For many individuals, improving their look is often done routinely. You may want to make minor enhancements to your appearance or control a problem related to a medical condition. Whatever the case, picking the proper care is crucial to getting your desired results. The field of dermatology is divided into both medical and cosmetic branches. Our office focuses on cosmetic dermatology, but we also have full medical dermatology capabilities. Dr. Cope and the team at Cope Cosmetic Dermatology can be viewed as a one-stop shop for all concerns!

The Difference: Cosmetic vs. Medical Dermatology

The primary difference between the two specialties is what the services focus on. Often, cosmetic skin care services are performed for aesthetic purposes, while medical dermatologists address the healing aspect of dermatology.

What Cosmetic Dermatology Entails

Cosmetic dermatology can include services that reverse the signs of aging, skin improvements, and aesthetic changes.  Most cosmetic dermatology services are limited to topical skin care treatments, Botox injections, dermal fillers, lasers, and vein reduction treatments.

What Medical Dermatology Involves

Firstly, a dermatologist is licensed to treat over 3000 conditions involving the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. This position involves years of study at a university level and residency in a healthcare setting. A dermatologist has a broad scope of knowledge involving human biology.

Knowing different areas of science is how conditions like acne and rosacea are treated effectively. Medical dermatology treatments include acne, skin cancer, eczema, warts, psoriasis, alopecia, and contact allergies.

Where we fit in

Cope Cosmetic Dermatology is unique in that we are a Cosmetic Dermatology practice. Cosmetic dermatology is a branch of dermatology specialty. Some dermatologists do surgical dermatology, some do dermatopathology, some do pediatric dermatology, and some do cosmetic dermatology. We are an office that does cosmetic dermatology. That includes injectable treatments, laser treatments, chemical peels, and aggressive topical creams. We say that our office is like a dermatology clinic and a high-end med spa had a baby. 

Other Conditions Treated by a Dermatologist

While a dermatologist can perform cosmetic dermatology, their scope of knowledge is extensive, and they can also perform medical dermatology. For instance, someone who suffers from acne scarring or hyperpigmentation has several treatment options.

They can:

  • Visit a retailer and buy a product over the counter, like fade cream.
  • Meet with a professional who will use topical treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring.
  • Make a consultation appointment with a dermatologist who looks at the skin’s overall condition and other factors to create a custom treatment plan.

Although the first two options are probably the least expensive, they are also the least effective. If you have a moderate or extreme skin condition, having a licensed practitioner handle things is the best way to avoid complications.

When to Contact a Dermatologist

If you are experiencing unwanted skin conditions, talking to a licensed dermatologist about options will help you find the right solution.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Austin Cope is an experienced practitioner specializing in cosmetic and medical dermatology. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we look forward to treating all your skin care needs. Contact us to schedule a consultation today if you are near Highland, UT.

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Restoration, not augmentation. That’s the Cope Cosmetic Dermatology philosophy when it comes to skincare. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cope guides his patients to the best skin of their lives. A big believer in daily habits and routines, he knows what works and what doesn’t. Dermatology and skin care can be very confusing and complicated. He loves to simplify and teach his patients about what really works. He creates customized plans and accountability to deliver the best results possible.