Dermatologists are often referred to as “skin doctors” but are they really different?
Read moreDermatologists have a long history of treating skin disorders and diseases and have a range of professional qualifications and knowledge, including dermatology, general cosmetic surgery, cosmetic surgery and skin cancer treatments.
They can also provide medical advice and treatment for skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis and psorosis.
They are not only specialists in dermatology but also can prescribe medicines, skin care products, skincare products and cosmetic surgery for people with other conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and depression.
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The ABC contacted dermatologists who have worked in dermatological clinics across Australia and received their responses.
Dr Ian Cairns, a dermatologist at the Adelaide Royal Dermatological Clinic, said he had seen many patients who had had cosmetic surgery as a result of the treatment being carried out by his clinic.
“They are typically very well-informed and have lots of experience in the field,” Dr Cairnes said.
“The reason I think that is that I think there is a stigma that the specialist is the only one who can do this type of cosmetic surgery.”
Dr Ian said he also knew many patients with eczematous or skin cancer and said the lack of professional recognition of their condition had made it hard for them to access specialist treatment.
“There are a lot of patients that have had cosmetic surgeries and they’re not sure whether they’re going to have any complications and they need a professional to provide the necessary support,” Dr Ian said.
In the meantime, Dr Cairs said the skin care industry was in need of “an overhaul”.
“We need to do a lot more research on the different types of skincares people need, the best types of skin care and the best products that we can offer them,” Dr John said.
He also suggested people consider other options before committing to cosmetic surgery such as treating themselves with topical treatments.
“People should be very cautious about using cosmetic surgery if they don’t have any other options, particularly if they are pregnant, are breastfeeding, have a child with an eczemic condition or are using some other type of skin disorder,” Dr Johnston said.
Topics:health,skin-and-hair,health-care-facilities,diseases-and/or-disorders,medical-research,research,health,derma,australiaFirst posted October 17, 2019 16:58:22Contact Sarah RiddellMore stories from New South Wales