As the largest organ in the body, contrary to popular belief, the skin is extremely different from one area to the other. From the skin on your face to the skin on your legs, hands and feet every area of your skin has its own unique issues and problems and different ways to treat them. The most common problems are acne, dandruff, wrinkles, rosacea, and scars. It is up to each individual to take care of their skin but some may need the extra help that dermatologists can provide.
What Does A Dermatologist Do?
Dermatologists diagnose and treat skin conditions and diseases while also being able to perform cosmetic treatments like hair removal, filler injections, tattoo removal, laser procedures and more. In order to be a board-certified dermatologist one must successfully complete a medical school, then an internship and accredited residency program. Dermatological surgeons must retake their exams every 10 years which makes sure that they are always up-to-date with the latest technology, procedure changes, and advances that have been made in medicine.
Types of Dermatology
There are multiple areas of dermatology and what they are used for, how they treat skin diseases, and how they are used:
- Medical dermatology is an area of dermatology where a patient is diagnosed for a disease that affects hair, skin and nails and then treated with a medication or surgery that would prevent the disease from returning or in some cases keep it from developing further.
- Cosmetic dermatology is an area that treats hair, skin and nails by procedures that would improve the physical cosmetic appearance of the patient and also help to remove the consequences of a past skin condition.
- Surgical dermatology is an area that treats hair, skin and nail diseases by performing surgical procedures.
- Dermatopathology is used when a disease needs to be diagnosed. A sample of the skin is removed and examined through a microscope to determine what it is and what the next step in treatment needs to be.
When Should I go to a Dermatologist?
If you have stubborn acne that won’t go away even after you use over-the-counter medication extensively. If you are suffering from acne the best over-the-counter products to treat your condition are ones that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. They can keep mild to moderate breakouts in control but if after three months they aren’t working and your outbreak persists then you should see a dermatologist. Sometimes the easiest solution would be to consult a dermatologist before beginning any sort of treatment.
If you suffer from dark skin discolorations that won’t heal. If you see something that looks like a mole or an abnormal discoloration on your skin then you should see a dermatologist immediately. With the high rates of skin cancer today it is imperative to always act when you see a dark mark that wasn’t there before. Even if you think it’s nothing, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have fair (light) skin you are at an even higher risk of skin cancer so you should take extra precautions.
If you have rashes or itching that won’t end. If you suffer from inflammation, itching, or flaking skin and you know you’re not allergic to anything that you encounter on a daily basis and you’ve used over-the-counter medication then you should definitely see a dermatologist. They can assess the situation and prescribe medication that could treat your symptoms.
If you have stretch marks and/or cellulite. These unsightly things can be dramatically improved by dermatologists and do what many cosmetic companies say they can do but honestly can’t. While stretch marks and cellulite cannot be completely eliminated if you expect realistic results you will be greatly satisfied with your result.
Finding a great dermatologist in New Jersey can be a bit of a hassle for those who need a reliable and caring professional that will provide you with results, which is why contacting a dermatologist like Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport, a chief clinical instructor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who is certified by the American Board of Dermatology can be such a relief to those looking for a dermatologist whose best interest is making you happy with the skin you’re in 🙂
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