How do plastic surgery and dermatology complement each other?
Nov 10, 2021

You may have wondered why many plastic surgery clinics have a branch of dermatology or vice versa; well, the reason is, they are so closely related to beauty and aesthetics.


It may surprise you to know that skin is the largest organ in the human body; if you could stretch it all out, it would, on average, go as far as two square meters! Skin doesn't just serve as protection for our body, but it helps shape our physical identity.

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So, what's the relationship between plastic surgery and dermatology? Well, when we are younger, our skin is toned, hydrated and supple, giving us that healthy, youthful complexion

without wrinkles and sagging. However, as we age, collagen production slows down, the skin becomes less elastic and supple, and we start to develop dreaded wrinkles and saggy skin.

Unfortunately, it's not only ageing that affects our skin, but many other factors, including excess sun exposure, smoking, pollution, bad diets, stress and ill-health. Since the skin covers the whole body, the effects are not limited to only the face.

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This is when we approach our dermatologist or plastic surgeon for help. Both types of practitioners can provide temporary solutions such as injectable filler, Botox or minimally invasive threads. However, only cosmetic surgeons are permitted to offer more permanent or long term surgical interventions.

Cosmetic surgeons can take years off the appearance with face and neck lifts, eye bag removal etc. or correct facial defects with Rhinoplasty (nose jobs). Surgeons can change the shape of the breasts, re-contour the body after weight gain or weight loss, and help reconstruct the features after accidents or ill health.

But all types of surgery have the effect of creating scars; even the most skilled of doctors cannot avoid them. However, following surgery, when the surgical wounds have had sufficient time to recover, the dermatologist can truly complement the surgeons work by providing solutions to the surgical scars.

Laser treatments, chemical peels and other minimally invasive treatments carried out in the doctor’s office can offer a solution for, at the very least, an improvement in the shape, colour and size of the scar.

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In most cases, a facelift will improve the shape of the face but will do very little for the skin's texture; this is where Laser, chemical peels, and PRP or Mesotherapy can help. Moreover, the patient wants a further improvement from injectables and Botox to maintain a fresh new look.

So you can see how cosmetic/ plastic surgeons working side by side can provide you with the best outcome.

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Editor: Lynda Naji October 2021.