What is a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, scalp, hair and nails.
What do dermatologists usually treat?
Dermatologists can treat a wide variety of conditions including rashes, eczema, psoriasis, cystic acne, rosacea, skin cancer, and bacterial or fungal infections of the skin.
When should I see a dermatologist?
You should see a dermatologist if you have a persistent rash, itching of the skin that won’t go away, a cut that won’t heal, a mole that has changed in color, size or texture, or inflammatory acne that is not responding to over-the-counter medications. If you have a problem with your skin, scalp, hair or nails that is troubling you, see a dermatologist as he/ she can diagnose the problem, put you at ease and offer you the proper treatment plan. You should also see a dermatologist as part of your yearly health care regime, especially if you receive a lot of exposure to damaging UV rays.
What is the difference between a dermatologist and an esthetician?
A dermatologist is a licensed medical doctor who has completed medical school and a residency program and passed the necessary medical board exams. A dermatologist can properly assess, diagnose and prescribe medications to treat dermatological conditions. An esthetician is not a licensed medical doctor but is someone who is licensed to perform cosmetic skin treatments such as facials and pore extractions. An esthetician can help an individual maintain clean and clear skin but cannot diagnose skin disorders or prescribe medications to treat such disorders.
When should I see a dermatologist instead of an esthetician?
See a dermatologist if your needs are more than just upkeep and maintenance of healthy skin. If you have a persistent rash or skin irritation or bacterial or fungal infection you will need to see a dermatologist. Estheticians can help rejuvenate your skin and stimulate blood flow to the surface for a nice, healthy glow; however their services are not meant to treat serious dermatologic problems. See a dermatologist if you need to target an underlying issue that affects your health and well-being.
How often should I see a dermatologist?
A visit to your dermatologist should be part of your yearly health care regime. Patients who are avid tanners or receive a lot of sun exposure are especially encouraged to see a dermatologist at least once a year for skin cancer screenings.
Can a dermatologist perform cosmetic procedures or should I go to an esthetician?
For facials and pore extractions, an esthetician’s skills will be suitable for your needs. For cosmetic procedures such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels, a board certified dermatologist who is also a fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is the best option. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank meets these qualifications. He has the proper training and experience required to perform the best cosmetic procedures.
How do I make an appointment with Dr. Frank?
To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Frank, call his New York City office at (212) 327-2919 Monday through Friday.