Who is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is defined as a medical doctor who specializes in skin care. They are trained to examine and treat both children and adults, as well as help patients keep their skin healthy. Once completing a medical degree, a hopeful dermatologist must complete 3 more years of specialty training before earning a dermatology degree. Some dermatologist may complete even further education in a specialty area of dermatology like pediatrics, surgery or cosmetics.

There are several areas of dermatology that a dermatologist has had extensive training in:

  1. The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
  2. The diagnosis and treatment of moles and other skin tumors.
  3. The diagnosis and treatment of dermatitis and other skin disorders such as rashes.
  4. The diagnosis and treatment of skin complications such as acne and dermatological contagious diseases.
  5. Dermatopathology
  6. Surgery of the skin

What You May Not Have Known

Unfortunately, most skin conditions are visible and tend to be public, rather than private. A dermatologist is extensively trained in treating all types of skin ailments and dermatological problems. Many people associate a dermatologist mostly with the treatment of acne in teens and young adults. Aside from this, dermatologists perform many other kinds of skin diagnoses and treatment plans. Dermatologists are skilled in skin conditions that involve the hair and nails, which are an important indicator of your overall health. For example, fungal nail infections (in and around the nail bed) can be very dangerous if left untreated. Dermatologists can also help treat and monitor hair and scalp issues such as dandruff. If you have a concern with your hair or nails, please contact Dr. Miller for an appointment or more information.

Other treatments and procedures offered by a dermatologist include cosmetic dermatology and surgery. Cosmetic dermatology involves many different treatments. Mohs Surgery is a type of surgery offered at Dr. Robert Miller’s dermatology office in Long Beach, CA. It is used for the treatment of skin cancer which is microscopically controlled and performed with plastic reconstructive repair. Dermatological cosmetic surgeries may consist of a variety of procedures for different purposes including reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing age spots, skin resurfacing and scar treatment. These procedures may include:

If you are interested in any of the above treatments or procedures, please contact Dermatologist Dr. Robert Miller of Long Beach, CA to set up an appointment.

Why Visit a Dermatologist?

Early detection is the best way to help cure a skin, hair or nail disease or illness. The sooner you allow a dermatologist to examine a condition, the more likely you are to successfully treat or monitor that condition. This is why medical professionals recommend people of all ages to visit a dermatologist at least once per year to be screened for skin cancer and other dangerous skin conditions. It is also important to do self-examinations monthly to check for any abnormalities. Always contact a doctor if you are unsure of your self-examination results. To learn more about the proper self-examination techniques and skin cancer prevention, click here. If you are unsure or develop any abnormal symptoms or conditions over your skin, hair or nails, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist like Dr. Robert M. Miller of Long Beach, California immediately. If you would like to set up an appointment or would like more information, please Contact Us.