is a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist (skin specialist) is a qualified
medical specialist who, through additional years
of special training, has obtained qualifications
to specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of skin, nail and hair diseases affecting
persons of all ages. Dermatologists are also trained
to treat patients with diseases affecting the
genitalia and the inside of the mouth. And in
Singapore, dermatologists can also treat sexually
In Singapore, to qualify as
a dermatologist, a doctor needs to obtain a
post-graduate degree in general internal medicine
or paediatrics which may take up to 5 years
before acceptance into a full time dermatology
training programme in a recognised dermatological
institute lasting 3 years. At the end of this
training, the Ministry of Health certifies the
doctor as a dermatologist. Only doctors listed
as dermatologists by the Ministry of Health
are recognised dermatologists.
Having a diploma in dermatology or diploma in
family practice dermatology alone does not qualify
a doctor to be a dermatologist.
are experts in the treatment of skin conditions
such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections,
skin allergy, skin cancers and hair loss. Dermatologists
also treat all kinds of cosmetic problems of
the skin and provide advice on skin health.
Special treatments such as surgery for skin
cancers and pre-cancerous skin conditions, the
use of ultraviolet light therapy, laser therapy,
intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio-frequency
therapy and hair transplantations are also carried
out by dermatologists.