Aesthetic medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses on beautifying or improving the appearance of people. Aesthetic medicine is a broad category encompassing specialties such as dermatology, cosmetic surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Aesthetic medicine includes both substantial surgical procedures (like liposuction, facelifts, and breast implants) and non-surgical procedures (like skin tightening, chemical peel, dermabrasion, and laser skin treatments). Practitioners may utilize a combination of both. Dermatological conditions may include scars and keloids, tattoos, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and spider veins. Aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective and can significantly improve social functioning, quality of life and psychological well-being.
Among the common ailments that are addressed by Aesthetic Medicine are the following:
- Fats—fat removal is a very common procedure in aesthetic surgery. This is usually done on the abdominal area, the arms, and the thighs to tone the flabby, sagging body part.
- Wrinkles—wrinkles brought about by aging can be a disturbing matter for some individuals. Wrinkles can be addressed either medically or surgically through different skin tightening medications or procedures.
- Skin discoloration—some people want to lighten their skin color, while others want to tan. Aesthetic medicine also addresses these concerns with the use of medications and devices that can alter skin color.
- Skin masses—moles, skin tags, warts and other skin masses can sometimes be unsightly to look at. These lesions can be removed surgically or medically.
- Scars—hypertropic scars, keloid scars, acne scars and atrophic scars are some of the types of scars that leave the skin deformed. These scars can be bothersome to individuals especially if situated on exposed areas.
- Facial deformity—cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities are among the conditions that are of primary concern in aesthetic surgery. These conditions are primarily treated by plastic and reconstructive surgeons
- Burns—burns can leave nasty scars. Some burn scars can even leave contractures or tightened skin. These scars or deformities are addressed by reconstructive surgeons
- Hair loss—male pattern baldness is a common condition among adult males that results in the reduction of self-esteem. Medical and surgical treatments are available in addressing hair loss.
- Reduction or augmentation of a body part—breast augmentation among women with small breasts and breast reduction among women with big breasts are common procedures in Aesthetic medicine. Adjustment in size can also be done on the nose, cheeks, and buttocks area.