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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 dermatologist (त्वचा विशेषज्ञ in Hindi) is also known as a skin specialist. However, they are not only confined to treating skin problems. These doctors are specialists who can diagnose and treat any condition that concerns your skin, hair, and nails.
To become a dermatologist, you will require an MBBS degree, which is a 5-year course including one year of internship. After MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), you will need to complete an MD (Doctor of Medicine) in dermatology. This is a 3-year specialization course.
Yes! Dermatologists can provide treatment for a wide variety of skin problems including scars. Depending on the type of scars, your doctor would recommend a treatment method that would be most suitable for you. The common methods for treating scars include topical creams, microdermabrasion (a technique that helps in skin renewal), and laser therapy (a method that uses a focussed beam of high-intensity light).
Dark spots can occur due to multiple factors such as acne, sun exposure, or hormonal changes. Your dermatologist can help in diagnosing the cause and suggest treatment accordingly. Common treatment methods for dark spots include skin lightening creams, chemical peels (a skin renewal technique), laser therapy, and microdermabrasion.
You can consult a dermatologist for the treatment of all kinds of hair problems. Hair loss is a common concern for both men and women. A dermatologist will help you diagnose the cause of your hair loss and provide appropriate treatment.
Freckles are tiny, brown circular spots that appear on your face mostly as a result of sun exposure. They are harmless, but if their appearance bothers you, then you may consult a dermatologist for treatment. Freckles are usually treated with the help of topical creams, chemical peels, or laser therapy.
You can schedule a visit to the dermatologist annually (once a year). This will help in identifying any skin or hair problems at an early stage and prevent complications. This will additionally ensure the health of your skin, hair, and nails is maintained.
You do not require a referral to consult a dermatologist. When experiencing any skin or hair-related issues you can directly visit a dermatologist. You might also be referred to a dermatologist by other doctors, on certain occasions, when they find a relevant problem.