Preventative maintenance in skin care is always the best way to have youthful, radiant skin for as
long as possible. A daily skin care routine, avoiding the sun, staying hydrated, eating right, and not smoking go a long way in this regard. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, time, gravity, and genetics can leave them tell-tale signs.
How do you know when it is the right time to consult a professional? There are a few questions you have to ask yourself first.
What do I see as the main problem?
Am I showing signals of aging, or signs of wisdom?
Is my current routine healthy and sufficient?
Are there other alternatives I have not yet tried?
Would a visit to a skin care specialist help?
What are my expectations?
Answering these questions will help you decide if you should seek professional help.
The first step to consider is trying new products. If you have taken good care of your skin then
finding a new product is all you might need to do to see an improvement. There are a seemingly endless amount of products available for just about any skin problem. It could take a while to find the right one, but chances are it will be a lot cheaper and have virtually no side effects compared to a professionals offering.
Next up the ladder is a skin aesthetician. These are professionals who focus on the look of the skin.
They can assess the causes of your problem areas, make recommendations, and perform certain
procedures. Procedures may include facials, waxing, massage, or body wraps among others. Aestheticians are required to be licensed in the US, however, they can not perform medical procedures or prescribe medication. This may be all you need to return your skin to the place you want it to be.
Next is a dermatologist. A dermatologist is simply a doctor that specializes in skin. They are the most knowledgeable when it comes to skin. They have to attend medical school and hold degrees. They treat and diagnose everything from dry skin to skin cancer. They can perform surgery (simple or complex depending on their specialties), give injections, prescribe medication, and use laser treatments among others. Finding a good dermatologist is one of the smartest moves you can make for advanced lifelong skin care.
The final step up the ladder is the cosmetic surgeon, also known as a plastic surgeon. They are specialists in re-forming the structure of the body. This can involve lasers, liposuction, or actual surgery. While many people undergo these procedures, there is still some risk involved. Recovery can take a long time than most people expect and can be quite painful. Therefore, cosmetic surgeons should only be used as a last resort. Then only after a thorough consultation, or recommendation from your dermatologist.
Whatever you decide take some time to see what the next logical step for you may be. After all, it is your skin and appearance and you can do something about it.
Source by Cindy Russell