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Dermatologist

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A dermatologist is a medical doctor with extensive training, experience and dedication for keeping skin, hair and nails healthy throughout your lifetime.

Your dermatologist is uniquely trained to look at your skin with his or her eyes and other tools. Dermatologists can spot possible problems and diagnose medical conditions ranging from minor to life-threatening. Once a diagnosis is made, effective treatment can often be provided safely and conveniently in your dermatologist's office.

Advances in research and technology allow today's dermatologist to protect and care for your skin with the latest medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments. Dermatologists can have an effect on the lives of patients of all ages — the infant with a red birthmark, the child with eczema, the young man with a new growth on the skin, the baby boomer with sun-damaged skin, the senior citizen with shingles — treating their skin conditions and making them look and feel their best.

After earning their 4-year medical degree and completing an internship, dermatologists receive three more years of training dedicated to skin, hair and nails. This training includes general dermatology, dermatopathology, pediatrics, surgery and cosmetics. Many dermatologists see patients with all types of skin concerns. Some dermatologists gain additional training and expertise and may develop practices specializing in these areas.

Source: MedlinePlus and American Academy of Dermatology

Note: This definition was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

American Academy of Dermatology
This website for the American Academy of Dermatology includes a section for the public and patients on skin diseases and treatments.

American Board of Dermatology
This website includes certification and specialty information, as well as a section for the public with general information about dermatology and FAQs on the importance of board certification.

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