Our skin plays a very important role in our wellbeing. It forms a protective covering over the internal organs and is often where the first signs of serious diseases become visible. Hence, it is important to pay attention to the skin. Doctors who study the skin and can treat issues associated with it are known as dermatologists. Dermatologists can treat a number of conditions such as moles, rashes, acne, skin cancer etc. Some dermatologists have private practices while others work with hospitals.
Ideally, one should consult a dermatologist at least once every year. Dermatologists can check the condition of your skin, any changes that develop and look out for symptoms of more serious conditions. For example, a mole that suddenly becomes larger may be a sign of cancer. In addition, you could also visit a dermatologist for specific issues such as a rash, itchiness, infection of the skin, infected nail, acne, scarring etc. They can also help you age more gracefully.
Dermatology has many sub specialties. This includes Dermatopathology, Immunodermatology, Cosmetic dermatology and Paediatric dermatology. Some dermatologists may also be trained to perform surgeries. They are known as dermatosurgeons.
A dermatologist’s consultation fees start from Rs 600/- and increases, depending on the doctor’s experience and specialty. This is exclusive of any procedures that may be performed such as:
Chemical Peel: Rs. 1,500/-to Rs. 3,000/-.
Laser treatment: Rs. 30,000/- to Rs. 60,000/-.
Botox: Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 18,000/- per session.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Rs. 6,000/-to Rs 50,000/-.
Dermatologists can treat over 3,000 different skin related conditions. The most common treatments provided by a dermatologist are:
This is a procedure wherein the top layer of the skin is removed so that new skin may form. There are many different types of chemical peels available.
This is a diagnostic procedure where a tissue sample is used to test for certain diseases such as cancer.
This is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure where the top layer of the skin is damaged to a certain degree so as to encourage new skin growth.
Cosmetic injections such as BOTOX may be given to hide signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Laser surgery may be used to treat skin conditions such as scarring that results from acne and the removal of tattoos.