In the past few days itself, I lost count how many times I saw “expert” comments by the self-proclaimed skin specialists in popular press as well as renowned websites. In this post, I’m just going to put the clear picture out there.
Dermatologists, a group of skin doctors, have the highest training possible in skin. They usually complete six years in medical school which is followed by several years of training in general medical training and relevant examinations. Only then, they are permitted to apply for one of the most competitive medicine specialties. And, if they successfully manage the years of CV building and rigorous process of selection, then are they granted special training in dermatology. Again, this takes many years and exams to finally come out the other side to gain entry in the UK specialist register.
General Medical Council Register is easy to check. You can find any private dermatologist London doctor’s registration status online through their website. But, I get surprised when I see that when the skin stories are written, no one is actually bothered to check out the credibility of the skin expert. For the UK trained dermatologist, you can check the date of entry in the specialist register. You can find any qualified doctor in this register.
Though it’s simple in theories, skin is a forgiving organ of our body. Mistakes carried out with skin will probably not kill you as the mistakes with your brain or heart. Skin is a lucrative organ tied closely with the outer appearance, beauty and anti ageing. Now, this is where we often go wrong. Skin is resilient to mistakes AND every other skin doctor makes good money. Just to let you know, everyone wants a piece of it and everyone thinks that they’re a dermatologist.
Surely, this can’t be that hard.… All that the dermatologist do is prescribe creams.. Right?
Just doing a weekend course is not that makes a specialist. It is important to understand the skin thoroughly in terms of health and disease. Just as other parts of the human body one needs to know how skin interacts with other organs of the body. Only years of training and experience can give a dermatologist an edge to differentiate between various skin conditions that can often seem similar to each other. And, a dermatologist who has access to each and every skin care drug can help you make the right decisions to treat your skin problem.
So, if you’re looking to get genuine and quality skin care advice, you need a dermatologist. Checking the specialist register is easy. Don’t assume fancy titles and websites online to find the specialist who say they are. Look your skin doctor up in the register and if you can’t find them there, you should ask why. The simple reason may be that they’ve got training abroad OR that they’ve never trained in skin formally.
Just because the knowledge is power, look up for your doctor and beware of those misleading titles that often say very little, stop assuming that everyone who is quoted in the media is actually a specialist.Medical training is not at all sufficient, day-to-day practice and in-depth learning in skin conditions is required to market yourself as an expert.
There are many people who have their moles removed by laser from private clinics without a dermatologist and turning up to NHS cancer clinics. How does a practitioner know that they are not burning off a melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer? Individuals who get the skin treated must learn to stay within their remits and have proper understanding of the potential consequences which can be occurred through this type of mistakes.
The moral of the story is – Before approaching any skin doctor, make sure to check out whether they are enough qualified to treat your skin problems.