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A dermatologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate and manage patients of all ages with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. A dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the following:
- The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles and other tumors of the skin
- The management of contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne and other inflammatory skin disorders
- The recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases
- Surgical techniques for skin lesions
Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars and skin changes associated with aging.