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Lisa Kudrow is a Cougar's best bud.
Years ago, kids aspired for careers of prestige and excitement. When asked, they wanted to be astronauts, fire fighters, even the US President. Now, those roles appear to have be supplanted by a certain medical specialty, at least according to TV comedies: Dermatologist.
In the last year, at least three major television programs have featured skin doctors. On “30 Rock,” Tina Fey joins up with a group of women of leisure and gets treated by a NY derm. In HBO’s series “Hung,” Anne Heche leaves the main character and marries a wealthy dermatologist. Scenes include a backyard BBQ with obscure skin humor.
Back on network TV, “Cougar Town’s” Courtney Cox is treated by a derm with the bedside manner of Christian Bale on a bender. A “Friends” reunion of sorts, the caustic doc is portrayed by Lisa Kudrow.
For years, some considered Dermatology the laughing stock of medicine. It was “superficial” (literally and figuratively) compared to specialties such as Cardiology or Oncology. In the 1990’s, the tides turned. With increasingly available cosmetic treatments such as Botox Cosmetic, fillers and laser devices, many non-dermatologist docs became affiliated with “medi-spas,” storefronts staffed primarily by nurses and aestheticians. For a price, clients could listen to new age tunes while having a facial peel or a laser hair removal session. Since state regulation of spas is spotty, beauty fans should check the credentials of the staff before going under anything, be it knife, needle, or laser beam.