Dermatology Questions and answers

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Dermatology or dermatologists are not cosmetic surgeons. people think that they only work on facial issues. This is untrue. Most dermatologists don’t perform plastic surgery procedures. Instead, they focus on treating medical conditions that range from minor irritations to serious illnesses. Many dermatologists specialize in areas like pediatrics or sports medicine. Others focus exclusively on surgical techniques to improve health.

dermatology questions and answers

1) What do dermatologists treat?

Dermatologists treat a wide variety of skin problems. They can be trained to provide treatment for almost every condition affecting the skin and hair. The most common dermatologic diseases include: acne, psoriasis, warts, rosacea, eczema, seborrhea, sebaceous cysts, moles, fungal infections, cancerous lesions (both benign and malignant), non-cancerous lesions, and inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.

2) How long does it take to become a dermatologist?

Becoming a dermatologist takes at least four years of college and two additional years of residency training. During this time you learn all about the body’s systems and how they function. You also develop professional skills, including technical knowledge and clinical judgment. Your dermatology training will help you identify and diagnose disease, assess severity, plan treatment, and evaluate outcomes.

3) Do dermatologists make money?

Some dermatologists charge patients fees for their services, but many others operate as private practice physicians and earn their income by taking insurance payments. In some cases, dermatologists receive payment from drug companies for promoting particular products. The American Academy of Dermatology offers information about dermatologists’ compensation.

4) Why should I go to see a dermatologist?

People who have skin problems may feel embarrassed or ashamed about them. As a result, some people avoid going to doctors when they need care. But it is important to seek medical attention because untreated skin disorders can lead to more serious health problems. A dermatologist has special training to detect and treat a wide range of skin diseases. When you visit your dermatologist, he or she will examine you thoroughly and find out what’s causing the problem. Treatment options may include medications, creams, lotions, injections, phototherapy, and surgery.

5) Are dermatologists licensed?

All states require physicians to complete certain education requirements before they can legally prescribe medication. After completing these courses, dermatologists must pass board certification examinations administered by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dermatologists work closely with other medical specialists to ensure safe and effective treatments.

6) Can I get a dermatology degree online?

Yes! Online degrees for dermatology are available from accredited schools across the U.S. Programs vary in length, and you might even be able to start an accelerated program. Find programs here.

7) What is the difference between a dermatologist and a general physician?

Both dermatologists and generalist physicians are primary care providers. However, dermatologists typically treat a larger number of patients than generalists, and spend approximately 20 percent more time seeing patients. Because there are so many different types of skin problems, dermatologists are highly specialized and focused on diagnosing and treating specific skin problems.

8) Can I find dermatologists near me?

Yes! Search online to locate a dermatologist nearby using our free directory. Or, if you prefer, use our interactive map to select a convenient location.

​9) Where do dermatologists work?

Doctors who specialize in dermatology are often seen in hospitals, clinics, and offices that offer comprehensive medical care. Many dermatologists work in large practices that provide services to many patients.

10) What is the average salary for a dermatologist?

Average salaries for dermatologists vary depending on where you live, whether you work part-time or full-time, and whether you work in private practice or in a hospital setting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dermatologists made $151,000 per year on average in 2014.1

11) Why choose a dermatologist over other types of healthcare professionals?

It’s true: dermatologists know more about how to diagnose and treat skin conditions than any other type of doctor. Because of their expertise, dermatologists are frequently asked to give advice based on their knowledge of both dermatologic issues and the latest research studies. They also understand how cosmetic procedures affect your appearance and overall wellbeing.


Although most dermatologists accept Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and most commercial insurance plans, it’s best to check with your plan prior to scheduling an appointment. Your dermatologist may not accept all forms of insurance; call your insurer to determine which ones are accepted. You’ll also want to confirm the cost