With practices in Beverly Hills and three other Los Angeles-area locations, Dr. Ronald Moy is a board-certified dermatologist, who is an expert in cosmetic surgery. He is especially interested in skin damage caused by the sun, including skin cancer, and in addition to Dermatology, he is board certified in Mohs Micrographic Sugery and Cutaneous Oncology. He prides himself on carefully listening to a patient before devising a treatment plan, and, in fact, he may even advise patients against surgeries they were set on. The Moy Cosmetic Surgery practice offers treatment of skin cancers and general skin care in addition to cosmetic treatments including minimally invasive lifting and tightening facial procedures and filler and BOTOX injections. He also offers a full line up of laser procedures for skin rejuvenation and hair removal.
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you come to choose dermatology and plastic surgery as your specialty?
I started my career as a researcher and was soon recognized for having a special talent in facial plastic surgery. I am meticulous when it comes to the details and love seeing great facial plastic surgery results. In addition, my research in the dermatological field has been and continues to be a great passion of mine.
Over the span of my career, I have maintained an active presence, striving to further evolve the fields I work in. I am the immediate past President of the American Academy of Dermatology, a former Editor-in-Chief of Dermatologic Surgery, a past President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, past President of the Division of Medical Quality/ Medical Board of California, been a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and was previously an Editorial Board Member of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Who is a candidate for a Mohs procedure? Should anyone diagnosed with skin cancer have this surgery?
Mohs surgery is not necessarily needed for all types of skin cancer. In general, it is a procedure best suited for persons diagnosed with skin cancer who are in need of the highest cure rate and the smallest scar possible. Most often, Mohs is used to address basal and squamous cell carcinomas, though it can be used for melanoma as well. It is an incredible thorough technique, yet it requires only the minimum amount of tissue removed. Because this technique is so highly precise, it is also a common choice for individuals with cancer in visible and/or critical areas such as the face, hands, or genitals.
Which cosmetic treatments are requested most by your patients and why do you think this is?
While many individuals do take the necessary precautions to protect the skin on their faces using SPF products and anti-aging creams, most neglect to give their necks that same attention. Down the line, this damaged and sagging skin on the neck becomes particularly noticeable, especially when it is adjacent to a properly cared for face. This is likely why I find neck lifts or neck tightening procedures to be the most commonly requested among my patients. I perform these procedures under local anesthesia, with a minimal incision, and often combine them with laser resurfacing to improve the appearance of loosened neck skin even more.
For what situations do you recommend fat transfer?
Fat transfer is a great choice because it looks natural and in essence, it is. Any person who is noticing a loss in facial volume, which usually occurs in the majority of people over 50-years old, can benefit from fat transfer. Using the patient’s own fat cells, we are able to fill out and correct wrinkles, hollowness, and facial deformities. Plus, there is no risk for allergic reaction since we are using cells from the patient’s own body.
What minimally invasive tightening and lifting procedures do you offer?
Our office offers minimal incision facelifts, minimal incision neck lifts, and radio frequency face and neck tightening.
What inspired you to create your product line DNA EFG Renewal and what are its key ingredients?
I originally created DNA EGF Renewal as a means to reverse sun damage and pre-cancers in high risk individuals. However, further research and testing led us to create a comprehensive line that would repair the effects of damaged and/or broken DNA as a whole, which means significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, dark spots, facial sagging, and the repair of pre-cancers. The high concentration of naturally derived DNA repair enzymes apparent in DNA EGF Renewal work to decrease the risk of skin cancer and repair past sun damage. The epidermal growth factor (EGF), which is barley-derived, tightens and thickens skin, leading to a more youthful appearance. When used together, these products are clinically proven to significantly improve the skin’s texture, health, and appearance