What does a dermatologist specialise in?
A dermatologist specialises in complex conditions of the skin, hair and nails. They also treat conditions that affect the mucous membranes such as the delicate skin lining of the eyelids, nose and mouth. They provide a range of medical, surgical, procedural and cosmetic treatments.
What will happen at my consultation?
At your consultation, your dermatologist will look at the area of affected skin, hair or nails, and ask you questions regarding your general health and your family history. They may ask how your symptoms are affecting your quality of life such as your ability to sleep, work, mental health and general wellbeing.
It may take a few appointments to diagnose your condition as skin, hair and nail conditions can be complex. In order to diagnose your condition, tests such as skin biopsies or blood tests may be performed and requested.
You will be given a treatment plan which may include oral or topical medications, surgery, narrowband UVB therapy, broad band laser therapy or asked to avoid things which may trigger your allergic reaction.
How should I prepare for my consultation?
A referral from your GP or physician will be required to claim through Medicare. Please bring this with you on the day of your consultation. If you had prior skin biopsies or pathology results, these too will be helpful for your dermatologist when assessing you on the day.
Please remove any make up if you wish to have your face examined.
Your dermatologist will perform a full skin examination if requested, however, please make a note of any areas that have been troublesome for you, and require assessment.