What To Expect From A Local Dermatology Center
A Local Dermatology Center Is The Best Place For Proper Skin Care
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the field of medicine primarily related to diseases and disorders of the skin as well as the nails, hair and scalp. Your local dermatology center consists of a team of dermatologist and treatment providers where you can expect to receive the following services:
Your GP (General Practitioner) can diagnose most skin conditions but will refer you to a dermatologist if they are unable to provide an accurate diagnosis or for treatment of a diagnosed skin condition. It is not necessary to first consult your GP if you are suffering from a skin condition and you can approach your local dermatology center directly for a diagnosis.
If you have already received a diagnosis, you may want to take any information regarding the condition and treatments that you have received to your dermatologist. This will help them determine whether a correct diagnosis has been made and provide a different treatment option should previous treatments have failed.
As a medical doctor, your dermatologist can prescribe medications and provide different procedures to treat the following conditions:
– Mole identification and removal
– HIV skin conditions, specifically Kaposi’s sarcoma
– Auto-immune related skin conditions and connective tissue disorders
– Melanoma or skin cancer
– Eczema and dermatitis
– Human Papillomavirus
– Nail Disorders
– Hair Disorders
– Pigmentation conditions
– Wound and burn care
– Ulcers, cysts, lesions and boils.
Treatments are not limited to these conditions and dermatologists can also diagnose and treat conditions that are less common.
3. Types Of Treatments
In most cases, your dermatologist will prescribe medication to treat a skin condition. However, they can also perform some procedures in their rooms including laser or light therapy, minor surgery or procedures to excise (remove) warts and moles.
Skin grafting can also be performed by a dermatologist to treat burns, scars or major wounds. The procedure involves the removal of skin from a hidden part of the body and grafting it onto the treatment area. Artificial skin can also be used in skin grafting procedures.
In the event that you require a surgical procedure under general anesthetic, you will referred to a dermatologic surgeon.
4. Dermatologic Surgery
Your local dermatology clinic should have an in-house surgeon who can perform reconstructive, cosmetic and medically necessary procedures. One of the most specialized dermatology surgical procedures is called Mohs surgery which removes layers of skin to treat skin cancer. The layers of cancer containing skin cells are progressively removed until only healthy tissue remains.
5. Clinical Trials
Your local dermatology center can provide you with access to clinical trials. Clinical trials involve new treatments that are still being researched and are undergoing FDA approval. These treatments are specifically aimed at finding cures for skin diseases that are deemed incurable or new treatments that work faster and are more effective.
You should be able to find a local dermatology online, in the yellow pages or through your GP to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.