Global Cosmetic Dermatology Alliance
For many years, cosmetic dermatology was not taught as a subject in its own right. Dermatologists only learned the subject through apprenticeship and attending congresses. In the last few decades, life expectancy has increased considerably, and people have become more concerned about their appearance – particularly as it is affected by aging. Dermatologists are the best trained people to address these prominent new concerns.
Internationally recognized cosmetic dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, and some of her fellows recognized a need for an alliance that would gather together research scientists from the fields of cosmetics and skin aging – clinicians specializing in the therapeutic techniques of cosmetic dermatology and those who received training under Dr. Baumann's guidance. The idea of the Global Cosmetic Dermatology Alliance (GCDA) was thus born.