In Ask a Dermatologist, Cosmetic, Medical Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Skin Care

When it comes to healthcare, people want to receive the best treatment from the best doctors. This is especially true for those with an uncomfortable, unattractive or life-threatening skin condition. Don’t cut corners with your health – choose a board-certified dermatologist.

Dermatologists treat conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. It takes years of medical school and training to become a dermatologist. Physicians who obtain board certification, in addition to their licensure, show a high level of commitment to their patients and profession. 

Selecting a board-certified dermatologist means you will receive high-quality care from a highly-trained medical doctor. 

Your skin reveals insights into your overall health

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it reveals a lot about your health

A board-certified dermatologist can examine your skin and learn about your lifestyle habits. The amount of time you spend outdoors, getting enough sleep and eating healthfully all factor into how your skin appears to a trained eye. Skin health can also reveal deeper underlying conditions like high cholesterol, possible ulcers or the likelihood of developing more serious diseases.   

To the untrained eye, skin conditions may look like surface issues. The expertise, extensive training and experience of board-credentialed dermatologists make them the right choice for achieving the best health outcomes. 

What is a board-certified dermatologist?

Doctors in the U.S. need a license to practice medicine, but they don’t have to get board certification. 

To become a board-certified dermatologist, one must attend college and earn a bachelor’s degree, then attend medical school and graduate. Following medical school, a one-year internship and three-year hands-on residency training occur under the supervision of a fully-trained doctor. Board certification exams may be taken after about 12 years of training. 

Board certification is a high honor for physicians. The American Board of Dermatology says that certification “… affirms that a dermatologist has met high standards of knowledge, experience, and lifelong learning that are essential for providing all patients with excellent care.”

To become a board-certified dermatologist, a physician must complete their internship and residency program and pass certification exams. These exams test their dermatology knowledge and how they apply it to treat patients. After passing the exams, they must stay updated on the latest dermatology research and advancements. This can be done by participating in ongoing education and assessments.

With well over a decade of training and experience, physicians who choose to become board-certified earn credibility and respect from their peers and patients. 

Advantages of seeing a fully credentialed dermatologist?

Board-certified dermatologists are skin care specialists. Certification validates the advanced knowledge, training and skills in the field of dermatology of these specially-trained physicians. 

Board-certified dermatologists have:

  • Extensive education in the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the skin and treatments – at least a dozen years!
  • Earned expertise through years of training and patient care
  • A commitment to life-long learning, which ensures you receive treatment based on the latest medical and cosmetic dermatological advancements
  • The ability to correctly diagnose and effectively treat all skin conditions – from simple to complex
  • Insight to individually tailor treatments to fit patients’ individual needs 
  • A commitment to safety and excellent patient care

The board-certified dermatologists at Columbia Skin Clinic stay actively engaged in our local medical community to benefit our patients. Several serve on the clinical staff of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina and conduct ongoing research to ensure our practice remains at the forefront of dermatological care in the Midlands.

What conditions do board-certified dermatologists treat?

Dermatologists with board certification treat both cosmetic and clinical skin conditions.

Skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment is a crucial service our physicians provide. With their training and experience, they adeptly diagnose and treat skin cancer. Many types of skin cancer are highly curable when found and treated early. 

Columbia Skin Clinic’s dermatologists serve our patients with skin cancer screenings and state-of-the-art treatment if issues arise. We take skin cancer seriously and treat it promptly with different treatment options – from topical treatments to excision and Mohs surgery.

Our dermatologists have seen and effectively treated many skin issues. We have a cutting-edge dermatopathology lab for diagnosis. We also offer minimally invasive dermatology surgery for conditions that require surgical interventions. 

Some of the clinical conditions our dermatologists regularly treat include:

  • Acne
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dry skin
  • Eczema
  • Fungal infections
  • Hair loss
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Ichthyosis
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Scars
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Warts 

Cosmetic dermatology services provided by the board-certified dermatologists at Columbia Skin Clinic focus on helping patients look and feel their best. As the most experienced dermatology clinic in the Midlands, we specialize in the latest facial and body rejuvenation services. 

Some of the cosmetic services our dermatologists provide include:

  • Aesthetic services
  • Skin rejuvenation, including microneedling, microdermabrasion and chemical peels
  • Injections treating and improving
  • Signs of aging or excessive sweating with neurotoxins
  • Skin contouring, volume loss and smoothness with dermal fillers
  • Skin quality and natural collagen-boosting
  • Double chin reduction
  • Spider or varicose veins
  • Hair loss
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) to improve pigmentation, remove hair and improve fine lines and scarring
  • Body contouring
  • Hair removal with lasers or electrolysis

Choose the board-certified dermatologists at Columbia Skin Clinic for your skincare

Columbia Skin Clinic is the largest, most experienced dermatology group in the area. Our board-certified dermatologists have a reputation for treating many skin conditions with excellent care. 

The personalized care we provide has received thousands of positive patient reviews. Year after year, we have been voted the best dermatology group in the region. Make an appointment today at one of our convenient locations in the Midlands.

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