When your skin needs more than daily cleaning and moisturizing to keep it clear, supple, and young looking, you have many options available to enhance your appearance at a variety of locations.

Aside from skin care lines available over the counter, you can also obtain medical grade lines of products at your dermatologist, plastic surgeon, spa, or beauty salon. When you need more advanced treatment for scarring, wrinkles, age lines, and skin imperfections, your answer might lie in Botox injections, chemical peels, laser peels, cosmetic surgery, or other noninvasive procedures. Even if you want skin on your face, neck, or eyelifts, a more conservative noninvasive approach is often the first thing your doctor will suggest.

When finding a place to go for treatment, the safest places to either go to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon or choose a mini spa that has a board-certified doctor on site. Aestheticians at spas and salon may lack the training and experience of a board-certified dermatologist or other skin professional, but the best sites offer the combined efforts of the two disciplines.

The 15 people named below as recipients of the Real Awards in Skin Care Health represent the best of the best in their field.

Winner for 2018

As the director for dermatological surgery for residents at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Suzan Obagi also trains physicians around the world in state-of-the-art cosmetic and laser surgery techniques. A believer in adopting a scientific approach to skin health restoration, she works at the Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center, where a patient can receive shots of Botox and chemical fillers, abrasions and peels, surgery for acne and scar removal, liquid facelifts, and many other treatments. An author, lecturer, and frequent TV guest, she is regarded by New York Times Magazine as one of the Top Cosmetic Surgeon in the United States. She is the daughter of famed dermatologist Dr.Zein Obagi.

Nominees for 2019

Dr. Zein Obagi

Based his early research on skin health, world renowned skincare expert Dr.Zein Obagi is a board-certified dermatologist who developed a skincare line of products in 1982 that was updated in 2007. He defined a Skin Classification System that determined the proper diagnosis and treatment of skins of different ethnicities. Dr. Obagi offers cosmetic dermatology, plastic surgery, and facials in his skin centers in California, Florida, Cairo, and Dubai.

Dr. Marlene Welch

When she was a young girl, Dr. Marlene Welch was inspired to become a physician after watching stories about children from her native Philippines who needed cleft palate surgeries. Both a trained artist and a surgeon, she goes a relationship with her patients and then focuses on reshaping, rebuilding, and rejuvenating the face, body, and skin. Cofounder of AM Skin Health in Lambertville, MI with Medical Aesthetician Angie Scott, she offers a full range of dermatological and skin services to private clients and to those from the nearby Toledo clinic.

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

A double board-certified plastic surgeon and phlebologist (vein surgeon), Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian splits his time between surgical procedures and noninvasive cosmetic dermatology to rejuvenate the face and body. While many patients need surgical intervention, he believes that many skin problems can be treated with various facial treatments, laser lifts, peels, and injections. A frequent winner of the Patient’s Choice Award, he provides services at the Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Clinic in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA.

Dr. Katherine Farady

At her practice in Austin, TX, Dr. Kathleen Faraday offers quality personalized dermatological care using a holistic approach that understands the role of diet, stress, and lifestyle factors in skin health. Her treatment plan addresses these issues. As a board-certified dermatologist, she focuses on cosmetic dermatology, skincare, and functional medicine at her private practice where she offers a variety of peels, injections, fillers, and more.

Maribel E. Monroe, MD

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Maribel Monroe now operates the Monroe Optimal Health Clinic in Las Vegas, NV that is dedicated to comprehensive women’s health. Over the last few years, much of her research has been with bioidentical hormones and natural supplements which she finds helps women rely less on multiple medications and lead fulfilling lives as they age. While she offers gynecological services, her emphasis is on general wellness, which includes being happy with one’s appearance. Bridging the gap between beauty and medicine, she offers aesthetic services including peels, Botox and dermal fillers, laser treatments and nonsurgical skin lifting.

Dr. Gabriel J. Martinez-Diaz

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Gabriel Martinez works with patients infected with skin cancer, chronic skin diseases, aging, and corrective needs at Arlington Dermatology in the Chicago area. With aestheticians on staff, the clinic is well equipped to offer laser and cosmetic procedures, including Botox and fillers such as Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse. Dr. Martinez is noted not only for his skill, but for his thorough explanation of procedures.

John M. Hiebert, MD

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. John Heibert founded the Hiebert Center for Aging and Aesthetic Wellness with Dr. Mark McPhee. Located in Kansas City, the center offers patients a concierge approach of combining traditional and functional medical treatments help them look and feel better. The services include facials, peels, and skin stimulating procedures, nutritional supplements and boosters, and many other treatments assigned to improve the skin.

Paul W. Papillion

Double board-certified in general and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Paul Papillion of Cool Springs Plastic Surgery of Franklin, TN specializes in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. At his clinic, he and partner Dr. John Moore work with a staff of nurses and aestheticians assist in providing nonsurgical procedures aimed at improving appearance and skin health. Procedures include microneedling, peels, injections, and other skincare techniques. Dr. Poppy on received a real self 100 award for his carry professional manner.

Dr. Lindsey Pennington

Based in Shreveport, LA, Dr. Lindsay Pennington is a cosmetic facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who offers many surgical and noninvasive solutions to patient who want to improve their appearance and eliminate the signs of aging. Some of her offerings include Botox, deep cleaning facelifts, microdermabrasion, salicylic peels, and more. Pennington Facial Plastics opens in October 2017.

Kriston Kent

Trained in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kristin directs both the Naples Facial Plastic Surgery center and The Kent Center for LIFE in Naples, FL. The Kent Center, which is dedicated to preventative medicine, health, and wellness to patients represents a new venture for Dr. Kent, who went back to school to obtain a training in lifestyle medicine. He assembled a team that included a nutritionist, certified health and wellness coaches, physical fitness and exercise specialists, and behavior specialists, in addition to himself. As part of his overall program to help patients look and feel the best, he offers nonsurgical facelifts, facials, peels, and skin care products.

Dr. Barbara Schell

Board-certified dermatologist Doctor Barbara Schell operates the Ageless Center for Rejuvenation, a medical spa in Seattle, WA. Bringing together a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, medical aestheticians, certified medical assistants, and customer service personnel, she created one of the country’s first medical spas to enhance skin, mind, body, and spirit. Her services include noninvasive approaches to turn back time, such as Botox and other wrinkle treatments, laser removal of wrinkles and age spots, skincare products and more.

Dr.Kristina Shaffer

Board certified in dermatology, Dr. Kristina Shaffer of Minneapolis, MN is rated a one of the Top Doctors for Women of 2016 by Minnesota Monthly. She is on staff at Dermatology Consultants where an important part of the practice is cosmetic dermatology and skin care. She routinely offers noninvasive treatments such as Botox, fillers, laser treatments, laser scar revision, and laser resurfacing to patients looking to restore their skin to its youthful state. The practice also offers facial and general skincare consultations between the patient, the aesthetician, and the doctor.

Dr. Teresa Mann

Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. Teresa Mann opened Pure.Dermatology in 2013 to provide top-quality skincare to the Southwest Montana region. Her robust team of aestheticians, nurses, and medical assistance offer patients the best in noninvasive procedures and skin care services using high-end professional pharmaceuticals .Dr. Mann also treats skin cancer.

Dr. Alan Gardner

Dedicated to helping patients achieve great skin health, Dr. Alan Gardner, a board certified dermatologist, opened Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa in 1985 in Marietta, GA. He and his staff of an aestheticians provide treatments and professional grade products to enhance skin beauty and increase self-confidence. His full-service clinic also treats medical conditions that affect the skin. Dr. Gardner is noted for the individual attention he gives each patient has their natural beauty within surfaces.