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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Beauty Inside and Out: Five Keys To Finding the Right Doctor
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Beauty Inside and Out: Five Keys To Finding the Right Doctor

Beauty Inside and Out: Five Keys To Finding the Right Doctor

This year, as we look forward to summer activities, more and more men and women are choosing non-surgical methods to look energetic and youthful, and also to keep their professional edge.

Today’s non-invasive technology can rejuvenate you dramatically, yet subtly. You can look completely natural, without scarring and be able to return to normal activities, while others will be unaware that you’ve had anything done unless you choose to tell them.

Here are five keys to help you choose the right doctor for your summer events and beyond:


The American Board of Medical Specialties certifies doctors in specialties based on their training, and recognizes only Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons, and Oculoplastic Surgeons as the Core Four aesthetic specialists with appropriate qualifications and expertise to be performing cosmetic procedures. 

Always ask if your doctor is board certified, as well as what specialty they are certified in, so that you can be sure of who you are trusting your face or body to.

Select an Expert

When practically everyone who performs cosmetic procedures states that they’re an expert, how can we find out who really is? Expert dermatologists and plastic surgeons are very involved in the field and have extensive experience and qualifications. Ask if your doctor is invited to teach as a Professor by universities, and at dermatology and plastic surgery academy conferences. You can also ask whether they serve as Principal Investigator for FDA clinical trials and other research that brings the newest cosmetic surgery technologies to our country. You can put their name and PUBMED into a Google Search to find out whether they are publishing scientific papers in high-level dermatology and plastic surgery journals. Expert clinics are typically well-equipped with the latest equipment and offer the most advanced techniques.

Look For Choices

True cosmetic surgery specialists offer many different treatment options, so that your action plan can be customized to address your own unique pattern of aging. Depending on your needs, your cosmetic surgeon should be able to offer you a wide range of possible plans and solutions, and the reasons for your recommended action plan.

Look For the Latest Technology and Techniques

New technologies should be used by a cosmetic surgeon who understands skin of all ages, different genders and ethnicities and cultures, to safely and effectively rejuvenate women and men at any age and from all backgrounds.

What About Social Media?

Social media can be useful to find a dermatologist or plastic surgeon whose work you like. However, it’s not a substitute for proper qualifications and training. Look carefully at what content is being posted – is it just before and after results, or is there also good educational information and indications that your doctor is a scientist, teacher and leader in the field?

If you follow these five key steps, you can select the right doctor to balance how you look with how you feel and project youth, energy, and vitality at any age – not only for the summer, but for a whole lifetime.

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