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Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology

It is the beginning of a new year and many people vow to eat better and lose weight to become a visibly new person. However, a dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine says making healthier eating choices isn’t all you can do to enhance your look for the New Year. 

People who are looking for visible results may also consider cosmetic treatments to redefine their features, including Botox to target wrinkles, laser treatments for improving skin quality and scars and CoolSculpting to smooth unsightly fat bulges. 

“The services we offer tend to give patients smoother, more evenly colored skin and improve its quality,” said Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology at Baylor. “We try to improve skin issues like wrinkles, brown spots and excessive blood vessels that make patients look older.” 

Cosmetic treatments can not only enhance the look and feel of the skin, but they also can refine features of the skin that may have occurred over time or due to sun damage. “Our skin is a canvas that reflects what has happened. With age and sun, the skin tends to become more wrinkled and discolored. Facial injuries and severe acne can also leave scars and damage to the skin,” Markus said. 

It is important to prevent your skin from developing further damage with a good skin care regimen including sun protection, he added. 

“My favorite choice for skin improvement is laser treatment selected to target the specific problem the patient wants addressed such as brown spots, redness, blood vessels, wrinkles, etc.,” he said. 

Markus noted that looking better may lead to greater self-confidence, and he believes that cosmetic treatments can allow people to reach their full potential by improving their ability to interact with others both personally and professionally.

“We are often more critical of ourselves than others are and, unfortunately, usually focus on our worst feature. If we can eliminate or at least soften our skin problems a person can feel restored. My goal is not to make someone feel like a new person, but make them feel like the best possible version of themselves,” Markus said.