We have been posting articles regarding skin care and tips on how to take care of your skin, but I wanted to go into Dermatology and what the role of a Dermatologist is exactly. First of all, in order to understand what the role of a Dermatologist is, you have to of course understand what Dermatology is, correct? Dermatology is a sector of medicine that deals with skin and its diseases, hair and nails. This is a very distinctive skill that has both medical and surgical facets. A Dermatologist comes into the picture by taking care of diseases related to skin, hair, nails and scalp. There are many different “fellowships” when it comes to Dermatology such as, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Mohs Surgery, Pediatric Dermatology and Teledermatology. That being said, I want to go in depth into Dermatology, or Cosmetic Dermatology, as some would call it. The role of a Dermatologist varies and includes diagnosing and treating minor to major skin related problems. They don’t only treat medical related problems, but they also manage cosmetic skin problems; such as scarring or signs of premature aging and wrinkles. First of all, a diagnosis has to be made by your Dermatologist A Dermatologist is responsible for making accurate diagnosis with their patients—this is done by extensively examining their patient’s skin and considering health symptoms that might play a role in the skin condition. As everything else in life, some condition are very easy and simple to diagnose, but you also get the more complicated and sometimes rare conditions that makes the work of a Dermatologist so much more intense. Some of the more day-to-day condition a Dermatologist will deal with includes eczema, acne, fungal infections and dermatitis. Other things that a Dermatologist will deal with are birthmarks and skin cancers. Second, suitable Treatments has to be decided upon As part of a Dermatologist role, they have to decide on suitable treatments for their patients. That being said, a Dermatologist will deal with many chronic skin diseases that are incurable but treatable. The relationship between a patient and Dermatologist is not something that is once-off; this is a long term relationship, as treatments might need to be adapted from time to time. A Dermatologist may also opt for some cosmetic procedures which will improve the overall skin appearance. Some of these treatments may include dermabrasion technique which gets rids of several layers of the skin that will result in a “newer” appearance. Other treatments include radiant or laser therapy that removes thread veins and age spots. Surgical TechniquesAs a Dermatologist, they specialize in using numerous techniques that both treat and diagnose disorders and irritations. These techniques can include mole removal, skin scrapings and tissue samples from their patient. These samples will always be analyzed by experts, under a microscope. Moles that show signs of change might be removed by a Dermatologist in order to be investigated and analyzed. Teaching and Research Remember that a Dermatologist is an expert in his/her field—most of them do extensive clinical research into more than one skin condition. They might set up seminars for family doctors, teaching them about dealing with minor skin conditions. It is a Dermatologists role to keep up with related legislation and new drugs that come into the market. In order for a Dermatologist to remain certified, they have to re-take examinations every so often. Now that you know what the role of a Dermatologist is, check in again next week to find out how to choose the right Dermatologist for you and your skin!