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When to see a dermatologist

December 2011

If younger-looking skin is on your wish list this holiday season, you should see a dermatologist. Fillers, chemical peels, and similar procedures may look easy to perform, but these are medical procedures. Your results depend largely on the knowledge and skill of the person performing the procedure.

Dermatologists are one of the few doctors whose medical education includes training in how to safely and effectively reduce the signs of aging. To help you start a conversation with a dermatologist and understand what you can expect from a cosmetic procedure, be sure to visit these pages:

10 questions to ask before a cosmetic procedure

Who should be providing your cosmetic procedure?


Information about cosmetic procedures

Botulinum rejuvenation

Chemical peel: What to expect before, during and after

Fillers: What to expect before, during and after

Laser skin rejuvenation: What to expect before, during and after

Skin tightening: What to expect before, during and after



What dermatologists tell their patients

There are many effective creams and serums available to reduce signs of aging, but none can yet deliver the results of a cosmetic procedure.

Academy news

January 2, 2012: Deadline for submitting grant application
Because shade can help prevent skin cancer, the Academy awards grants of up to $8,000 each for the construction of a permanent shade structure.

To be eligible for this grant, an organization must:

  • Be a non-profit organization or public school.
  • Primarily serve children and teens ages 18 and younger.
  • Have an existing sun-safety or skin cancer awareness program in place for at least 1 year.

You can learn more about the shade structure grants and download the application by visiting these links:

Shade structure grant program

2012 shade structure application


AADA responds to the USPSTF recommendations on sun-protection counseling
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is comprised of a panel of independent health professionals who conduct research and make recommendations that can improve our health. Medical experts on this task force include internists, family doctors, gynecologists, and nurses.

Recently, this task force made a recommendation about the importance of sun-protection. To learn more about this recommendation, visit AADA responds to the USPSTF recommendations on sun-protection counseling.


Next month: How to become a dermatologist

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