Things to ask a Dermatologist

With the onset of covid19, we all have now become mostly home-bound for the last 2 years but now, people have started their work and are going outside – again in traffic, pollution and noise. And henceforth, you need to take extra care of your body, face, hairs and skin. Even though we don’t want to go to the doctor, it’s always a good idea to visit a nearby skin specialist periodically to get an evaluation done of your skin. Most importantly, you should be asking these 10 key questions to your dermatologist:

What sunscreens or products should I use for my skin?

All the products available in the market are for specific skin types – oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, irritated skin etc. And that is the reason you should be aware of your skin type as well as the product you should be using. If you have oily skin, then look for salicylic acid based creams which removes excess oil from the skin. It also helps in exfoliating the dead skin cells and that means, it can help reduce acne. If you have skin wrinkles then definitely look for retinol or peptides based products. These help in improving skin collagen and hence improves skin tightening. For these reasons, you should always check about your skin type with your dermatologist in bangalore.

What SPF level of sunscreen should I use?

At least SPF 30 is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. The levels higher are better sometimes, and keeps the protection high. Also, you must ask your skin specialist about how much sunscreen to apply in a day, it’s an important factor!

How should I get rid of acne?

If you have acne and pimples and you have been trying the home remedies for some time without much resolution, it’s time to visit your nearest dermatologist in your area and ask to prescribe you medicines specific to your skin type. A dermatologist can help you with the right medications which in turn will cause less damage to your skin as well as might make the scars less visible. Acne treatment takes a lot of time to clear up your face but it’s worth it. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of medications and other treatments you are considering.

How safe are the laser treatments?

There are many different types of laser treatments available in the market. But that also brings the problem of fake or low grade machinery, and sometimes, inexperienced therapists. Always look for the certified machines and the credentials of the therapists or the doctors. You can also ask the skin specialist for laser therapies about the different types of therapies available and how those can impact your skin. For example, laser toning, which Involves the correction of sunspots, pigmentation and melasma through laser technique. It results in clear, vibrant and firm skin. Photo facial, pigmentation reduction and Ultherapy are some of the most popular laser therapies available.

How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?

Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results can become more apparent over three to six months. The procedure takes only about an hour for most patients, and there is no downtime.
It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective. You must visit the best skin specialist in bangalore for the ultherapy procedure. Whether Ultherapy is safe or not – The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

When do I need to have a photo facial?

If one has a spot on his/her face, neck, chest, upper shoulder, arms, and the back of hands; he/she should consider Photo facial treatment. IPL is also used in the medication of redness, including broken blood vessels, rosacea, generalized redness, and facial flushing. Book your appointment with one of the dermatologists in bangalore.

How would I know that I need to get Fillers?

Whether it’s fillers or botox, you must consult your skin specialist. Only after an evaluation by the doctor, can it be suggested about the amount you need. Injectable filler is the soft tissue filler also known as dermal filler, injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles. Some wrinkle fillers are temporary because they get absorbed by the body. The need of these filler injections is to have a skin that is wrinkle-free and has a smoothing effect. The result lasts for about six months or longer. The result depends upon the health of your skin or filler used. Always reach out to the best skin specialist nearby for dermal fillers.

You may have many other questions about your skin and the only person who can help you is your skin doctor. Call up your doctor and book an appointment to discuss your queries.

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Dr. Shoma Sarkar is a well known celebrity dermatologist with more than 10 years of experience in the field of Aesthetic & Clinical Dermatology.

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