Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist: Whom Should You Visit?


If you’ve spent any time researching non-surgical aesthetic treatments in our area, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot of overlap between Louisville and Lexington’s many plastic surgery and dermatology specialists. So how can you be sure you’re seeing the right practitioner for your desired procedure? There are differences between us that may make one better than the other for certain types of procedures.

In addition to skincare knowledge, plastic surgeons such as myself and my colleague, Dr. Calobrace, also have a comprehensive understanding of the muscles, bones, and other structures beneath the skin. Of course, this knowledge is indispensable when we perform surgery, but it also helps us to deliver safe, natural-looking results using products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. For this reason, our patients often turn to us to help them maintain their beauty with skincare treatments.

Dermatologists’ extensive training in skin health makes them exceptionally qualified to diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, including acne, rashes, and skin cancer. These professionals are wonderful resources for learning how to care for your skin throughout all stages of life, and it’s important to see one regularly, especially if you struggle with chronic skin conditions or if you have risk factors for skin cancer.

If you’re still unsure about whether you’d be better served by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist, we invite you to come out to our 13th annual open house beginning at noon on Nov. 6. Our staff will be on hand and eager to answer your skincare questions. Learn more about the event in our fall newsletter. RSVP and reserve your spot at this special event by calling us at (502) 899-9979.

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