A dermatologist is a medical graduate who after completing a basic medical degree and a minimum of two years of general hospital experience (intern and general resident), on successful application embarks on a five year period of hospital based specialist training and exit examination process.The medical specialty of dermatology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all diseases and disorders of the skin, hair and nails.
Given the Australian climate and our love of the outdoors lifestyle, skin cancer is a major concern for all Australians. Australian dermatologists are trained in the full range of skin cancer diagnostic techniques and available treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.
Many skin diseases are related to internal disorders, requiring a dermatologist’s sound knowledge of general medicine. Other conditions are environmentally precipitated demanding a detailed enquiry into a patient’s lifestyle or working conditions.
Many medications and supplements which we may take for our health may also cause allergy and drug reactions of the skin – some of which can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.
Other dermatology problems
The skin acts as the boundary between our internal organs and the outside environment. Infections of the skin are commonplace – they may be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic in origin. Your dermatologist can diagnose and manage these infections appropriately.
Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic eczema have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life. Your dermatologist can access and safely prescribe the latest treatments to bring your condition into remission.
This is a well-established subspecialty for dermatologists, which have pioneered both laser therapies and injectables. Our dermatologists can provide information and advice on a variety of cosmetic procedures and products available for minimising the effects of age and sun damage on your skin.
Procedures for managing scars resulting from trauma, surgery and acne are also available.
Dermatologists providing consultative and procedural services at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology are all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Practising individual dermatologists at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology have sub-specialisation interests in paediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, and women’s and cosmetic dermatology.