I know you’ve had this question in mind at one point or another. I’m sure you’ve thought to yourself, what does a dermatologist do? Truth is, you are not alone here. There are thousands of Americans that have no idea what a dermatologist is and what they do on a daily basis. More importantly, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people that see a dermatologist don’t even know what they can do for their skin. I’m going to bring you up to speed on things and share with you everything that dermatologists do for their patients.
What Dermatologists Can Do For Your Skin
If you’re wondering what it is that dermatologist do I’ll tell you. They fix bad skin. Just kidding, it goes much deeper than that and it’s not as simple as it sounds.
A dermatologist is a doctor that has been specifically trained to diagnose issues and diseases that are directly related to skin, nails, hair, and even mucous membranes. They are licensed to give patients information and treatment in an attempt to improve the overall health and appearance of patients skin, hair, and nails.
This question is frequently asked and people search online for answers to the question. The unfortunate part about the Internet is that individuals are likely to get very vague and incorrect information unless they come to a credible source of information like Skincare.net. Let me get into some of the specific things that dermatologists do.
When To See Your Local Dermatology Office
Here is an overview which explains some of the many things that a dermatologist can do for you. They can do a lot for your skin. So much that they are considered to be the superheroes of skin care.
Firm Your Skin – When it comes to firming your skin, the dermatologist has this down to a science. In fact, the dermatologist has access to intense and super expensive machines that can firm your skin with very little work. They can firm skin through the use of radio waves, laser treatment, temperature control and more.
Get Rid of Lines – A dermatologist can easily get rid of your lines. No, they don’t say a magic spell and cast them away for good. They use advanced technology and prescription strength products to help take you from fine lines to no lines. A dermatologist is legally able to inject chemicals and other compounds into your skin to help make lines disappear. They can also prescribe a cream or serum such a prescription strength hyaluronic acid filler and that will help you get rid of any lines that you might have on your skin.
Treat Skin Diseases From Sun Exposure – they also spend a significant amount of their time treating skin conditions that arise from poorly skin care and a lack of protection from UV rays. They may treat conditions such as malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and even squamous cell carcinoma. The important thing to note is that you want to put forth best efforts to not need to be treated for any of these issues. That’s why it’s important to proactively work toward protecting your skin so that you do not have to deal with these types of diseases.
Cosmetic Problems – There are far too many to list but in brief, they deal with hair, moles, nails, psoriasis, acne, eczema, skin infections, dermatitis and much more. A dermatologist will analyze every specific case and make an educated decision on what is the best way to treat the issue at hand.
What They Specialize In
What you probably didn’t know was that dermatologists specialize in certain areas in the dermatology field. There are at least six sub specialties of dermatology that I can think of off the top of my head.
Some specialists focus on cosmetic dermatology. These types of dermatologists focus on patients and fixing their appearances. Most of these types are trained to make people look younger, healthier and overall better looking.
Another type of dermatology is dermatopathology which is basically a pathologist or even a dermatologist that focuses on the study of skin related diseases and how the skin is physically affected.
Then there’s immunodermatology which focuses on the treatment of various disorders and the response the disorder has on your immune system. Some other areas of specialization include teledermatology,Mohs surgery, and pediatric dermatology, all of which cover specific areas of dermatology.
The number of treatments that a dermatologist can suggest or administer is extremely extensive. After all, there is a reason that these skin care professionals spend years studying. They need to be able to perform multiple tasks with regards to your skin and they need to be able to diagnose a number of different issues that may be present in order to address them.
Scheduling Your Visit
I don’t want to be the one to tell you when to do something, but if something looks out of the ordinary with regards to your skin or if you fear that something is wrong, then you need to visit your dermatologist. I typically visit mine twice per year just as a precaution and I recommend that you do the same. One thing to remember is that these types of doctors get just as busy as primary care physicians. You need to give yourself time to schedule your appointment.
Below are links to some pages that go over procedures your dermatologist may be able to help you with. Some pages even have video tutorials with some of our editors actually getting the procedures done!
One of the more trending pages is the one where our own Gina did the Clear and Brilliant laser Treatment. She also did a great video of a botox procedure. Stay tuned as we will be adding more videos of skin treatments and adding them to our library of all things that have to do with keeping healthy skin.