consult a board certified dermatologist. Aestheticians and non-dermatologists have no specific training in skin diseases, skin cancer, or other skin abnormalities. They may take a “day course” in fillers, Botox® injections, or lasers and then are “allowed” to inject patients with Juvederm® and Botox, and treat patients with lasers. This treatment can lead both to adverse reactions, misdiagnoses, and worsening of skin conditions, or even scarring. A board certified dermatologist can diagnose your issues and design and implement the best treatment protocol for you.

With the popularity of cosmetic lasers and Botox and discounted advertisements on every corner it can be confusing to make a decision with whom to have your treatments. You should only seek treatment from a board certified dermatologist. This will allow you to achieve the best and most natural looking results, and to avoid any unnecessary complications. When patients do not see a board certified dermatologist, there are increased risks of scarring, necrosis, and other poor outcomes.

Dr. Michele S. Green is Board Certified and listed with the American Board of Dermatology

Board certified dermatologists have been the pioneers of most cosmetic laser surgery used today. Laser skin resurfacing treatments like Fraxel®, eMatrix® and the Picosure® lasers are some of the most effective treatments for your skin. It takes years of experience with these lasers and knowledge of the different skin types to become an expert in these procedures. It is imperative that you seek a board certified dermatologist for laser treatments to avoid the risks of scarring, hyperpigmentation and burns.

In recent years there has been a rise in “medi-spa” establishments where you can get a quick shot of Botox and a manicure at the same time. These establishments do not have a board certified dermatologist performing the procedures. The injectors are not qualified and will not assess and treat you as a board certified dermatologist would. Since there are currently no regulations in NYC for individuals to perform lasers or inject Botox, it is imperative that you consult a board certified dermatologist who has both the knowledge and skills to perform these cosmetic procedures.

If you are looking for a board certified dermatologist contact the office of Dr. Michele Green to schedule your appointment today.

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