Dermatology is a branch of medicine which focuses on conditions of the skin, along with sweat glands, hair, and other related body parts. There are numerous branches of dermatology, from cosmetic dermatology which focuses on elective procedures to immunodermatology, the study of conditions of the skin caused by immune system problems. Many people visit a dermatologist at some point in their lives for things ranging from dry skin to pre-cancerous moles.
For a condition like dry skin, this might involve medication, dietary changes, or the use of creams and oils to condition the skin. For something such as suspicious looking moles, your dermatologist might take a biopsy to find out whether or not the mole is malignant, and he or she may remove the mole if it proves to be cancerous.
A cosmetic dermatologist may perform everything from liposuction to Botox® Cosmetic procedures with the intent of creating the desired look. In people with conditions which cause severe disfigurement, such as port wine stains, a cosmetic dermatologist can also make a radical difference by normalizing the patient’s appearance and freedom of movement, allowing the patient to live a normal life.
The skin is the body’s first line of defense. It is important to take good care of your skin and to keep track of changes in the appearance and texture of your skin which might signify problematic conditions like cancer. You should go to a dermatologist if you notice radical changes in your skin, or if you want to seek treatment for things like painful burn scars, irritatingly dry skin, or spider veins, among many other conditions.
The providers at MetroDerm, P.C. offer a wide variety of dermatology services as follows: