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What is a Dermatologist?

A Dermatologist in Australia is initially trained to become a Doctor, undertaking six years of medical training at University to obtain their Medical Degree. This is then followed by several years of general hospital training as a Resident before entering into a four-year full time National Dermatology Training Scheme. By regular assessment and then final written and oral examination successful trainees are then granted Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD).

The Australasian College of Dermatologists is the only body of Doctors recognised and accredited by the Australian Medical Council as Specialists of diseases of the skin. The Dermatologists at South West Sydney Dermatology are all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD), your guarantee of the highest standard of skin care.

What do Dermatologists treat?

Dermatologists treat people of all ages from birth through childhood, to adolescents to adulthood through to old age

Typical skin problems that Dermatologists assist with include, skin cancer checks, the diagnosis and treatment of sunspots and skin cancer, skin surgery, acne, acne scarring, eczema and dermatitis, psoriasis, skin infections, excess pigmentation (such as melasma), loss of pigmentation (vitiligo) and diseases of the hair and nails.

Dermatologists however do not just deal with skin diseases. As experts on living skin cells, Dermatologists are uniquely qualified to employ a range of corrective and preventive techniques to keep your skin healthy and looking refreshed, vibrant and youthful. This includes a number of treatments such as laser surgery, muscle-relaxing injection, dermal fillers, and chemical peels.

Dermatologists are directly responsible for the development and refinement of many of today’s therapeutic and cosmetic surgery procedures.

How do I see a Dermatologist?

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so it’s no wonder that one person in ten who consults a general practitioner does so because of a skin complaint. The problem may be a suspicious lesion (spot) or changing mole on the skin, a widespread rash (a change of the skin which affects its colour, appearance or texture) a change in skin colour, or a problem with the hair or nails.

In most instances your General Practitioner will diagnose and treat your skin problem, but at times help may be required to accurately diagnose a problem and/or to find a more effective treatment. Your General Practitioner will then suggest and organise a referral to a Dermatologist if necessary.

Not uncommonly some patients may wish to seek the assistance of a Dermatologist at an early stage.  In this instance please discuss your concerns with your General Practitioner and request a referral.