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    What Is Cosmetic Dermatology?

    Posted on December 28, 2023
    by Beacon Derm

    Beacon Dermatology is one of Canada’s favourite cosmetic dermatology clinics for a reason. The team’s expertise under the guidance of the talented Dr. Andrei Metelitsa and Beacon Dermatology’s state-of-the-art rejuvenating treatments make the perfect combination for client satisfaction and optimal results.

    While medical dermatology focuses on the health of your skin and diagnosing medical conditions, cosmetic dermatology focuses on improving the appearance of your skin with non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments, such as injectables, laser therapy, and PRP.

    People often combine cosmetic dermatology with medical treatments for optimal skin results, but clients also find comfort in the lack of invasiveness and downtime associated with cosmetic dermatology treatments. This means they can leave the Beacon Dermatology clinic feeling rejuvenated and refreshed without committing to a permanent change in appearance.

    What Can Cosmetic Dermatology Treat?

    Cosmetic dermatology aims to treat skin concerns that affect self-esteem and prevent you from showing off your true glow. These concerns can include:

    • Fine Lines and Wrinkles. The most common reason people seek cosmetic dermatology treatments is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, predominantly around the mouth, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Beacon Dermatology offers a variety of treatments that smooth and firm the skin, including injectables, peels, and laser therapy.
    • Scarring. Whether it’s a scar from an injury, a procedure, or acne, cosmetic dermatology can reduce any redness, raised lesions, or dimpling that affects your skin and makes you self-conscious.
    • Skin Tone & Texture. While some people struggle with hyperpigmentation, others struggle with textured skin from scarring, enlarged pores, acne, or cellulite. Cosmetic dermatology treats both skin tone and texture to ensure you leave the clinic with an even, glowing pigment to your skin and smooth, unclogged pores for perfect texture.
    • Veins & Sagging. It is hard to avoid sagging skin and visible veins as our skin becomes thinner when we age. Thankfully, many cosmetic treatments are available at the Beacon Dermatology clinic to reduce the appearance of visible veins and lift excess skin.

    What Is the Difference Between Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology?

    Dermatology: This medical specialty is dedicated to understanding and treating various skin conditions. Dermatologists are trained to address diseases and disorders that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Their focus extends beyond the surface symptoms to uncover and treat underlying health issues. Dermatologists help manage conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancers, and various infections to optimize skin health and its impact on overall well-being. They are skilled in diagnosing complex skin diseases and are often involved in systemic treatment approaches that affect the entire body.

    Cosmetic Dermatology: While also trained in general dermatology, cosmetic dermatologists have additional expertise in procedures to enhance skin appearance. Their specialization includes treatments that address aesthetic concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, unwanted pigmentation, textural irregularities, and overall skin rejuvenation. Cosmetic dermatologists use various techniques like laser therapy, Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and other non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. Cosmetic dermatology aims to treat skin diseases and improve the skin’s appearance, often emphasizing anti-aging and beautification.

    Why Is Cosmetic Dermatology Important?

    Cosmetic dermatology plays a pivotal role in skincare and personal well-being. While general dermatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin diseases, cosmetic dermatologists specialize in treatments focusing on enhancing aesthetic appeal and addressing specific cosmetic concerns.

    The impact of cosmetic issues extends beyond physical appearance; they can profoundly affect an individual's emotional and psychological well-being. Conditions like scars, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and other aesthetic concerns can diminish self-confidence and affect quality of life.

    This is where cosmetic dermatology becomes essential.

    A cosmetic dermatologist is uniquely trained to rejuvenate the skin, offering advanced treatments and procedures that are not typically within the scope of general dermatology. These specialists combine their medical knowledge with an artistic eye to enhance natural beauty, helping individuals feel more confident and satisfied with their appearance.

    In essence, cosmetic dermatology is not just about superficial enhancements. It's about empowering individuals to feel their best, which can lead to improved self-esteem and overall happiness. Seeking the expertise of a cosmetic dermatologist can be a transformative step for anyone looking to rejuvenate their skin and boost their self-image.

    Benefits of Getting a Cosmetic Procedure

    From a rejuvenated glow to an improvement in self-confidence, cosmetic procedures boast many benefits:

    • Enhanced self-esteem.
    • Improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, sagging skin, and more.
    • Little to no downtime.
    • No need to fully commit to treatment - but if you love your results, you can attend maintenance sessions to ensure they are long-term.
    • It is a great way to treat yourself to self-care while elevating your natural beauty.
    • Irritation relief from concerns like acne or raised scarring.

    Common Risks

    While there are very few risks associated with such minimally invasive treatments, you should still be aware of some adverse side effects or reactions that may occur.

    • Swelling/Redness. Some treatments, such as laser resurfacing or microneedling, can cause swelling and redness in the treatment area. Depending on the treatment, this side effect should only last a few hours to a few days.
    • Bruising. If you receive a dermal filler or Botox® treatment, expect to see some bruising or redness at the injection site for the first few days. This will subside independently, and any discomfort can be alleviated with ice packs or over-the-counter pain medication.
    • Allergic Reaction. Whether from an injectable solution or anesthetic, reviewing your allergies and medical history during your Beacon Dermatology consultation is important. The team can create a customized treatment plan to provide great results.

