When you get sick, it only makes sense that you are going to visit the doctor. If you have an upset stomach, if you have a cold or if you have some general aches and pains, you will probably go to your general practitioner. However, there are certain doctors who specialize in helping you with specific ailments. For example, if you have a problem with your skin, you should visit a medical dermatologist.
For some people, the term medical dermatology is a new one. They may wonder what medical dermatology is, and what conditions it is designed to treat.
In general, medical dermatologists are board-certified. They offer dermatologic care that can either be general, which is handling any condition that affects the skin, or focus on a sub-specialty of dermatology. Since the human skin is the largest organ of the body, it is understandable that there is a wide range of problems that people can face with their skin.
And since the human skin serves as a way to filter what comes in and what goes out of the body, there are different internal and external conditions that can play a role in affecting the health and condition of a person’s skin. A dermatologist is familiar with all of these things, and they are able to work with their patients in creating a diagnosis and treatment plan that best helps them to deal with the skin condition they have.
There are a lot of skin conditions that would require a person to visit a dermatologist. These skin conditions range from things like acne, eczema and warts to things that are more severe, such as transplant dermatology, allergies, melanomas or skin cancers.
In addition to focusing on a patient’s skin, a dermatologist is also trained in addressing issues that affect the hair and the nails. Medical dermatology has a mixture of medical and surgical aspects. They are able to treat diseases, whether they are affecting the quality of a person’s health or whether they are purely cosmetic issues.
A medical dermatologist must undergo a high level of training. In addition to the training that all doctors must undergo, medical dermatologists will need to go through an additional four years of training. After this, they will need to take a post-residency fellowship. Due to the level of training involved and the level of skill needed, medical dermatology proves itself to be one of the most competitive medical fields today.
Dermatologists have made a name for themselves by being leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. These individuals know how to use injectables, such as BOTOX®, Juvederm® and others. They also understand the techniques behind laser procedures, CoolSculpting® and light therapy. The vast majority of cosmetic dermatologists limit what they do to minimally-invasive procedures.
To learn more about our medical dermatology services, or to learn if you qualify for our cosmetic dermatology services like CoolSculpting®, make an appointment at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables, conveniently located in Coral Gables. Contact our office today to request a consultation!