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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 medical doctor who has specialized in the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting your skin, hair, and nails. They can also manage a variety of cosmetic concerns such as hyperpigmentation, scars, birthmarks, warts, etc.
If you are aspiring to become a dermatologist in India, you will have to get an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, which is a 5.5-year course. It includes one year of internship, post which you need to complete an MD (Doctor of Medicine) in dermatology, a 3-year specialization course.
Yes! Dermatologists can prescribe acne creams. Acne is one of the most common skin concerns for which people visit a dermatologist. The doctor would first examine your skin and will prescribe creams and other products according to your skin type. It is always better to opt for dermatologists-recommend acne creams as they are more effective and provide better results.
Dark spots are a common skin condition, especially with advancing age. Dermatologists can provide a number of treatments for dark spots. Common treatments methods for dark spots include skin lightening topical creams, microdermabrasion (a method that helps in skin renewal), chemical peels (a method of removing dull and damaged skin), and laser therapy (a method that uses a focussed beam of high-intensity light).
Dermatologists usually recommend face washes according to your skin type. After performing a detailed examination of your skin, your dermatologist would recommend the best suited products for your needs.
Dermatologists can provide skin-lightening treatments for dark knees. The doctor would examine your skin and prescribe appropriate products which would optimally help in lightening your skin and in gradually reducing the pigmentation.
Vitamin C serums have multiple benefits and can be an asset to your daily skincare kit. It helps in brightening your skin and giving your skin an even tone. However, it is always better to opt for dermatologist-recommended vitamin C serums, as not all products would suit your skin. The doctor will prescribe the right and appropriate products based on your requirements.
Yes! Dermatologists can provide face moisturizers for sensitive skin. Individuals with sensitive skin should be extra cautious while choosing their skincare products. For those with sensitive skin, it is always advisable to use dermatologist-recommended products, including their daily use products such as moisturizers and face washes.