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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 a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions concerning your hair, skin, and nails. They treat a wide variety of conditions and can also manage cosmetic concerns such as scars, stretch marks, moles, warts, etc.
If you are aspiring to become a dermatologist, you will have to get an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, which is a 5.5-year course. This includes one year of internship, post which you need to complete an MD (Doctor of Medicine) in dermatology which is a 3-year specialization course.
A dermatologist will be able to prescribe products that are right for your skin. He/she will be able to provide skin whitening face washes according to your skin type. Follow the instructions given by your doctor for radiant and glowing skin.
Yes! Dermatologists do perform chemical peeling for acne. Chemical peeling is a procedure where a chemical solution is applied to your skin to remove the upper layer that is dull and damaged. It helps in improving the texture and appearance of the skin and is an effective method for treating acne and scars.
The most effective way to treat and control dandruff is to use anti-dandruff shampoos. Dermatologists can recommend anti-dandruff shampoos that are more appropriate for you. Hair products should be picked according to your hair type and therefore a dermatologist’s recommendation will be very apt.
Dermatologists usually recommend various treatment methods for hair loss. The methods will depend upon the cause of your hair loss. Common treatment methods for hair loss include hair serums, multivitamin tablets, and other alternatives such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) that would improve hair growth.
The dark patches on the skin are referred to as hyperpigmentation. A dermatologist will be able to provide you with the appropriate treatment for hyperpigmentation. The common treatment methods include skin lightening creams, chemical peels (a method of removing dull and damaged skin), microdermabrasion (a technique that helps in skin renewal) and laser therapy (a method that uses a focussed beam of high-intensity light).
Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for healthy skin. Vitamin C serums help brighten your skin and give your skin an even tone. As not all products would suit you, it is safer to use dermatologists recommended serums. The serum would be prescribed according to your skin type and therefore the product will be more effective.