Office Dermatology Procedures

Office Dermatology Procedures

OFFICE DERMATOLOGY PROCEDURE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate and treat children and adults with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. They are a specialty doctor that manages diseases and problems of the skin, hair and nails.

Q: What does a dermatologist do?

A: A dermatologist has additional training and experience in the following:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the
    skin.

  • The management of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders.

  • The recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.

  • Interpretation of skin biopsies.

  • Surgical techniques used in dermatology.

  • Acne

  • Eczema

  • Skin damage

  • Scar treatment

Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars, and the skin changes associated with aging.

Q: When should I see a dermatologist?

A:

  • A mole or patch of skin that’s changed—If a mole or patch of your skin has changed in color, size, shape, or symptom you should see a dermatologist.

  • Stubborn acne

  • Itchy hives or rashes that won’t go away

  • Scars from acne, blemishes, or cuts and scrapes

  • Persistent skin irritation—You have itchy, red, flaky skin and over-the-counter creams and lotions just aren’t working. You may think that the cause of your dry skin is the weather, sensitivity to skincare products, or even genetics. But in reality, you could have a chronic skin condition.

  • Nail disorders, ingrown nails, fungus, or others— Nails can show signs of other body disorders like liver disease, heart conditions, anemia, or diabetes.

  • Hair loss—You may have a scalp disorder or want to start some preventive therapies.