What is Medical Dermatology

Dermatology can be separated into different sections, and the type of dermatology that you seek will depend on your specific needs. Cosmetic dermatology consists of treatments that help to make you look younger and more attractive. For example, BOTOX® injections fall into the cosmetic category. Many of the procedures that are used in cosmetic dermatology are designed to reverse the signs of aging.

Medical dermatology focuses on helping patients who have medical conditions that affect the health and/or appearance of the skin, hair and nails. Both types of dermatology offer essential services to patients, but they work differently. However, the end goal for both options is to improve skin health.

The industry for cosmetic dermatology is growing very quickly, and every year, tens of thousands of cosmetic procedures are performed. The downside of the growing number of cosmetic dermatologists is the shortage of medical dermatologists. Some professionals, such as Dr. Melanie Adams, have started devoting time to both fields, which is very beneficial for all patients.

Dr. Adams can diagnose and treat a wide variety of skin conditions. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating skin cancers, and she can also identify certain skin diseases that you might not know you have.

Acne is one of the main reasons why it’s a good idea to see our dermatologist. A lot of people treat this skin problem with OTC medications, but these medications don’t always work, and when you need professional advice, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a trained and trusted dermatologist like Dr. Adams. Without professional treatments, acne can get out of hand and negatively affect your appearance.

If detected and treated early, skin cancer can be managed much more effectively, and you’ll have a much better chance at surviving the condition. It’s a good idea to visit our office for annual skin screenings, and you can monitor changes in the color, size and shape of lesions.

Another irritating skin condition is eczema. This is a very common condition among American adults. Hundreds of thousands of patients also have psoriasis, which is much easier to treat with professional help. To keep your skin healthy, you need to know about any problems that your skin is dealing with, and with expert advice from our experienced dermatologist and her team, you can find out what’s wrong and how to treat it.

If left untreated, chronic skin problems can cause a variety of unwanted side effects. The best way to get help is to seek advice from our team at Adams Dermatology in Columbia. We are proud to offer both medical dermatology services and aesthetic services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office!

Author
Melanie Adams, MD, PA Melanie L. Adams, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist who has been in private, solo practice since September 2005. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Her areas of expertise include skin cancer, dermatology of ethnic skin, general dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology.

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