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Dermatologists have an important role in guiding their patients with regard to cosmetic and aesthetic issues and can offer a wide variety of treatment modalities for skin rejuvenation and restoration. Many patients with diseases of the skin are understandably concerned about the potential long-lasting adverse effects on their appearance. Understanding the range of options available and the potential treatment outcomes is an important component of helping these patients reach a desired outcome. Moreover, cosmetic treatments can improve a person's self-image and, by extension, quality of life. When our patients feel comfortable with their bodies, they project self-confidence that others pick up on, which may lead to social and economic benefits.

Although many treatments are available, in this chapter we present favored treatment strategies. A comprehensive list of treatment options for specific conditions is summarized in Tables 40-1 and 40-2.

Table 40-1.Non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment modalities for cosmetic disorders.
Table 40-2.abSurgical and devices/laser treatment modalities for cosmetic disorders.

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