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.
Dermatology is the specialized branch of medical science that deals with diseases related to a human’s skin, nails and hair. A dermatologist treats patients with medications and surgery according to the criticality of the disease. He is also educated and trained to deal with cosmetic issues of derma, scalp, and nails.
Though the skin is something which we can touch and feel, the diseases that might attack the skin are not always visible to a normal person. The basic symptoms like itching of skin or scalp, dandruff, and nail damage can also lead to terrible consequences if not attended within time. Not paying attention to these lesser significant symptoms can be the cause of severe diseases like skin cancer, eczemas & skin infection.
Derma problems mostly need acute care and a long time to cure. Though dermatologists are trained to provide comprehensive treatment, the department can be sub-classified into:
Medical dermatologist who specializes mostly in medicines and not surgery
Surgical dermatologist who specializes in surgical procedures
Pediatric dermatologist who specializes in treating infants, children, and young adults till the age of 18
Cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in cosmic medications, surgery & laser treatments of patients
Cancer dermatologist who specializes in providing intensive care to cancer patients
A consultation charge of a dermatologist in Hyderabad is somewhere between Rs300 – Rs500. Further costs depend on the diagnosis and treatment procedures.
Home medicines: Many of the basic derma & hair related problems can be treated at home by using traditional techniques of coconut oil, honey, turmeric etc. But, if the problems persist then it is imperative to visit the doctor without delay.
Medications: Certain diseases like psoriasis and eczema need an application of ointments or oral medications.
Surgery: In spite of medications if the problems persist, then the doctor might opt for surgery. Moreover, for complicated issues like skin cancer, surgery is necessary.
Laser treatment: If problems like acne, wrinkles, and sun-tan is recurrent, then the doctor with the consent of the patient might opt for laser treatment. By removing the upper layer of the skin with precision, it rejuvenates the patients’ skins and gives a fresher look.
Cosmetic treatment: Sometimes the skin gets damaged due to various external factors. Through cosmetic treatment, the dermatologists give a new look to the patient and help them to cure their acute skin problems.