Over the past year or so, you’ve examined your features on Zoom, spent more time in the aging sun, and battled annoying acne.
Well, as the pandemic begins to wane, it’s time to put your best foot forward.
AT University of Utah Health Dermatology, cosmetic dermatologists provide specialized care to everyday Utahns. It could be the firefighter who wants her old tattoo removed or the bride who wants glowing skin on her wedding day. Maybe it’s the retired teacher who wants to smooth out her wrinkles or the young professional who wants her acne scars to fade. Maybe it’s the hard-working stay-at-home mom who wants to treat herself.
According to the dermatologist Dr. Erika Summers, many patients are caretakers seeking some self-care.
“We are dealing with ordinary people, not models. They are not our clientele,” Summers said.
“The vast majority of our work is non-invasive, which makes our patients really happy. And it shows that it doesn’t take a lot of work to help people feel better about themselves.”
Why is this the best time for a little spring cleansing of your skin?
As you slowly shift to being more social after the year has passed, now is a great time to receive cosmetic treatments. By the time things get completely back to normal, you will have a new healthy glow.
“Over the past two months, I have seen a lot more patients for resurfacing treatments, such as CO2 laser, because they have time to recover now, ”Summers said.
“People do their spring cleaning for their homes and their bodies.”
The U’s dermatology department offers many cosmetic treatments. These are just a few:
- Liquid lifting
- Botox and Dysport
- Microneedling for acne scars and texture
- Fraxel laser for acne scars, wrinkles and pigments
- CO2 laser resurfacing for wrinkles
- V-beam laser for rosacea
- Picosure laser for sunspots
- J Plasma / Renuvion firming of the skin of the face, neck and body
- Chemical peels
For a full list of available treatments, visit U Dermatology Department Website.
Find your beauty in a reworked world
Over the past year, people have had fewer opportunities to see the everyday world in real life – their friends and family, coworkers, strangers at the mall, etc.
Instead, they stare at filtered photos and videos on social media all day or stare at each other in Zoom meetings.
Because of this, people find things about their appearance that they want to change that they might not otherwise. U cosmetic dermatologists work with patients to achieve their goals of looking like the best versions of themselves – not someone else’s photoshopped image.
If you think your desire for a wrinkle-free face is in vain, Dr. Summers would like to remind you that you are not responsible for inventing current beauty standards. You can judge society’s obsession with anti-aging measures and its shame with cosmetic treatments for meeting those expectations, but you shouldn’t be judging yourself for how you meet these outside pressures and standards of beauty.
Take care of yourself
Right now, people are re-evaluating what it means to take care of themselves: reaching out to family and friends, exercising or going out more, finding time for health appointments, and more. Cosmetic treatments are one way to take care of yourself – but it’s about taking care of yourself.
“Body dysmorphia is so common in our society. It’s important to remember to take care of yourself, both mind and body, without focusing too much on perceived physical flaws, ”Summers said.
His advice is to put away mirrors with 10x magnification. Your friends, families, colleagues and everyone else sees you at 1x.
However, if you are unsure of yourself, Summers can certainly help you gain confidence.
“It’s not just a job for me, it’s a passion,” Summers said. “Cosmetic dermatology combines art and medicine. Patients come to me with questions and ideas and I work with them to make their vision a reality.
Expert dermatology you can trust
At the end of the day, everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin, including you! Whether you have acne scars, rosacea, spider veins, melasma, age spots, or any other skin problem, you don’t have to live with it forever.
Dr Summers and the rest of the dermatology team at U have specialized expertise in laser and aesthetic dermatology. They can work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve the look you’ve always dreamed of.
To request an appointment, visit University of Utah Health Dermatology website or call 801-581-2955.
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