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What is cosmetic dermatology?
Cosmetic dermatology is a specialization of the field, which focuses on a person's appearance.
When should you see a dermatologist?
See a dermatologist if you have recurring problems with your skin, hair, nails or mucous membranes, or for any concerns about cosmetic appearance. Medicare patients will likely pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount if the health care provider covers dermatology for a medical skin condition.
Does medical insurance cover dermatology?
Dermatology tends to be covered by insurance if it is deemed a "medical necessity." The amount of coverage and cost depends on the specific health plan.
Are there dermatologists that specialize in teenagers and children?
There is such a thing as a pediatric dermatologist--medical professionals who treat children from birth through adolescence - usually for skin conditions most common in younger patients. Regular dermatologists can also work with children of various ages.
What kinds of procedures do dermatologists perform?
Dermatologists can perform biopsies, dermabrasion, hair removal, laser surgery, cosmetic injections (like Botox), Mohs surgery for skin cancer, skin grafts, vein therapy, and chemical peels, to name a few.
What types of diseases and conditions do dermatologists treat?
Dermatologists can treat acne, eczema, fungal infections, psoriasis, skin cancer, shingles, warts, and vitiligo, among many other conditions.
What should a patient know before visiting the dermatologist?
Prior to visiting a dermatologist, people should know the reason for their appointment, the doctor’s qualifications and areas of expertise, as well as their expected outcomes from the interaction. Being able to explain what they hope to gain from the visit will help dermatologists determine the best course of action.
What education is required to become a dermatologist?
To become a dermatologist, students must complete both an undergraduate degree and medical school to become either a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine. From there, they need to finish a one-year internship in a clinic or hospital to earn hands-on experience. A three-year residency program is the final step to pass the dermatology board exams and earn a license to practice.
What does a dermatologist do?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who examines patients of all ages to identify and care for illnesses and diseases that impact the skin. These professionals can also perform procedures necessary to heal these conditions, whether they are non-invasive or surgical.
Dermatology is a medical science focused on diagnosing and treating skin, hair, nail, and mucous membrane disorders.