Aesthetic medicine is the speciality concerned with the restoration, maintenance and improvement of the aesthetic level of people’s bodies. In recent decades, various procedures and techniques have been developed to allow the realisation of treatments without resorting to invasive surgery and therefore leaving minimal scars which, on occasion, are imperceptible to the human eye. The procedures can be carried out with topical or local anaesthesia and on an outpatient basis. Depending on the objective, the treatment can be preventative or rejuvenatory. Aesthetic medicine is a group of treatments and procedures that focus on the improvement and enhancement of cosmetic problems, such as ageing, scars, moles, skin lesions, cellulite, hair loss and spider veins. Aesthetic medicine is often multidisciplinary and usually includes dermatology, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.
What conditions does an aesthetic medicine specialist treat?
Aesthetic medicine focuses more on enhancement, improvement and reconstruction, and common procedures carried out by aesthetic medicine specialists include:
Which subspecialties are included under aesthetic medicine?
Aesthetic medicine is not a subspecialty, but a group of medical doctors choosing to focus on cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. If surgical techniques are used, qualified surgeons or plastic surgeons are included, as part of a multidisciplinary team.
When should you see an aesthetic medicine specialist?
You might consider seeing an aesthetic medicine doctor if you want to improve or enhance a certain feature of your appearance. For example, if you want to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, you may seek Botox™ injections of dermal fillers. If you have a prominent mole, you might see an aesthetic medicine doctor to have the mole removed.