dermatologist    is a doctor who specializes in treating the:

  • Skin.
  • Hair.
  • Nails.
  • Mucous membranes (e.g., lining inside the mouth, nose, and eyelids.) Texas
                Dermatologist examining a women's face Dermatologist. This dermatologist is examining a woman’s skin for signs of skin cancer.

Dermatologists in arlington diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. These diseases include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections.

Dermatologists also improve the appearance of their patients’ skin, hair, and nails. For example, a dermatologist can help patients:

  • Diminish wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging.
  • Have less noticeable acne scars.
  • Look more like themselves after surgery to remove skin cancer.

Addison Dermatologists see patients of all ages — from newborns to people older than 100 years of age.

How to become a dermatologist

Becoming a dermatologist requires many years of education. A person must successfully complete the following:

  1. College, earning a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Medical school, becoming a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO).
  3. Internship, 1 year.
  4. Dermatology residency program, at least 3 years. Texas

Internship: After graduating from medical school, one is a doctor. To practice medicine in the United States, however, a doctor must complete more years of medical training. This first year of medical training is called an internship.

While completing the internship, the doctor is known as an intern. Interns train at hospitals and clinics. Doctors who want to specialize in dermatology usually intern in one of these fields — internal medicine, general surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, or pediatrics.

Dermatology residency program: After completing an internship, a doctor can enter a dermatology residency program. Getting into a dermatology residency program is tough. Applicants face fierce competition for the few available spots.

During a dermatology residency, the doctor is called a dermatology resident and trains to be a dermatologist. A dermatology resident:

  • Sees patients.
  • Learns to diagnose and treat the more than 3,000 diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails.
  • Receives hands-on surgical training to learn the surgical procedures that dermatologist perform.