What is a Consultant Dermatologist?
A consultant dermatologist is a physician who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the skin, nails and hair. Accurate diagnosis is essential for appropriate treatment, which is why it’s important to visit a consultant dermatologist at the earliest opportunity if you’re concerned about a skin condition.
To become a consultant, dermatologists need to have worked as a doctor for a minimum of four years in general medicine and pass postgraduate exams. Before then undertaking training as a specialist registrar in Dermatology. This takes an additional four years. They may also have trained in research or a certain speciality area to gain further expertise before coming a consultant dermatologist.
Consultant Dermatologists have a vast working knowledge of basic medical sciences and due to both their training in general medicine and their consultant work, they are also familiar with other medical specialities. This is important because many skin conditions are associated with other, internal health problems.
What do Consultant Dermatologists treat?
The spectrum of patients treated by Consultant Dermatologists is vast and can range from new born babies to the elderly. Consultant Dermatologists treat a huge number of different skin conditions, common conditions include:
- Inflammatory skin conditions, e.g. psoriasis and eczema
- Fungal skin infections such as ringworm
- Skin cancer
Consultant at The Dermatology Clinic
All our Consultants are specially trained in treating skin diseases. For this reason, visiting The Dermatology Clinic will give you access to the level of experience and skill in Dermatology you need to help your skin.
All of our Dermatologists are trained to treat children’s skin conditions and are also qualified to diagnose and treat symptoms of skin cancer.