People are living longer, healthier lives. With this positive trend comes an increase in the popularity and prevalence of antiaging skincare products and cosmetic procedures.
Spas, salons and cosmetic counters all offer products that promise the fountain of youth. Even nurses, general practitioners, gynecologists and dentists are joining the trend, performing Botox, Dysport and filler injections. But beware, says Judith Crowell, MD.
“These treatments should not be taken lightly,” Dr. Crowell explained. “They are extremely effective when performed correctly, but can have terrible results when they are not.” Dr. Crowell is seeing more and more patients who are seeking her help to correct cosmetic procedures done elsewhere, which resulted in bumps under the eyes, puffy lips or drooping eyelids.
The bottom line: You are putting your appearance and possibly your health at risk when you go to someone who is not properly trained in the aesthetics and anatomy of the skin and muscles that are affected by Botox and injectable fillers, Dr. Crowell said. Your skin, after all, is your body’s largest organ. Who do you trust to help you take care of it?
“A qualified doctor has studied what occurs in the aging face,” she said. “It takes knowledge, skill, credentials and experience to combine the science and art necessary to achieve a beautiful and natural look.”
Dr. Crowell is a Board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience in medical and aesthetic dermatology. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Iron Arrow Honor Society — the highest honor that can be attained. Her internship in internal medicine was at Stanford University Hospital and her residency in dermatology was performed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University and graduated magna cum laude.
Dr. Crowell is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, adjunct professor at Barry University’s Physician Assistant Program and a volunteer clinical associate professor at the University of Miami Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. She has been recognized as one of Miami’s Top Dermatologists by Castle Connolly Top Doctors for over a decade, and was specifically recognized as a top doctor in the field of cosmetic injectable fillers.
Dr. Crowell specializes in using various injectables and lasers to give her patients a refreshed, natural, younger-looking appearance. It’s important to note that treatments are not one size fits all, she said.
“Each injectable filler and each laser has a special purpose, and you need to know how to use them to achieve the best results,” Dr. Crowell added.
To this point, not every practice has a full array of lasers. It’s quite an investment. At her practice, Dr. Crowell has lasers that treat face and neck wrinkles and sun damage, dark circles under the eyes, blood vessels, vascular birthmarks, scars and unwanted tattoos and hair.
When it comes to skincare products, no one product does it all either. Dr. Crowell recommends that you start your skincare regimen with a high-quality sunscreen worn daily. This is South Florida, after all. Then, come the anti-aging products, which can be effective if the right ones are used.
“I analyze your skin, features and daily activities to determine the skincare products that are best for you,” Dr. Crowell said. “It’s also important to occasionally change your products. Your skin builds up a tolerance, making your favorite skin cream less effective.”
Dr. Crowell and her highly skilled team of physicians and aestheticians also treat diverse skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, warts, moles and skin cancer. If skin cancer is detected, it can be treated by a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, or with radiation therapy for nonmelanoma cancers. Radiation therapy uses light energy rays to kill the cancer cells and is a good option for skin cancers on the face.
Judith Crowell, MD, is located in Snapper Creek Plaza, 7800 SW 87 Ave., Suite C-300. To schedule an appointment, call 305-274-0221.