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October 23, 2003


Dermatology at Emory Now Includes Aesthetic Center

ATLANTA People are living longer and healthier, but sometimes the skin has a timetable that may not exactly jibe with a person's internal youthfulness. Environment, genetics, aging, and numerous skin conditions can result in visible damage to the natural beauty of the skin.

In order to serve patients' needs, the Department of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine has recently created the Emory Dermatology Aesthetic Center. The Center is equipped with a staff of experienced clinicians and aestheticians who are available not only to treat, but also to educate patients who have concerns about their appearance. Procedures such as laser therapies are safely performed at the center as well as dermabrasion, collagen and botox injections, sclerotherapy and the Mohs micrographic skin cancer procedure.

"Most of us are born with soft, smooth and firm skin," says Carl Washington, MD, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine and co-director of Emory Dermatology Aesthetic Center. "However, as time goes on, cumulative exposure to the sun as well as the natural aging process, create changes that can result in a picture of ourselves that is not completely accurate."

There are numerous products that can maintain skin health such as sunscreens and moisturizers. But what happens when skin needs treatment and how early do we begin?

"Skin is a delicate, living organ system that regulates our body temperature, protects our internal organs, and shields us from harmful foreign objects," says Dr. Washington. "That is an important reason for seeking the expertise of a board-certified physician or aesthetician to scrutinize and maintain the skin's health."

Without the scrutiny of a trained specialist, signs of skin damage may not be detected until they are advanced. Attention to subtle changes can make treatment much more moderate and deter further damage. Many products and procedures have been developed over the last few years that can turn back the clock without an invasive or extremely painful procedure. Equally important to the health issue is a person's overall sense of well-being and confidence.

"While cosmetic concerns may seem superficial, those issues have become part of our mission as dermatologists and physicians," says Dale Sarradet, MD, also an Emory dermatology faculty member, and co-director of the aesthetic center with Dr. Washington. "In the past aesthetics has been predominantly a concern for people whose professions depended on their looks. Our world has changed and medicine has changed. People in all walks of life have become conscious about appearance."

Experienced medical aestheticians on staff can be consulted on the use of a wide range of skin care products, or can provide less intrusive treatments, such as acne management, hair removal, and treatment for stretch marks. Roxanne Greenberg, PMA, the Center's senior medical aesthetician, has years of professional training and experience in aesthetics, including degrees from The Glemby International Institute of Skin Care, The Appearance Therapy Institute, and Vodder Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She has also trained at the Orlane Institute in Paris, and at Clinic La Prairie in Switzerland.

The Center's aestheticians work closely with the clinic physicians. A patient can make a smooth transition from the physician's treatment to the one-on-one cosmetic management that may be required post-treatment. Additionally, a skilled aesthetician who recognizes an abnormality during a routine visit can immediately bring it to the attention of a clinician on staff.

The Emory Dermatology Aesthetic Center was created to offer patients the experience and credibility of medical school faculty for all of their dermatology needs. The Center offers patients a system that efficiently and conveniently provides treatment, products and education.

For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 404-778-5658.

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