If you’re in your 20s, then you may feel like your skin will always be beautiful, even if logically, you know this isn’t true. When you’re young, it may feel strange to justify going to any dermatologist, let alone a cosmetic dermatologist if you don’t have a specific skin condition. But what many people don’t realize is that ongoing care and prevention is key to maintaining the skin’s youth and beauty, and that it is a great idea to start seeing a professional early. So why should you make the time to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist?
Establish a Skincare Routine
A regular skincare routine is one of the simplest and most important parts of keeping your skin looking as young and healthy as possible over time. A dermatologist-approved and supervised routine can also help prevent problems like acne and dull, dry, or oily skin, and help bring out your skin’s natural beauty. Consistent sun protection is part of this routine, and it is essential to get into the habit of preventing sun damage while you’re young if you want to keep skin cancer and premature aging at bay. Let’s face it—who doesn’t?
Prevention and Check-ins
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over two million people diagnosed with some form of the disease each year. The good news is that, unlike many other forms of cancer, most people can do a lot to help prevent the disease, or at least reduce the impact it has on the body and long-term health. Avoiding tanning beds or outdoor tanning, and preventing sun damage are the best ways to help prevent skin cancer, but it is also important for people of all ages to develop a regular schedule of check-ins to ensure there are no potentially cancerous irregularities on the skin. A skilled dermatologist can check for abnormal skin cells, or investigate any worrisome areas. If caught early, skin cancer intervention can prevent disfigurement or even death, depending on the type of cancer.
A Head Start on Treatments
Even though you may think you’re a ways off from needing professional skin treatments with a cosmetic dermatologist, it can actually be to your benefit to start early before aging starts to be an issue. Maintenance treatments like light chemical peels or microdermabrasion are great for making your skin look especially radiant for a special event, and for keeping your skin fresh and healthy. Milder treatments started before problems become severe can sometimes slow down the skin’s decline and make more invasive treatments less of a concern later on.
Everyone’s skin is different, and it’s helpful to have some guidance on what types of products and care your skin will respond well to. A dermatologist can advise you on skincare products, makeup, and sunscreens, and will usually offer a range of effective products for sale. If you’re confused by the wide array of skincare products available, it can be helpful to get personalized recommendations from an expert.
Cosmetic dermatology is not just for aging skin. There are other treatments and enhancements that are good options for patients of various demographics. Procedures like Restylane Silk (a new injectable treatment) for lip enhancement and augmentation, and Ultrashape Power®, for subtle body contouring, are treatments that younger patients are often interested in pursuing. Most of these are minimally invasive and have few requirements for candidacy. Many cosmetic dermatologists also offer Latisse, a prescription only product for making the lashes thicker and darker. Many patients aren’t aware that Latisse can be used on eyebrows as well!
Establishing a Relationship
If you would like to make your skin a priority and get the gorgeous skin you’ve always dreamed of, then it’s time to establish a relationship with a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Diane Walder of Miami. Dr. Walder is a nationally-respected skincare authority, and a consultant for a variety of popular publications. Dr. Walder can help you with a variety of skin conditions and diseases. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder or her colleague, Dr. Stacy Chimento, call 305-866-2177 today.