What is a dermatologist?
Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin diseases. They are experts in skin cancer and skin cancer checks, rashes, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, hair loss, aging skin, acne and scarring.
Sometimes, other medical practitioners use the word ‘specialist’ to describe their skin related services, which can be a little confusing.
To be sure you are receiving the best care available, check that your doctor is a qualified, registered dermatologist. An easy way to check is to look for the letters FACD after their name, which indicates that they are a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the only college in Australia accredited to train dermatologists.
Extensive training to become skin experts
Dermatologists have undertaken over 10 years of training to become qualified. They are initially trained as doctors, gaining a medical degree with six or more years of university study. This is followed by several years of full-time training and practice as a junior hospital doctor in an accredited teaching hospital. Only then can application be made to enter the four-year national dermatology training program. Regular assessments of trainees are conducted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) to ensure that high standards of specialists are produced.
There are lots of options available when choosing cosmetic services like laser treatment and skin rejuvenation services. By law, certain treatments must be administered under the supervision of a doctor, but in some salons, this may be done remotely.
We strongly recommend that you choose to have any skin treatment conducted under the supervision of a dermatologist, who is a registered skin specialist.
In our clinic, we find by teaming up our cosmetic and medical dermatology, clients get a more holistic treatment that may include prescribed medication, cosmetic treatments and dermatologist recommended skin care products.
All our doctors completed their dermatology training via the Australasian College of Dermatologists Victorian Faculty. They are approachable, experienced and professional. Our dermatologists also hold hospital appointments in major Melbourne teaching hospitals.