The Power of Hyaluronic Acid

My favorite topical hyaluronic acid is the Caren Campbell MD Ultra Hydrating Serum. I love it on top of retinoids at night and in the morning to nourishes and moisturize the skin. The Ultra Hydrating Serum not only contains hyaluronic acid, but antioxidants and other humectants to quenches dehydrated skin. I never promote anything that I do not use on myself, and with this particular hyaluronic acid serum, I have noticed brighter, firmer, and more youthful looking skin.

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Wedding Beauty Prep

With the New Year in full swing, I have seen an influx of new brides here at Caren Campbell MD Dermatology. While we can certainly help any bride or groom look and feel his or her best for the special day, it is ideal for brides and grooms to see their dermatologist at least 6 to 12 months prior to the wedding. This lead time allows for a plan to be put into place ensuring ample time to complete a potential series of treatments that may take a few months to take effect.

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Why Expertise Is Important

Most board certified dermatologists have suspected for a long time that PAs perform more biopsies and miss more skin cancers, including the deadliest form of skin cancer, but a new study in JAMA Dermatology confirmed this suspicion. The study showed that “compared with dermatologists, PAs performed more skin biopsies per case of skin cancer diagnosed and diagnosed fewer melanomas in situ, suggesting that the diagnostic accuracy of PAs may be lower than that of dermatologists.”

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Dangers of Cheap Laser and Bargain Botox

In the hands of a well-trained board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon you are more likely to get a patient-centric, cost effective treatment plan where potential risks are lessened.  Most importantly, in instances when complications do occur, albeit rarely in the hands of an expert, a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon can manage these side effects.  Please inquire about your cosmetic provider's credentials to ensure you are getting your treatments from an expert.  

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What Does FAAD mean?

FAAD stands for "Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology." 

If you are seeing a dermatologist you should look for FAAD after their name, much like you would look for any professional credential like MD or PhD.  This abbreviation is an indicator that your dermatologist has a license to practice medicine, passed an examination administered by the governing board of dermatology, the American Board of Dermatology, and is therefore "board-certified."

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Why see a Board-Certified Dermatologist for a Cosmetic Procedure?

Dermatologists have led the research to develop and put into practice most every cosmetic skin and laser procedure.  Dermatologists are specifically trained and rigorously tested in their knowledge of facial anatomy and muscle innervation, proper uses of the variety of neuromodulators and fillers, the dangers and complications of these procedures, and the proper diagnosis and management of complications when they do occur, albeit rarely in experts’ hands.  

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What is a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are a unique group of physicians who are specifically trained to be your “go-to” experts in all issues pertaining to your skin, hair, and nails.  Dermatologists are the experts in treating acne, aging skin, rashes, nail changes, hair loss, and any skin lesion, particularly bleeding or changing spots of any color, shape or size.

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