Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology in Santa Barbara, CA

Dermatology is a medical specialty that focuses on your skin and addresses not only medical and surgical issues, but also cosmetic concerns. Cosmetic dermatology services include skin care products, treatments and procedures that can improve appearance and aesthetics of the skin. Dr. Keith Llewellyn offers many cosmetic dermatological procedures and products for men and women in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Solvang and the surrounding areas of California.

What is Cosmetic Dermatology?

Cosmetic dermatology mainly focuses on the aesthetic appearance of your skin rather than medical conditions. As a dermatologist, Dr. Llewellyn understands how your skin works and what it takes to help your skin stay healthy and looking its best. Some of the concerns that he can help with as part of his cosmetic dermatology services are:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Excess hair
  • Skin laxity and creases
  • Rough, dry and sun damaged skin
  • Spider and varicose veins
  • Facial redness and unwanted blood vessels
  • Sun spots and unwanted growths
  • Scars and acne scars

How Much Does Cosmetic Dermatology Cost?

The cost of our cosmetic dermatology services depends on which services you choose and how many treatments are needed. We accept payment by cash and major credit cards, and you can learn more on our financing page.




Chemical peels



What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dermatology?

  • Improves tone and texture of the skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rejuvenates and tightens the skin
  • Eliminates unwanted hair
  • Corrects sun damage and sun spots
  • Reduces facial redness and blood vessels
  • Improves the appearance of scars

Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dermatology?

Dr. Llewellyn offers a range of cosmetic dermatology services that are good for all skin types and conditions. Schedule a consultation so that he can evaluate your skin and recommend the treatments that are best suited for you. If you have acne, rosacea or other skin conditions, review our surgical and medical dermatology section to learn how Dr. Llewellyn can help with those concerns as well.





What Should I Expect from Cosmetic Dermatology?

Many of our cosmetic dermatology treatments will improve your skin in just one appointment and require minimal to no downtime. Though optimal results for some procedures may require a series of treatments. They are good for addressing aesthetic concerns, as well as routine skin maintenance. Be sure to ask about our professional skin care products to improve your at-home care and to compliment and enhance your treatment results. Sunscreen is always a good idea to protect your skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. We can recommend a high-quality sunscreen.

Cosmetic Dermatology FAQs


What is the difference between a dermatologist and a cosmetic dermatologist?

A cosmetic dermatologist treats patients for aesthetic reasons such as smoothing wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture, and tightening sagging skin. Medical dermatology, however, is geared toward treating a health problem or injury. It is recommended that everyone visit a dermatologist once a year to check for skin cancer. Since this type of dermatology is medically necessary, it is typically covered by insurance, whereas a cosmetic dermatology procedure may not be covered.

Is acne medical or cosmetic?

Acne can be considered both medical and cosmetic, depending on the treatment used. Insurance companies will cover prescription medications and certain procedures depending on what they deem to be medical vs cosmetic. For example, an injection of an acne cyst to remove a stubborn blemish is typically covered, while microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser procedures, which can be used to treat acne and reduce scarring that acne has left behind, is typically not covered by insurance.

Is cosmetic dermatology covered by insurance?

Since cosmetic dermatology procedures are not deemed medically necessary by insurance carriers, they are typically not covered. The staff at Aloe Dermatology will assist you in determining which services are covered.

How do I find a cosmetic dermatologist?

You can request a referral list of dermatologists from your primary care physician or go to the American Academy of Dermatology’s website www.aad.org to find a board certified dermatologist in your area. You can also ask family and friends for recommendations. You should then research each dermatologist’s credentials, experience and reviews, and make your selection based on that.

Should I see a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist?

Whether you should see a plastic surgeon or dermatologist depends on your condition or what you’re looking to have done. For any surgical treatment of the skin or other tissues requiring reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery, a plastic surgeon would be best qualified. Cosmetic dermatologists specialize in performing cosmetic procedures, typically minimally invasive face and skin procedures (Laser treatments, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, removal of unwanted moles/growths/sun spots) while plastic surgeons perform a wider scope of surgical aesthetic procedures (face lifts, breast augmentation etc.). Medical dermatologists specialize in the medical treatment of skin diseases, so they are best qualified to diagnose and treat all types of skin problems.

If you are unhappy with the way your skin looks or feels, we can help. Aloe Dermatology offers cosmetic dermatology services for men and women in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Solvang and the surrounding areas of California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.