Many of us would have visited a dermatologist at some point in our lives. Be it for a teenager’s stubborn acne or a case of eczema, most people have a basic idea of what a dermatologist does. But what exactly is the science of dermatology?
Most of us know that going to a dermatologist means that we need to have our skin, hair or nails looked at. Dermatology is the medical sub-specialty that deals with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the skin, hair and nails. Visiting a dermatologist may mean that you need anything from treatment for acne to a more in-depth procedure that may involve treatment for skin cancer. Individuals of all ages may require the expertise of a dermatologist.
There are four main branches of dermatology; medical, surgical, cosmetic and dermatopathology. Some dermatologists may choose to focus on one or two of these while others may choose to become proficient in all areas.
The focus of the medical dermatologist is on the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. Common conditions include acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, warts, and nail fungus. The medical dermatologist will also perform biopsies of suspicious lesions as well as treat precancerous conditions and superficial skin cancers. The surgical dermatologist’s primary focus is on the surgical treatment of skin cancer. The focus of the cosmetic dermatologist is to rejuvenate ones appearance. They may offer advanced elective procedures such as Botox injections, fillers, laser procedures, and liposuction (just to name a few). The dermatopathologist focuses on making pathological diagnoses.
Caring for your skin and your overall health is a vitally important issue which should not be taken lightly. Proper care starts with choosing the right dermatologist to give you the treatment that is right for your needs. Dr. Doppelt is a board certified dermatologist who focuses on medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin conditions and concerns. He and his team at Southeastern Dermatology pride themselves on being up to date with the latest, most innovative treatments. Give them a call and drop in for a consultation that can start you on your way to healthier and more radiant skin, but more importantly, a healthier you.