Ans: Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body? The branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, and hair is known as dermatology. From acne and cosmetic issues like moles to skin cancer and cosmetic face lift surgeries, a dermatologist can treat a number of skin conditions. While some dermatologists work in hospitals others offer consultation in their clinics.
Ans: Ideally, you should consult a dermatologist at least once a year to help identify the visible symptoms like moles etc. Dermatologists examine the skin and changes in it over a period of time. If you have a rash, acne or an infected nail that does not heal, consult a dermatologist immediately. Dermatologists also treat the early signs of aging.
Ans: Some of the sub specialties of dermatology include Dermatopathology, Cosmetic dermatology, Immununodermatology and Paediatric dermatology. Dermatologists who work in the surgical field are known as dermatosurgeons.
Ans: To become a dermatologist, the candidate needs to complete a 5 and a half year MBBS degree and a 3 year post graduate MD degree. Doctors keep abreast with new medical techniques by attending follow up courses and workshops.
Ans: A dermatologist can diagnose skin cancer in his clinic but works with an oncologist for treatment.
Ans: No, dermatology and plastic surgery are different fields of medicine. However, some dermatologists do provide cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and dermabrasion to deal with aging and cosmetic issues.
Ans: Yes, dermatologists can remove tattoos, moles and warts.
Ans: The dermatologist understands the problem and personal health history. After a physical examination of the problem area, treatment will be prescribed. In some cases, a sample of the tissue is sent for a biopsy or further testing.
Ans: Dermatologists can advise you on skin care regimen that will keep your skin healthy and slow down the signs of aging. They can also perform certain procedures that make you look younger.
Ans: Yes, dermatologists can perform in-patient or out-patient surgical procedures.
Ans: The consultation fees of a dermatologist usually begin at Rs 600.
Chemical Peel Rs 1,500-Rs 3,000
Laser treatment Rs 30,000-Rs 60,000
Botox Rs 15,000- Rs 18,000 per session
Laser Tattoo Removal Rs 6,000 – Rs 50,000
The most common treatments provided by a dermatologist are:
Chemical peels – Involves applying a chemical solution on the skin to peel off upper skin, so that new younger skin can appear.
Biopsies – A skin lesion is removed for microscopic diagnosis.
Dermabrasion – It refers to a surgical skin treatment that reduces fine lines, acne scars and unevenness.
Cosmetic injections – These injections can reduce wrinkles and lines and make skin smoother.
Laser surgery for skin and hair related complaints – These are safe and minimally invasive.