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The Difference Between Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology

Aug 16, 2023 The Difference Between Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology

Thinking of making a dermatology appointment for the first time? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Routine skin exams are important for maintaining a healthy life and we’re glad you’re ready to start. But since this is all new to you, we understand it could be confusing initially. Here are the differences between medical and cosmetic dermatology.

One of our patients in a medical dermatology appointment.

What is Medical Dermatology?

We use medical dermatology to describe examinations of acne, rashes, warts, and more severe conditions including skin cancer and melanoma. Common circumstances that require medical dermatology appointments can include:

  • Acne & Rosacea
  • Skin Cancer treatment
  • Mole evaluations and routine skin exams 
  • Eczema (Dermatitis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Warts
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Just to name a few…

Often, dermatology-specific medical conditions can be treated using prescription medications as well as over-the-counter treatments. For more severe diseases such as skin cancer or melanoma, surgery may be required. We do that too! 

What is Cosmetic Dermatology?

While medical dermatology focuses on maintaining healthy skin, cosmetic dermatology takes care of aesthetics, treating how you look using non-medical options. Cosmetic dermatology appointments can include:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic (to remove or smooth facial lines and wrinkles)
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • MiraDry (to fight sweat in your underarm)
  • Cosmetic Treatment of Benign Lesions, such as skin tags and seborrheic keratosis
  • Laser treatments of brown spots
  • Laser treatments of facial veins and surface leg veins
  • Just to name a few …

About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota

The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.

We want you to feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced, and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin checkup. We look forward to meeting you!

Call (952) 469-5033 Today to Schedule a Dermatology Appointment!

Mon-Thur: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri-Sun: Closed
Lakeville, MN Dermatologist

Center for Dermatology

20520 Keokuk Avenue Suite 104

Lakeville, MN 55044

(952) 469-5033

Our office is located in Lakeville and serves families throughout communities south of the river such as Prior Lake, Farmington, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Rosemount, Elko-New Market, New Prague, Montgomery, Lonsdale, Northfield, Faribault, Shakopee, Eagan and more.
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