Who are dermatologists and when to consult them


We all have visited a doctor’s clinic at some point of time either with small problems or with prolonged illnesses and most of us understand the differences between the various types of doctors.

For our basic problems like fever and cough, we visit a physician or a doctor who is probably an MBBS, BHMS or an Ayurveda doctor. But for specific issues where we know a specialised diagnosis is needed, we prefer to go to a specialist. For eg., for ears, throat and nose, we reach out to an ENT specialist. Similarly, if we have skin problems, we need to reach out to a best dermatologist in bangalore.

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a branch of Medicine that deals with skin –  both medical and surgical. A dermatologist is a specialist doctor who deals with skin, hair, nails and some cosmetic problems.

If you want to look out for the best skin doctor in Bangalore, firstly you should look for the qualification that should be at least an MD or DNB in Dermatology.

That’s the qualification they achieve after completing the MBBS.

Apart from the degrees, you must also look for their experience in various aspects of dermatology and obviously, their reputation as a skin expert.

Having said that, a dermatologist covers a lot of skin related ailments including

  • Skin cancers
  • Skin infections
  • Eczemas, also called atopic dermatitis
  • Urticaria
  • Shingles
  • Rashes
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Sunburns are some of the few.

Coming to the nail ailments – chronic paronychia, elevation of the nail plate, nail thickening nail ridges are some of the common ones.

And then in the cosmetics section, a dermatologist can act as cosmetologist too. Many of the dermatologists are also experts in fat reduction techniques like coolsculpting and cryolipolysis. Skin wrinkles, skin tightening, saggy skin treatment, neck lines treatment using Ultherapy are quite popular.

Many dermatologists also act as aesthetic experts where they know the best aesthetic skin treatments including chemical peels, laser treatments, dermal fillers and neurotoxins, PRP/threads and mesotherapy. And lastly, they are also the hair care experts. You can contact the best dermatologist in bangalore for any of your hair related problems like dandruff, alopecia areata, male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.

Since they are the skin specialists, you can contact the dermatologist near you to check on few things regularly:

  1. If your skincare routine is working as that needs a routine evaluation
  2. What products are good for your skin type
  3. What you should be doing for anti-ageing
  4. Are your medications affecting your skin
  5. Is that mole on your cheek really growing fast and is of concern

And there can be many more such queries that you may want the answers to.

When to consult a dermatologist?

You don’t have to wait for a disease to appear, reach out to the best skin specialist in bangalore in case you want to consult about your skin routine, or maybe if you have any specific skin problem like acne, scars etc. or any other skin related medical problem. Also, for anything on cosmetics or fat related issues. Even if you need any help related to ageing of your skin –  a dermatologist can be of great help!

To conclude, for anything from skin, hair, nails or aesthetics reach out to your nearest skin expert for consultation. Check for the credentials and reviews of the doctor and then book your appointment. Also, always be aware about the devices, specifically the laser devices, used are genuine and certified. Do not fall for cheap products as those can be unsafe for use or they may have expired already. Just be careful and you will be in good hands!!

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Dr. Shoma Sarkar is a well known celebrity dermatologist with more than 10 years of experience in the field of Aesthetic & Clinical Dermatology.

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