All You Need To Know About Dermatology

All You Need To Know About Dermatology

Dermatology is a broad branch of medicine that deals with the study, research, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, disorders, cancers, cosmetic and ageing conditions of the skin. 

Hair, nails, mucous membranes and linings inside the mouth, eyelids, and nose are all aspects of dermatology. 

A specialist in the field of dermatology is called a dermatologist. Dermatologists are involved in the medical or surgical treatment of the conditions mentioned above. 

Dermatologists also perform a range of procedures on patients, most of which are cosmetic. 

These may include cosmetic filler injections, intralesional treatment, hair transplantation or removal, laser therapy, phototherapy, photodynamic therapy, tattoo removal, radiation therapy, tumescent liposuction, and vitiligo surgery.

Cryosurgery is also another field of dermatology that deals with the treatment of skin cancers, warts, or other dermatoses. 

It also involves allergy testing and systemic therapies such as antibiotics, injectable products, immunomodulators or topical therapies. 

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and dermatologists are well-equipped with the biological knowledge regarding the skin and related organs and are able to avert diseases which can adversely affect an individual. 

Subspecialties Of Dermatology

Here are four branches of dermatology with which dermatologists must be well-versed with:

1. Medical Dermatology

This branch of dermatology involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails, hair, and the oral cavity. 

Specialists in this subspecialty of dermatology help with the treatment of different types of skin disorders, including common and rare ones. 

Some of the treatments that are available in medical dermatology include wart removal treatment, acne treatment, eczema treatment, psoriasis treatment, melasma treatment, and vitiligo treatment. 

2. Surgical Dermatology

In this subspecialty, dermatologists treat diseases that affect the skin, nails, and hair through surgical processes, including skin cancer removal

More treatment procedures that fall under this subspecialty include Mohs Micrographic surgery, cryosurgery, standard excisional surgery, and laser surgery. 

Skin conditions that are treated through surgical dermatology are mainly skin cancers.

3. Cosmetic Dermatology

Under this category of dermatology, dermatologists use different treatments to enhance the skins appearance, as well as nails and hair. 

It is just as the name suggests: cosmetic. This is considered as non-essential treatment. 

Procedures involved in this branch of dermatology include filler injections for a younger look, hair transplants, chemical peels, and laser surgery which assists in the diminishing of facial scars, varicose veins, and even wrinkles.

4. Dermatopathology

Dermatologists in this branch specialise in dermatology and pathology. 

This means that they examine samples of the skin, nails, and hair to diagnose and treat disorders and diseases. 

Requirements For Dermatologists To Practice

Like most careers in the field of medicine, one requires a significant amount of education to become a dermatologist. 

Working towards becoming a dermatologist requires you to earn a relevant bachelors degree which is followed by a postgraduate qualification in medicine. 

Upon completion of a medical degree, you need to complete an internship and a residency, each for a minimum of a year. 

From there, four years of vocational training is required. Once this is completed, you will gain a Fellowship at the Australian College of Dermatologists.

If you need to seek advice from a trusted and experienced dermatologist, look no further than Brighton Dermatology.

We are able to deal with a large range of skin diseases and disorders and help you to restore your health and confidence. 

Please call us today for a consultation on (03) 9592 7474 or contact us through our website