1. Who is a dermatologist doctor?
A dermatologist is a physician or a doctor who specializes in problems of skin, hair, nail, and mucous membranes. He/she is also trained to offer support for various cosmetic issues. They help patients rejuvenate the appearance of various body parts such as skin, hair, and nails. They treat more than 3,000 skin conditions. These include acne, psoriasis, and skin cancer.
2. When should one consult a dermatologist?
You should consult a dermatologist immediately if you have developed any abnormal symptoms which are affecting your skin, hair, nails, or mucous membranes. If you have any cosmetic concerns, a dermatologist will be able to help you. Further, for major ailments such as skin cancer, examination is also done by dermatologists.
3. Should one consult a dermatologist for laser treatment of skin problems?
Yes, you can consult a dermatologist for laser treatment of skin problems. A dermatologist is professionally trained to carry out skin grafts and laser treatments. For laser treatment, they use a special light beam to treat various skin complaints. Such skin complains can include tumours, warts, moles, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, wrinkles, and unwanted hair.
4. What are the common services provided by a dermatologist?
Below is a list of some common conditions dermatologist treat.
• Dermatitis and eczema
• Fungal infections
• Hair disorders
• Nail problems
• Skin cancer
Dermatologists use various surgical procedures such as:
• Chemical peels
• Cosmetic injections
• Hair removal and restoration
• Laser surgery
5. What is the difference between a cosmetologist & a dermatologist?
Dermatologists and cosmetologists both primarily focus on the outward appearance of individuals. Dermatologists are trained physicians and they treat illness and disease. On the other hand, cosmetologists offer services to improve aesthetics. Dermatologists are doctors and specialize in treating skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. But cosmetologists are not doctors. Cosmetologists specialize in various beauty services including haircutting and hairstyling.
A branch of medicine that deals with the skin is Dermatology. Doctors who are specialized in examining, diagnosing, and treating diseases related to skin, hair, nails and few cosmetic problems are called Dermatologists.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Dermatologist:
It is recommended for everyone to consult a Dermatologist once every year to get updated on the health condition of the skin. In case if you are suffering from any skin disease or infections, it is advised to have regular follow-ups with the Dermatologist.
One should consult a Dermatologist if she/he is suffering from any of the following diseases:
No, Dermatologists are the specialized doctor who examines the patients and treats skin and hair conditions. However, Plastic surgeons are the one who performs most of the cosmetic & reconstructive surgeries. They help to change the shape of the body and improves the overall appearance.
Yes, Dermatologists can treat hair loss. They will examine the scalp of the patient and plan an appropriate treatment course. Based on the type of hair loss and the age of the patient, the treatment course can be modified by the Dermatologist.
When skin is plugged with the dead cells and oil, acne forms. Mostly, teenagers and young adults have acne. Well experienced and skilled Dermatologists can treat acne with proper medications and lifestyle modifications. By using medical procedures like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser therapy, and drainage & extraction, etc. most of the Dermatologists can treat skin related problems.
One can consult a Dermatologist either offline or online. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, prebooking may be required for consultation.
A Dermatologist can perform minor procedures and few plastic surgeries like brow lift, chemical peel, conservative excision, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, and Mohs micrographic surgery, etc.