Hello there! I’m Tina Fermano, creator of @TheSkin.NY. I am a dermatology PA (Physician Assistant) working in NYC & NJ. The idea of creating my page came to me after receiving similar questions from my friends and family about their skin. “What is the best moisturizer?” “Is botox a good idea?” “How do I get rid of my dark circles?” “Do I have skin cancer? Picture attached.” “What’s the best sunscreen?” I wanted to create an easily accessible resource to answer everyone’s dermatological questions. What started as a small following of my nearest and dearest has now expanded beyond my dreams!
Dermatology PA as a Career
A quick look at my page will immediately show you my passion for my career. I absolutely love my job and consider it fun. I don’t hate Mondays, I don’t countdown to the weekend (usually), I am not thinking of what my next move is. Instead, I am perfectly content in what I do and here is exactly why…
The field of dermatology is one that allows me to perform a variety of procedures, medical and cosmetic, on a daily basis. My day may consist of multiple excisions of skin cancers, cysts, and lipomas mixed with the aesthetic world of lasers and injectables. I love the range of work I am able to achieve, in this ever-evolving industry. Continuing to grow as a medical provider is of utmost importance to me.
Variability on the Job
Remaining stagnant in my work does not appeal to me. Luckily, my career as a dermatology PA truly allows me the luxury of growth. Being able to perform surgery daily allows me to maintain and perfect the suturing skills I first learned through rotations in the ER and surgery. Expanding my skills by learning new, cutting edge cosmetic procedures such as (most recently) the non-surgical Brazilian Butt Lift excites me!
Cosmetic medicine has gained popularity in recent times with many celebrities turning to non-invasive procedures, such as fillers and botox. The beauty industry, present for years, has expanded exponentially with the onset of social media. Procedures that were once taboo and unspoken of are now lunchtime conversations. Women (and men!) are rushing in to get their quick fixes. Advice from a pro? Get treated by a pro! Finding the cheapest deal for botox or chemical peel will likely leave you with a droopy eyelid and burned skin. Take care of your skin properly by a licensed medical professional (MD/PA/NP) in dermatology (or plastics).
Learning the Science
Although it may not seem obvious at first, getting botox and fillers really does require a strong understanding of facial anatomy. Being trained along the medical school model, physician assistants are well-equipped to properly treat cosmetic patients. Find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Being a woman in medicine has always been my lifelong dream. Through the creation of my page, @TheSkin.NY, I have been fortunate to meet the likes of Mary Ella Wood, @ModMedBlog, a smart and driven lady working towards her DO. I have also created friendships with other dermatology PAs across the country, exchanging ideas and questions with one another. Follow me along as I continue to show you my daily encounters in the office and along the streets of Manhattan, with my sunscreen on of course!
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