    How To Choose a Cosmetic Dermatologist

    When looking for an aesthetic medicine expert, you first want to ensure they are board-certified. Some things you can do to ensure your cosmetic dermatologist is right for you include:

    • Make an appointment for a consultation to see if you like your doctor and the treatment plan they create.
    • Arriving at your consultation with plenty of questions to ensure the team can answer them.
    • Explaining your concerns and seeing that the dermatologist is eager to improve them.
    • Provide a detailed medical history so the treatments they perform align with any barriers you are facing.

    What Education and Training Does a Cosmetic Dermatologist Have?

    Undergraduate Studies: The journey begins with an undergraduate degree. Aspiring dermatologists often choose a major related to the sciences to fulfill medical school prerequisites and prepare for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). However, medical schools consider applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds.

    Medical School: Following the undergraduate program, the next critical step is medical school, typically a four-year journey. This phase provides aspiring doctors with comprehensive medical education, laying the groundwork for their future specialization.

    Dermatology Residency: After earning their medical degree, graduates enter a residency program in dermatology. In Canada, this intensive training lasts about five years, with the first year covering basic clinical skills and the subsequent years focusing intensely on dermatology.

    Subspecialization in Cosmetic Dermatology: Some dermatologists specialize further in cosmetic dermatology. This specialization can be achieved through additional fellowship training, usually lasting 1 to 2 years, where they gain in-depth, practical experience in cosmetic procedures.

    Licensing and Certification: In Alberta, dermatologists must obtain a license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Many also pursue board certification from relevant professional bodies to validate their expertise in cosmetic dermatology.

    Ongoing Education: The field of dermatology is ever-evolving, requiring continuous learning. Dermatologists regularly update their knowledge and skills to provide the latest and most effective treatments.

    Cosmetic Dermatology at Beacon Dermatology

    Located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, Beacon Dermatology is a premier destination for medical and cosmetic dermatological needs. Our clinic prides itself on housing four Board-Certified Dermatologists, each bringing over two decades of clinical expertise.

    At Beacon Dermatology, we understand that each patient's journey is unique. That's why our state-of-the-art facility is designed to foster an environment of collaborative care. Our team of physicians combines their extensive knowledge to develop tailored, innovative solutions that align with your specific goals and requirements.

    Education and staying current with the latest advancements in dermatology are cornerstones of our practice. Our dermatologists are well-versed in the most recent clinical research and actively contribute to it through our in-house clinical research department. This commitment to continual learning ensures we offer the most up-to-date treatments and procedures.

    Our influence extends beyond our clinic walls. Beacon Dermatology's specialists are renowned educators, sharing their knowledge and expertise with fellow physicians in Canada and internationally. This leadership in the field underscores our reputation as a trusted name in dermatology.

    For those seeking cosmetic dermatological services, Beacon Dermatology stands out. Our dermatologists are recognized as top professionals in their field, ensuring that your cosmetic concerns are addressed by some of the best in the industry.

    Popular Procedures Beacon Dermatology Offers

    Beacon Dermatology offers various cosmetic dermatology treatments so you can look and feel your best, including dermal fillers, exfoliating treatments, IPL, Botox®, laser therapy, PRP, and microneedling.


    Volume loss occurs naturally as we age, resulting in sunken features, wrinkles, and a loss of definition. At the Beacon Dermatology clinic, the team offers a variety of dermal fillers that can help to restore volume and create a more youthful appearance. Whether you want to add fullness to your lips, cheeks, or jawline, they have a treatment that can help.

    Chemical Peel

    A Chemical Peel is an acidic gel made of naturally occurring acids such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), glycolic, or salicylic acid combined with other skincare product ingredients. Chemical peels are often combined with microneedling to resurface and improve the skin’s health.


    Beacon Dermatology offers different pulsed light treatments under the Broadband Light Therapy (BBL) umbrella to help improve your skin’s appearance. Forever Young BBL™ is the only device shown to change the impression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan. Regular Forever Young BBL™ treatments make your skin look clearer, smoother, and much younger.


    Our team has years of experience injecting Botox®/Xeomin Cosmetic in Alberta and has performed hundreds of Botox® cosmetic treatments yearly. The entire team of doctors and nurse injectors at Beacon Dermatology are highly experienced, leading industry experts looking forward to helping rejuvenate your skin.

    CO2 Laser Resurfacing

    CO2 Laser Resurfacing is specifically designed to target and dramatically improve a range of skin concerns. Whether dealing with extensive sun damage, prominent brown spots, deep wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, or rough texture, this single treatment offers a comprehensive solution. Its ability to address multiple issues in one session makes it popular for those seeking significant, lasting improvements.

    Microneedling & PRP

    The Vampire facial combines two of Beacon Dermatology’s innovative treatments, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy with Microneedling. Using precise needles, microneedling stimulates the replacement of surface skin cells, revealing young, glowing skin underneath. When the talented team adds PRP to the mix, the growth factors cause an increase in tissue healing and overall skin rejuvenation.

    What to Expect at Your Beacon Dermatology Consultation

    Our dermatologists aim to provide you with full comfort, satisfaction, and answers to any questions. During your consultation, you can expect to talk in-depth about your concerns while the Beacon Dermatology team creates a customized plan for your treatment. Make sure to ask plenty of questions, come prepared with your medical history and even reference pictures, and visit the Beacon Dermatology website to learn more about what is offered at the clinic.

    Schedule a Consultation

    Contact Beacon Dermatology to book a consultation today and start your journey towards rejuvenated, beautiful skin.

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