What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the skin and the diseases affecting it. Providers who practice dermatology diagnose and treat diseases affecting the skin, nails, and hair, as well as potential cosmetic concerns, using medicine, surgery, and other medical techniques.  

A doctor who specializes in dermatology is called a dermatologist. 

Some of the procedures performed by dermatologists include:
-    hair removal or transplantation
-    cryosurgery
-    cosmetic filler infections
-    laser therapy
-    allergy testing
-    tumescent liposuction
-    vitiligo surgery
-    intralesional treatment
-    radiation therapy
-    photodynamic therapy

Why is dermatology an important part of healthcare?

The skin is the largest organ in the body and serves as the first defense against infection while also protecting the inner organs and relaying information about the inner body’s health. Many skin conditions result from an underlying health issue, and identifying these issues can help the patient receive prompt, effective care.

Skin conditions can also negatively affect someone’s quality of life by causing poor self-image, sleep loss, or severe depression. Dermatology offers a way to address these concerns and improve the patient’s quality of life.

Dermatology involves the research and continued study of normal skin and skin disorders. This encompasses topics such as aging skin conditions, hair, fat, oral and genital membranes, and cancers.