We may be familiar with the term dermatology, but we may not be so familiar with the term consultant dermatologist. Since we are not so familiar with the term, it would be normal if we do not know what it is that they do, or the benefits of seeing one. Here at Clear Skin London, we will be explaining who a consultant dermatologist is, and how they can be beneficial to you.
What is dermatology?
Dermatology is a field of medical science that deals with diagnosis and treatment of skin disease and conditions. Note that these conditions and diseases can be on the skin, or on other areas of the body like the hair, genital region and nails. This means that dermatology also covers the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer in its different forms. There are more than 3000 diagnosed and verified skin diseases, and some common skin diseases and conditions include acne, eczema, moles, warts, cysts, varicose veins, birthmarks, fungal nail infection, psoriasis, alopecia and even hyperhidrosis.
Who is a consultant dermatologist?
A consultant dermatologist is a specialist who has been trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail infections. Consultant dermatologists have undergone years of specialised training to perfect their profession. They end up reaching the highest level of their expertise and experience in dermatology, due to the fact that they spend all their professional time diagnosing and treating various skin diseases. There are also consultant dermatologists who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease in children.
Consultant dermatologists who have spent years in the field can also carry out skin surgeries and treat skin cancers including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. These specialist are also able to conduct diagnosis for skin cancer and examine moles on the skin that look suspicious. If the need arises, these specialists can have the moles removed. Finally, there are some consultant dermatologists that practice cosmetic treatments and surgeries, aimed at improving the appearance and condition of the skin. They use techniques like microneedling, laser therapy and various injections to tighten the skin, improve its appearance and treat conditions.
Knowing when to see a consultant dermatologist
Knowing that consultant dermatologists are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of any skin condition, you should always see them whenever you have any skin condition that is causing you to feel uncomfortable or worried. Whatever skin problems you may have, the consultant dermatologist will conduct a diagnosis, tell you what the problem is and deliver treatment. Sometimes, your doctor or GP may not be able to diagnose the issue on your skin surface, and will immediately refer you to a consultant dermatologist, who will properly diagnose you and offer various treatment options according to your condition and circumstance. You should know that some skin conditions like cancer, will get worse if ignored or left for long, and for this reason, an early and quick diagnosis will lead to you getting treated early enough.
Fortunately, there are private dermatology clinics like Clear Skin London, as well as public clinics that you can visit whenever you have a skin problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated. You will be attended to by professionals as quickly as possible when you contact us. Do not hesitate when you have skin problems, get help immediately.
How to see a consultant dermatologist
In order to ensure a smooth and easy diagnosis and treatment, there are a few things to note, and bear in mind before seeing a consultant dermatologist. At Clear Skin London, you can get across to our consultant dermatologist and get access to professional treatment and service by doing the following;
• Fill an enquiry form through our official website, or book an appointment by giving us a call to discuss your condition. Booking an appointment or contacting us through our website means you will have to pay for your treatment yourself.
• Payment for your treatment can be made through your private medical insurance plan. For this to work, you will have to contact your medical insurance company to clarify the referral process that they will accept. If you were referred by your GP, or any other medical specialist, you will provide the referral information and your insurance information whenever it is requested after booking an appointment with us.
• You can also ask your GP to refer you to an NHS dermatologist if you wish. Although this service is free, the waiting time is around two weeks for emergency appointments and six weeks or more for non-emergency appointment.
Get in touch with us today at Clear Skin London for diagnosis and treatment of any skin condition. See a consultant dermatologist here by clicking on our contact information to book an appointment.