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Why See a Dermatologist?

Dermatology is defined as the study of the skin, fat, hair, nails, oral and genital membranes; the recognition of normal variants and the diagnosis of disorders, diseases, cancers, cosmetic and ageing conditions; followed by the management of these by different approaches and therapies.

In order to become a dermatologist one must graduate from medical school and complete an accredited dermatology residency program. Upon completion of this training, a dermatologist becomes "board-eligible." Board examinations [boards] are designed to test a dermatologist's knowledge base and ability to adequately care for patients. Passing such an examination gives a dermatologist the distinction of being "board-certified."

Why see a board-certified dermatologist? There are many reasons. Below are a few of the most common reasons patients schedule an appointment at the Carter Snell Skin Center:

  • In need of a skin, hair, scalp, or nail specialist

  • There is a personal or family history of skin cancer

  • In need of an annual full body skin examination/wellness check

  • A spot is changing, not healing, or is bleeding

  • Dislike of the way a spot looks or feels

  • Presence of an itch or rash that won’t go away

  • Present or past use of a tanning bed

  • History of sunburns

  • Presence of many moles that need checking

  • Acne and acne scarring

  • Nail changes

  • Hair loss

  • Scalp irritation

  • Desire to stay looking youthful & healthy


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