Dermatology & Laser Center


Q. What is a dermatologist?

A. Dermatologists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails. They receive eight years of medical training including four years of medical school, an internship, and three years of advanced training in dermatology. These specialists must also pass a series of comprehensive exams given by the American Academy of Dermatology in order to become board-certified.

Q. Are your doctors board-certified?

A. Yes, all of our physicians are board certified dermatologists through the American Board of Dermatology.

Q. Is there a certain age when people should first see a dermatologist?

A. There is no specific age when patients should first see a dermatologist. The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the human body. It is important to keep your skin, hair and nails healthy. The best way to avoid being misled by myths concerning skin, hair or nails is to discuss any questions or concerns with a dermatologist.

Q. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

A. No, you do not need a referral to see our doctors

Q. What sunscreen should I use?

A. Sunscreen should be applied every day to exposed skin, and not just if you are going to be in the sun for a prolonged period. An SPF of at least 30 or higher is recommended.

Q. How else can I protect my skin from sun damage?

A. Sun protection is the principal means of preventing premature aging and skin cancer. In addition to wearing sun screen, other ways to protect your skin:
• Wear protective clothing (long sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses)
• Seek shade: remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4pm.
• Avoid tanning beds.
• Protect children from sun exposure by playing in the shade and applying sun screen.

Q. How often should I see a dermatologist?

A. Everybody, regardless of age, should see their dermatologist at least once a year to get a full body skin examination. Patients with a previous history of skin cancer or family history of skin cancer may need to be examined more frequently.
As part of a full body exam, a dermatologist will inspect all of your moles, spots, and other skin growths, and will also identify any potential problems that might be developing on your skin. Remember that your skin is your body’s largest organ. It requires at least as much care as you give your teeth!

Q. What medical conditions do dermatologists treat?

A. At The Dermatology & Laser Center, we diagnose and treat patients of all ages for hundreds of different medical conditions, some of which are listed below but not limited to:
• Skin cancer
• Pediatric birthmarks, rashes and growths
• Acne, both adolescent and adult
• Skin infections (viral, bacterial, and fungal)
• Psoriasis, eczema and rosacea
• Blistering disorders such as pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid
• Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma and dermatomyositis
• Chronic wounds and scars such as keloids