Each year millions of cosmetic procedures are performed on thousands of women and men in the NYC area. Taking charge of appearance can be an empowering and rewarding experience. It represents an investment in self worth and confidence. It is also a big decision, with plenty of options. I recommend a three step approach to get the best return on your investment.
Step 1 – Decide between an aesthetician and a dermatologist.
Today it’s easy to find aesthetic treatment at mall kiosks, day spas, and salons, but the qualifications of the person treating you matter a great deal. Complications can occur despite the credentials and experience of any physician or aesthetician, but it is important prior to having a procedure, that a Board-certified dermatologist evaluate your skin’s condition and create a treatment plan. This may involve laser devices, fillers, and Botox® Cosmetic, along with involvement of an aesthetician for facial care.
The most critical difference between an aesthetician and a dermatologist is training. A dermatologist has attended college and medical school, and completed a medical residency. Following these 12 to 14 years of formal education and clinical training, the dermatologist is considered an expert in care of skin, hair, and nails, qualified in medical and cosmetic treatments.
While state requirements vary, an aesthetician typically completes up to two years of training focused on cosmetic skin care, facials, and noninvasive procedures. An aesthetician is not qualified to identify or diagnose medical issues with skin, hair, or nails.
The safest and most effective treatment is designed and administered by a board certified Dermatologist whose sub-specialties include cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery.
Step 2 – Set up a stress free consultation.
You should not feel pressured to schedule treatment without a consultation. I prefer to conduct an unhurried, stress free consultation as a separate appointment, prior to any commitment to receiving care. This is an opportunity to talk about concerns you have with the condition of your skin. It gives me the chance to delve into pertinent aspects of your current and hereditary medical situation, and to understand your lifestyle. I answer questions, use educational visual aids, and show real before and after photos.
I feel that this step in treatment planning is vital. So important that I offer free consultation for patients who call this number – 212-561-5808, ask for me by name, mention this blog, and schedule treatment with me. Free consultation valid till December 15, 2014.
Step 3 – Take part in creating a transformation plan.
It’s an exciting time to be a dermatologist. Never before have we had so many options to offer patients seeking skin rejuvenation and body sculpting. I’m thrilled to discuss innovative minimally-invasive or noninvasive technique such as Cool Sculpting®, ThermiRF™ (ThermiTight™ and ThermiSmooth™) , Ultherapy®, Pellevé®, Fraxel® laser therapies, Portrait® Plasma, Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers (Juvéderm®, Voluma™, and Belotero®). However, ultimately treatment must be right for your face, your body, your health, your schedule, and your budget. It is essential that you take an active role in the design of your treatment plan.
Yes, it is possible to speak to a NYC dermatologist before committing to care. Your transformation is waiting to begin, so give me a call today at 212-561-5808 to get started.
Dr. Ron Shelton, formerly having practiced on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC, is now located in Midtown Manhattan.