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Help people with all sorts of skin problems.

What does a Dermatologist do?

Skin isn’t just the human body’s largest organ. In many ways, it’s also it’s most spectacular. After all, it’s equal parts armor and interface, capable of being cut, burned, stretched, blistered, and bruised, then miraculously repaired and regenerated. Still, it’s imperfectly permeable and surprisingly sensitive given its tough veneer. That’s why it needs care from a dermatologist.

As a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in skin, hair, and nails—you diagnose and treat conditions such as acne, dermatitis, skin cancer, eczema, warts, and psoriasis. Typically that means examining patients visually, then collecting physical samples of blood, tissue, or skin that you examine under a microscope or send to a laboratory for analysis. Either way, once a diagnosis is made, you administer treatments.

These treatments might be systemic drugs such as antibiotics, or topical medications such as ointments, balms, creams, and lotions. They might involve surgery including procedures to remove and modify skin tissue. Or they might be in-office treatments like laser solutions and light therapy.

Because you’re a skin specialist, you also do cosmetic procedures for conditions such as aging, baldness, body odor, scars, and varicose veins. You administer treatments like Botox and chemical peels for wrinkles, or radiofrequency for cellulite.

Whether you’re dealing with adolescent pimples, serious skin tumors, or stubborn crow’s feet, your job is to help people put their best face forward, the result of which is at once healthy and beautiful.

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