Dermatology is the medical science of diagnosing and treating skin diseases affecting the skin, hair, and nails. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.
What do dermatologists do?
Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and cancers. The skin is the largest organ in the body and also includes hair, nails, the wet areas of the mouth and genitalia.
Typical skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis. Dermatologists also conduct Mohs surgery and deliver cosmetic services such as laser therapy.
The majority of Australian dermatologists work in metropolitan private practice. However, many provide outreach services to rural and remote areas on a regular basis.
A large number of dermatologists conduct outpatient clinics in public hospitals, and are involved in the training of dermatology registrars. Many are also involved in research, at both the basic science and clinical levels.
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