By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: February 2007
Mallory Spoor-Baker, D.O., is a medical graduate with an emphasis in cosmetic medicine from Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, the American Osteopathic Association and the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society.
When confronted with a new year, many people’s resolutions center on their health and appearance. Those who are pondering different options for a make-over often choose the option of cosmetic surgery, rather than plastic surgery. Cosmetic medicine is non-invasive and does not require the lengthy down-time of most plastic surgery operations. Dr. Mallory Spoor-Baker of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine urges anyone who is considering any of the many treatments cosmetic medicine has to offer to be aware of their goals, expectations and what questions to be answered during the initial consult.
“Remember, this is not magic,” says Dr. Spoor-Baker. “You will not look 18 again; rather, you will see an improved, refreshed countenance that is still you.”
Choosing a doctor for any reason is a decision not to be taken lightly. Patients should always make their choice based upon the provider’s training, education, experience and practice history. Dr. Spoor-Baker does almost all of the procedures that Advanced Cosmetic Medicine has to offer (with the exception of laser hair removal, which a fully trained technician can perform).
“Most of these procedures are very safe, but a doctor should be in the house and performing these treatments in the rare occasion of a complication,” Dr. Spoor-Baker observes.
Cosmetic medicine options include laser hair removal, spider and varicose vein treatment, Botox, Restylane, Titan (a fairly new technique in skin tightening), treatments for rosacea and more. All injections and the Titan device are handled by Dr. Spoor-Baker, and each procedure is carefully explained.
There are several questions to pose during an initial consult. What is the right treatment? What kind of results can I expect, and how long do they last? Is there anything in my medical history that could impact the outcome of my treatment? Are there any risks involved in this treatment? What is a dermal filler, and are there any tests to see if I am allergic? Will I need a course of treatments and is there a follow-up review after the treatments have been completed? What type of aftercare will be needed and what preventive measures should I take to preserve my skin?
Those who are interested in cosmetic medicine can do some research and get some answers to their questions on their own, but many people feel best hearing the information straight from the doctor. Dr. Spoor-Baker can answer any questions about procedures, explain each step of the treatment and answer any other questions such as those involving credentials and personal concerns. Also, if you are contemplating more than one procedure, it is during the consultation that you and your doctor can determine which is the most immediate – and work from there.
Individuals who are visiting Advanced Cosmetic Medicine for the first time receive a free consultation. Dr. Spoor-Baker will knowledgeably discuss with her patients the types of treatments available and what options fit their needs best. For more information, contact Advanced Cosmetic Medicine at (918) 280-0270 or visit the clinic at 3958 South Hudson for the best in skin care products.