An aesthetic doctor is the person you turn to when you want to minimize or erase the signs of aging. Crows feet, facial wrinkles, dry rough skin and age spots may all respond to aesthetic treatments. In most cases, the treatments are relatively quick, painless and can be accomplished on one or two appointments. Dr. Charles Dietzek, of the Vein and Vascular Institute of New Jersey, is a vascular surgeon who offers non-invasive vein treatments and aesthetic procedures.
What is an Aesthetic Doctor?
Aesthetic medicine is an emerging sub-specialty that is particularly popular with the baby boomer generation, which tends to see anti-aging treatments as a routine part of regular health care. Although the term skin doctor is sometimes used, aesthetic treatments may encompass other aspects of appearance, such as the teeth (cosmetic dentistry)and treatments like stem cells and platelet rich plasma, which promote healing. Although the greatest proportion of aesthetic specialists are dermatologists and plastic surgeons, other specialists like internists, family practice doctors, anesthesiologists and vascular surgeons may also practice aesthetic medicine.
Do Aesthetic Doctors Need Special Training?
In addition to the basic training these doctors receive in medical school and residency, many choose to go on for more specialized training. The highest level of additional training is a fellowship in aesthetic medicine. Fellowship training included both didactic and hands-on clinical training in a variety of procedures. Other kinds of aesthetic specialty training is available in continuing education courses and from the maker of medications and devices used in aesthetic care. With the advent of less invasive treatments for many medical conditions, experienced physicians (and surgeons in particular) transition to an office-based practice in which they can still offer a wide variety of treatments. Many combine this type of practice with aesthetic medicine, as Dr. Dietzek has done by combining minimally invasive vascular care with aesthetic medicine.
Services Available From an Aesthetic Doctor
Aesthetic doctors may offer a wide range of services, depending on their training, interests, patient demand and other factors. Some of the more common services (all of which are offered by Dr. Dietzek) are in-office treatments like Botox injections and injectable fillers like Juvederm for wrinkles, and dermaplaning, which gently abrades the skin, removing dead skin cells and hair for a smoother appearance. Chemical facial peels and microneedling are other treatments that help smooth the skin and stimulate collagen production. Collagen is the primary source of skin structure and support, but it tends to diminish as people age. All of these procedures are minimally invasive and office-based; most take an hour or less and the recovery time is minimal.
Many people who are active and otherwise healthy want to look as young as they feel, and turn to aesthetic doctors to achieve the desired look. Contact the Vein and Vascular Institute today for answers to your questions about aesthetic medicine and our services. We also offer a free consultation, so you can determine which aesthetic procedures are right for you.