A board certified dermatologist is a doctor who has successfully completed a credited residency in dermatology in the US and has cleared the board certification examination.
The American Board of Dermatology certifies these doctors to practice dermatology.
A board certified dermatologist would have received many years of training to determine health conditions that are manifesting through the hair, skin, and nails.
They also treat conditions such as rosacea, acne, or psoriasis as well as determine whether a mole is cancerous.
On the cosmetic side, board certified dermatologists are specialists in fillers, Botox, laser and such other non-surgical aesthetic dermatology procedures.
Working with a non-certified ‘expert’ could cause permanent scars from wrong laser settings, and complications from dermal fillers, such as skin necrosis. In even more serious cases, a so-called expert can undertake mistreatment that may worsen a skin condition.
Suncoast Skin Solutions, led by board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, provides cutting-edge skin care treatments to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and surrounding locations.
Different from Other Dermatologists
A board-eligible dermatologist is a doctor who has successfully undertaken a credited residency in dermatology but has not taken or cleared the board certification examination. There are doctors who are neither but may pass themselves off as being dermatologists.
Ideally, all dermatologists should have undertaken a three-year residency which is approved by the American Osteopathic Association in Dermatology, or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Board certified dermatologists practice medicine after four years of scientific training and qualification in a dermatology residency. They must also continue to show competence in dermatology, unlike other practitioners who associate themselves to skin.
Specialized Training and Expertise
Other factors include that the doctor must also complete specific requirements during the residency, such as more than 100 surgical excisions and closures, management of systemic drugs, and dozens of laser procedures to graduate from the residency program.
In addition, after graduation, the dermatologist must maintain the certification by attending tens of hours of courses to attain ongoing medical education credit annually, certification examination every ten years, and engage in quality improvement programs.
Some board certified dermatologists also undertake another one or two years of post-residency training in Mohs surgery (a surgical technique used in the treatment of skin cancer, pathology, cosmetic dermatology, and pediatric dermatology.
Why Choose a Board Certified Dermatologist
The patient should always consult a board certified dermatologist on initial assessment to ensure that they are a suitable candidate and to set up an appropriate treatment plan.
Patients should consult a board certified dermatologist for a detailed evaluation of the skin, hair, and nails as many dermatological issues are associated with health conditions that are manifesting through the skin.
In general, board certified dermatologists receive three years of rigorous clinical training, learning every facet of the anatomy and function of the skin.
A residency program includes training in surgical dermatology, medical dermatology, pathology of the skin, cosmetic dermatology, basic science dermatology, and pediatric dermatology.
A non-certified dermatologist in another area, such as internal medicine, might have undergone a three-month rotation in dermatology to understand some of the more common skin issues. However, these rotations do not offer robust training in procedural, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Ewanowski’s dermatology practice and medical spa receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas for safe and proven skin care procedures.
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