What is a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a doctor with many years of advanced training in correctly identifying conditions that affect the hair, skin, and nails. They are the true experts in diagnosing and treating over 3,000 different skin-related diseases and conditions. A patient would commonly see a dermatologist for issues including, but certainly not limited to: acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, rashes, skin cancer, and wrinkles. They also have advanced training in skin surgeries and cosmetic injections and treatments.
What Education Do They Require?
Your dermatologist endured a long road of education and intense training to be able to provide the highest level of care. No one has completed more training than dermatologists to address concerns with your skin, hair, and nails. Before they can begin practicing, dermatologists receive more than a decade of training, including:
- Four years of college to earn a bachelor’s degree
- Four years of medical school to become a medical doctor
- A year-long internship
- Three years of residency, working alongside experienced doctors and completing 12,000 to 16,000 hours of treating patients.
- They also received advanced training in cosmetic treatments and injections.
Why Choose a Board Certified Dermatologist?
A board-certified dermatologist has completed all of the education requirements listed above, has a state-issued license to practice medicine, and has passed the difficult exams given by the American Board of Dermatology or American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. Meeting all of these specifications ensures that your dermatologist has the training and expertise to accurately diagnose conditions of the skin, hair, and nails and provide the best possible treatment plan for each patient. Look for the words “board-certified” or the credentials “FAAD” or “FAOCD” to ensure that you are getting the care you deserve.
We know you have a lot of options, and it can be overwhelming to find the right care. While many health care providers offer dermatologic care and cosmetic procedures, they do not specialize in treating conditions of the skin, hair, and nails like a dermatologist does. When it comes to your skin, your face, and your safety, you deserve the most highly trained and skilled professional. No need to look further, as you get that right here at CincySkin Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology.
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