Career as a Dermatologist


A Dermatologist is a specialized type of Doctor also known as Skin Physician. Dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting skin, hair, nails, sweat and oil glands, mucus membranes (inside the mouth, nose, and eyelids) which can include cancer. The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body, and reflects the health of the body. It acts as a barrier to injury and bacteria.

Dermatologists are more likely to encounter cosmetic problems; moles, hair and nail disorders, occupational dermatitis, psoriasis, skin infections, eczema, acne, rosacea, and hand dermatitis. Rosacea is a common skin condition that can cause redness and swelling. Hand dermatitis results from contact with household chemical and affects most women with children. The cosmetic problems for which dermatologists can provide assistance include wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging, hair loss, and scars. Some dermatologists perform minor cosmetic procedures such as face lifts, liposuction, and blepharoplasty, a surgical modification of the eyelid.

Some Dermatologists engage in only pediatric dermatology, which means they only cater to conditions being faced by new-born babies, infants, and young children. These dermatologists often work in the maternity ward of hospitals so that they can help babies who are born with skin conditions cope as soon as they are born.

The duties of Dermatologist typically includes to diagnosis and treat skin cancer, melanomas, moles and skin tumors. Treat hair loss, scars and other skin associated problems and performs cosmetic surgery. Teach the patient about basic skin care and hair care.

Work Environment

Dermatologists generally work from clinics. The kind of procedures they normally perform do not require them to visit a hospital, in most circumstances. As a result, dermatologists spend most of their day at work clinics. They are free to set appointments according to their own convenience, and so they enjoy a great deal of flexibility and certainty when it comes to their work. Unlike other doctors, they don’t need to worry about being paged in the middle of the night..

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Dermatology, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
  • Master of Science in Dermatology, Diploma in Dermatology.
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dermatology & Doctor of Philosophy in Dermatology.

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