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What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is a branch of medicine specializing in diseases and cosmetic problems of the skin, including scalp and nail conditions. This specialty practice has many subdivisions or specialties within the practice including cosmetic dermatology, immunodermatology and surgical procedures for the skin. While many of these subspecialties do not require any additional training (specific coursework within the umbrella field of dermatology is sufficient,) some subspecialties, including Mohs micrographic surgery benefit from an additional fellowship training program that takes up to two years to complete. In addition to those wishing to specialize in Mohs surgery, dermatologists who want to practice laser medicine, phototherapy and cosmetic surgery can benefit from post-residency training.
What Skin Conditions Can Dermatology Treat?
The most common skin condition associated with dermatology is acne, a disease that causes pimples and inflamed patches of skin. Although the disease is primarily thought to affect teenagers during puberty, acne can persist into adulthood; moderate to severe adult acne can be treated by a dermatologist. Other common skin conditions that can be treated by a dermatologist include eczema, skin cancer (including melanoma,) psoriasis and various types of skin infections. Pediatric dermatology deals specifically with conditions of the skin that affect children and adolescents, most of which are hereditary. Patients with allergy problems can also utilize dermatologists for allergy testing. In addition to conditions and diseases, dermatologists can also perform cosmetic procedures such as botox injections and facial peels for patients desiring younger looking skin.
What is a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a doctor practicing dermatology, specializing in skin conditions and diseases. These medical doctors are trained to diagnose patients and give medical treatment for skin conditions. Under the umbrella of dermatology, a number of subspecialties also exist, and many dermatologists practice specifically within a subspecialty such as pediatric dermatology or dermatopathology, a field specializing in the study and classification of diseases affecting the skin.
What Do Dermatologists Do?
Dermatologists assess their patients' conditions and make medical diagnoses; in addition, they perform a number of procedures to correct any conditions of the skin. Procedures as simple as administering topical treatments or antibiotics can be performed by dermatologists; however, dermatologists are licensed to perform many more complicated procedures including laser therapy, hair removal, cosmetic injections, laser tattoo removal and even radiation therapy, although the practice is relatively uncommon among dermatologists. A number of surgical procedures can also be performed by these doctors to remove warts, cysts and cancerous tumors.
How Are Dermatologists Trained?
Dermatologists are medically trained doctors who must first earn a medical degree before applying for certification by the American Academy of Dermatology. Much like other types of doctors, dermatologists must undergo a year of interning followed by three years of residency. Once the residency is completed, those wishing to further advance their subspecialty can elect to apply for post-residency fellowships that last up to two years.
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Dr. Ada Winkielman MD practice dermatology in Tarzana, California