There are literally thousands of skin care products available in Tampa to treat everything from acne to wrinkles to warts so how do you choose the best product for your needs? It is difficult especially when there are various outlets to purchase skin care products. Are products from salons better than those from drug stores? Do products purchased on-line offer the same benefits as those bought from a drug store? And how about medical skin care products, are they better than the rest?
The answers can be as confusing as the questions but for the sake of clarity, let’s take a look at how medical skin care products differ from all other beauty products sold over the counter. Medical skin care products are those that are sold exclusively through a doctor’s office or at a medical practice.
Benefits of Medical Skin Care Products
First of all, to dispel a common rumor, medical skin care products that are prescribed or purchased through a doctor’s office are not necessarily more expensive. Depending on the product, some may cost more and some may cost less than OTC brands. And sometimes the active ingredient may be the same as what you can get at a department store cosmetic counter.
The biggest difference is that the skin care lotion at your MD’s office is formulated specifically to treat medical skin conditions, and is not simply a beauty balm. The medical grade skincare lines often contain a higher strength formulation to better penetrate the skin and have less of the fillers that are found in most drug store formulas. The less expensive products often make it look like you are getting a deal because they give you 10 oz of the cream rather than the 2 oz that you get from the doctor’s office. However, many of the fillers used to add volume can actually be harmful to the skin over time, or if not harmful, prevent the full dose of medication from getting to the sub-dermal layers where they are most needed.
The medical skin care products are often carefully selected by each physician based on the needs of their patient base. Since a plastic surgeon sees patients that struggle with wrinkles, aging skin or need a product that can mask surgical scars during the healing process, they look for products that will be the best for the conditions that they treat most often. A dermatologist that sees mainly teenage patients would likely choose an entirely different product line to help their client’s get relief from acne or oily skin. No matter what discipline, the doctors who offer skin products are well educated and will look at the medical line with more stringent standards that the average person. So a doctor that recommends such products will stake their medical reputation to their selection (at least to some degree). It would not make sense for a medical professional to risk their standing in the patient’s mind.
Your Doctor knows which Skin Care Products is Right for You
If your physician is recommending a skin care product, they have the advantage of knowing your skin type, your medical conditions, the medications you take, and even your family medical history. They have the greatest amount of information available to advise you on the best product for your needs. According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, “when I suggest a medical skin care product, it is because I know that it will help improve the patient’s skin. I know this because I have done the research on the products that we carry in the office… and I know how my patient should respond based on my examination and prior experience working with them.”
Often the skin care products offered at a doctor’s office have the added benefits of containing make-up, sunscreen as well as medical grade ingredients. At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, patients need to use a sunscreen to protect their skin following a procedure, and may want to use make-up to hide any laser resurfacing until fully healed. That is one reason why Dr. Dominic selects products made by SkinMedica and Revisions since these contain special nutrients and ingredients that help promote healing while keeping bacteria from entering the recovering skin. Skin Care Makeup by Jane Iredale is another line that he promotes because it helps provide camouflage during the healing process and has a sunscreen. Jane Iredale’s makeup also will not block pores or spark an allergy.
If you would like to learn more about the medical skin care products that can best work to reduce wrinkles or help you improve your skin, please call or stop by our office for more information. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano. Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to ask about our medical skin care products or to schedule a complimentary visit. See our website for more information.