to care for patients with various skin, nail and hair disorders including acne, dermatitis, melanoma and psoriasis, among others. Treatments provided by Dr. Deignan may include the prescription of medication, skin biopsy or other dermatological procedures.
Dermatology is the medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hair, skin, and nails. Patients visit dermatologists for a variety of symptoms or conditions, including acne, allergic skin reactions, hair loss, psoriasis or dermatitis, among others. Patients may seek out a dermatologist on their own, or they may be referred to one by their primary care provider.
Dermatologists are trained to recognize, diagnose, and treat more than 3,000 types of hair, skin and nail disorders. They are also trained to perform a variety of treatment procedures, including some surgeries. Dermatologists may perform diagnostic procedures such as skin biopsies, skin scratch tests and allergy tests, among others. Dermatologists are also trained to identify skin cancers, playing a vital role in the early diagnosis of diseases such as melanoma – as with any type of cancer, early recognition and diagnosis is crucial.
After properly identifying and diagnosing patients, dermatologists may provide treatments such as birthmark removal, chemical peels, dermabrasion or microdermabrasions, skin resurfacing and laser hair removal, among many others, depending upon the patient’s condition. Dermatologists may also provide prescription medications when necessary, as well as educating patients with regard to preventive measures that can keep hair, skin, and nails healthy.