A dermatologist is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the
skin, hair, and nails.
After college, a dermatologist completes four years of medical school,
at least one year of internship, and three years of advanced training in dermatology.
Dermatologists use medical and surgical treatments to help the skin heal. Sometimes a lesion may need to be removed, with or without stitches, and is generally sent to a lab for analysis. Other times, a lesion may be treated with liquid nitrogen through a process called cryotherapy.
Initial consultation will typically involve the doctor taking a medical history, doing a physical examination, and sometimes ordering tests on the skin including blood tests. Follow up appointments are often necessary.