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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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How to get “wedding-ready” skin

Wedding season is in full swing – you’ve set the date, selected your bridesmaids and picked out your dress. As your wedding day approaches, be sure to schedule time to visit your dermatologic surgeon to ensure your skin is healthy and looking its best for the big day.  

Dr. Carolyn Jacob, spokesperson from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), says, “Many people don’t realize that it takes time and multiple sessions to see maximum results of a cosmetic procedure. If you have complexion troubles, seek a dermatologic surgeon’s advice in advance of your wedding day.” 

According to Dr. Jacob, acne is the biggest concern for brides-to-be, but with the help of an expert and an arsenal of treatments, your skin can be ready for the big day!  

Dr. Jacob and the ASDS suggest the following tips to prevent breakouts:

  • Cleanse your face twice a day
  • Wash all make-up off before going to bed
  • Exercise regularly to de-stress
  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake


Aside from clear skin, many brides opt for laser hair removal to avoid razor bumps and unwanted hair under their arms.  

In addition, soft tissue fillers and injectable neurotoxins are popular treatments among brides-to-be, as well as mothers of the bride, to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fill in fine lines around the eyes and enhance facial features, like smile lines. They are a great choice for restoring a youthful appearance and creating a beautiful complexion before, during and after a bride’s big day. Certain injectables can also be used to stop underarm sweating, which no one wants to show off when they’re wearing a silk dress! 

For glowing skin without the threat of skin cancer, Dr. Jacob suggests tanning sprays or self-tanning lotions. Be sure to test these before the wedding to make sure you’re getting the right shade and color for your complexion.  

And, always wear sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to avoid showing off a sunburn in wedding photos! You may also want to try a sunscreen in your hair spray to ensure your hair color doesn’t change in the sun, says Dr. Jacob.  

As with all cosmetic procedures, patients should visit the appropriate doctor to ensure they are getting the proper care, says Dr. Jacob. Visiting a dermatologic surgeon ensures the doctor is trained in skin-specific procedures and knows best how to handle complications if one should arise.  

For more information on treatments for wedding-ready skin or to locate a dermatologic surgeon, visit www.ASDS.net.  

About the ASDS 

ASDS is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin. Dermatologic surgeons are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. ASDS members are pioneers in the field, having created and enhanced many of the advancements in dermatologic surgery to repair and improve the skin.






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