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Austin Skin is a boutique private practice that has two locations in Austin/Bee Cave and Smithville. Dr. Sarah Gee and Dr.Kristina Collins have expertise in a wide range of dermatology services including medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, preventive skin screenings, surgical excisions and Mohs micrographic surgery. At Austin Skin, you will receive experienced and compassionate dermatologic care by Harvard-trained, board-certified dermatologists. Nationally recognized leaders in dermatology, our physicians utilize the most advanced knowledge and techniques to personalize a care plan for each patient. We also offer a well curated selection of skin care essentials including Foy by Dr.Collins.
When should you see a dermatologist?
Dr. Gee: If you have a new, growing or changing mole or another growth, it is important to see a dermatologist. If you have a history of skin cancer, as well as tanning bed history or family history of melanoma in a first-degree relative, then biannual or annual visits are recommended. Lastly, anyone with an organ transplant or taking immunosuppressive medications should get seen. Remember, our skin is our largest organ, so we need to make good choices about skin health.
What is the best at-home skin care routine?
Dr. Collins: I would make sure that the skincare regimen includes hyaluronic acid and occasional alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic or mandelic acid. I also encourage people to make sure their internal health is taken care of including a healthy diet, hydration and stress reduction because the skin can be a window into what’s going on in our body, whether good or bad
What differentiates you from other practices?
Dr. Collins: We met each other during our residency at Harvard. We believe in bringing the very best in dermatologic care to our patients and are very passionate about physician-led care. As a boutique female physician–led practice, we strive to improve an environment that changes the way our patients think about health care. When you walk into our office, you can tell you aren’t at your typical doctor’s office.
Dermatologist vs. med spa/aesthetician?
Dr.Collins: As board-certified dermatologists, we completed four years of college, four years of medical school, a year of internship, three years of dermatology residency and, in my case, an additional procedural dermatology surgical fellowship for Mohs micrographic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Med spas and aestheticians can perform skin care services and facials, but for medical and cosmetic procedures, always trust in a board-certified dermatologist.