By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: Special Interest | Issue: April 2007
Dr. Mallory Spoor-Baker
When confronted with a new year, many people’s resolutions center on their health and appearance. Those who are pondering different options for a makeover choose between cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery. Cosmetic medicine, which is non-invasive and does not require the lengthy down-time of most plastic surgery operations, is a preferred option that can eliminate the need for plastic surgery.
Dr. Mallory-Spoor Baker of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine urges anyone who is considering any of cosmetic medicine’s many treatments to be aware of their goals and expectations of the process. It is also beneficial to have questions in mind to ask during the initial consult. “Remember, this is not magic,” says Dr. Spoor-Baker. “The goal is to see an improved, refreshed countenance that is still you.” Improvement requires constant therapy with a combination of home regimens and office treatment.
Choosing a doctor 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 offered by Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, with the exception of laser hair removal and medical micropigmentation, 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 mentioned. Laser hair removal, by state statute, is to be performed in the confines of a physician’s office, whether M.D., D.O. or D.D.S.
Cosmetic medicine options include laser hair removal, spider and varicose vein treatment, Botox, dermal fillers, treatments for rosacea, photofacials and a fairly new technique in skin tightening called the Titan. The Titan and all injections are handled by Dr. Spoor-Baker, and each procedure is carefully explained.
There are several questions to ask 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 series of treatments, and is there a follow-up review after the treatments have been completed? What type of aftercare will be needed, and what preventative measure should I take to preserve my skin?
Those who are interested in cosmetic medicine can conduct research and get answers to their questions on their own, but many people prefer hearing the information directly from the doctor. Dr. Spoor-Baker can answer any questions about procedures and will explain each step of the treatment. Also, if you are contemplating more than one procedure, it is during the consultation that you and your doctor can determine the order in which the procedures will be performed.
Individuals who visit Advanced Cosmetic Medicine for the first time receive a free consultation, and 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 S. Hudson for the best in skin care products.