Skin is the largest organ of the human body and comprises 16% of the total weight of body. Having healthy skin is a sign of having a healthy body. Our skin is exposed to harsh conditions every day. Skin is exposed to dust, pollution and intense sunlight during summers and dry, cold conditions in winter. Apart from skin, our hair and nails are also affected. Thanks to dermatologists that we can maintain our skin properly. To understand the role of dermatologists, it is necessary that you know all about dermatology.
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis of skin diseases and problems. A physician who specializes in the treatment of such conditions is called a dermatologist. Dermatology focuses all problems related to skin, nails, hair and mucous membrane.
If you are suffering from any skin problems, then you must consult a dermatologist. They will treat all conditions affecting skin, hair, nails, mucous membrane and genital skin in both adults and children.
Many clinics have dermatologist for emergency treatments or surgeries. Dermatologists at Harley Street, London aim to provide best treatments for all skin related problem.
It takes lot of efforts and intense studies to become a certified dermatologist. It requires many years of education and a person must complete the following to become a dermatologist.
1. Acquire Bachelor’s degree from college
2. Become a medical doctor from medical school
3. 1-year internship
4. Dermatology residency program for at least 3 years.
While undergoing internship, a doctor is called as an intern. Internship has to be done in hospitals or clinics. For dermatology residency program, applicants face fierce competition. A dermatology resident:
Learn how to do correct diagnosis
Give proper treatment
Receives hands on experience on surgical training.
After successfully completing an accredited dermatology residency program, a dermatologist can take board exams. A dermatologist can do specialization in any sub branches as given below.
It deals with cosmetic surgeries like Botox, laser treatments, liposuction, face-lifts, fillers etc. This branch has huge scope.
Dermopathologist is one who specializes in pathology of skin. The course structure includes six months of dermatology training and six months of pathology training.
This dermatology branch is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs. It involves excision of skin cancers using tissue-sparing technique.
This field includes complex diseases of neonates and any other complications of children.
Daniel, the author of this post is a dermatologist at Harley Street, London. Apart from his profession, he likes to provide tips and techniques through his posts. Here he is giving information about dermatology and role of dermatologist.