What Is A Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a medical graduate who after completing a basic medical degree and a minimum of two years of general hospital experience (intern and general resident), on successful application embarks on a five year period of hospital based specialist training and exit examination process.

The medical specialty of dermatology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all diseases and disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Skin cancer

Given the Australian climate and our love of the outdoors lifestyle, skin cancer is a major concern for all Australians. Australian dermatologists are trained in the full range of skin cancer diagnostic techniques and available treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.

Skin diseases

Many skin diseases are related to internal disorders, requiring a dermatologist’s sound knowledge of general medicine. Other conditions are environmentally precipitated demanding a detailed enquiry into a patient’s lifestyle or working conditions.

Many medications and supplements which we may take for our health may also cause allergy and drug reactions of the skin – some of which can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

Other dermatology problems

Because the skin is the boundary between our internal organs and the world, skin infections (viral, fungal, bacterial and parasitic) are a common problem. Distressing chronic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can significantly interfere with a person’s quality of life and present a constant challenge to both the patient and the treating dermatologist.

Cosmetic dermatology

Cosmetic dermatology is a more recent sub-specialisation for dermatologists. Our dermatologists can provide expert information and advice on a variety of cosmetic procedures and products available for minimising the effects of age and sun damage. They are also able to discuss treatments to improve:

  • traumatic scars
  • acne scarring
  • surgical scars

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