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Dermatologist

Skin easily reflects one's health as it is the most visible and largest organ of the body. So if you were able to see or touch something unusual with it, see a dermatologist right away.

Definition

Dermatology is a sub-specialty of medicine which deals with the skin and its diseases. It is derived from the Greek word dermatos, which means skin. And thus, a dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating skin disorders and cosmetic problems in scalp, hair and nails. There are various branches of dermatology, and these include cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, immunodermatology, Mohs surgery and pediatric dermatology.

A cosmetic dermatologist performs minimally invasive procedures such as liposuction, face lift, blepharoplasty, botox, filler and laser surgery. A dermapathologist specializes in the causes, nature and effects of skin diseases. An immunodermatologist treats lupus, bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, and other immune-mediated skin diseases. A dermatologist specializing in Mohs surgery performs tissue-sparing technique to treat skin cancers. And a pediatric dermatologist deals with the hereditary skin diseases and the skin diseases of neonates.

Types of Patients

The most common skin diseases a dermatologist attends to are skin cancer, warts, fungal infections, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, atopic eczema and cold sores.

Other than preventing, diagnosing and treating the above-mentioned diseases, a dermatologist also provides some therapy services. These include cosmetic filler injections, laser hair removal, hair transplantation, intralesional treatment, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, phototherapy, laser tattoo removal, tumescent liposuction, cryosurgery, radiation therapy, vitiligo surgery, allergy testing, systematic therapy and topical therapy.

Dermatologists also give advice and administer care to prevent future skin problems. They prescribe products that are best for a specific type of skin, and teach proper skin care such as applying sun protection lotion. They help improve the appearance of skin by lessening, if not totally eliminating, discoloration and damage brought about by aging, sunlight or disease.

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