Improve the health of your skin, hair, and nails with general dermatology at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.
What is General Dermatology?
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we have a world-class team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed providers that specialize in a wide range of dermatology services, including general dermatology services.
General dermatology is a branch of dermatology medicine that focuses on identifying, diagnosing, managing, and treating a broad spectrum of common and complex skin, hair, and nail conditions. Additionally, many general dermatologists also diagnose and treat conditions affecting the mucous membranes, which line areas of the nose, mouth, and eyes.
If you have an issue with your skin, hair, nails, or mucous membranes, the ideal person to visit for a proactive examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan is a board-certified general dermatologist.
At our state-of-the-art practice, our general dermatologists in Westerville have years of experience and provide compassionate, comprehensive care to patients of all ages. Contact us today if you need to schedule a dermatology appointment.
General Dermatology FAQs
General dermatology encompasses a wide range of conditions, treatments, and more. If you have questions about dermatology or your dermatology visit, browse our FAQs section below. Our knowledgeable providers explain what a dermatologist does, the type of skin conditions we treat, when you should visit a dermatologist, and what you can expect during your first dermatology visit.
Dermatologists specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, managing, and treating skin, hair, and nail conditions and diseases for individuals of all ages.
On average, a highly-trained and experienced dermatologist can identify over 3,000 skin conditions and diseases. These include common conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and skin cancers, as well as more uncommon ones, such as vitiligo, bullous pemphigoid, and pyoderma gangrenosum.
Furthermore, our experienced dermatologists are also skilled at helping patients address cosmetic concerns by smoothing out wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and discoloration, and improving signs of aging through effective cosmetic treatments.
A dermatologist is a certified and licensed physician (otherwise known as a doctor). To become a dermatologist, an individual must go through around twelve years of schooling and extensive training. This generally includes four years earning a bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, one year doing an internship, and a minimum of three years in residency.
In some cases, they will even undergo additional training to become specialized in a particular dermatology field, such as Mohs surgery.
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists treat a wide range of skin, hair, and nail conditions. This includes, but is not limited to:
This depends on the type of skin condition. In many cases, our experienced providers can identify a skin condition simply by looking at it.
In other cases, they may use a specialized, handheld magnification tool called a dermatoscope to get a better look or they may recommend a biopsy.
A biopsy involves taking a small sample of the affected area and sending it to our pathology lab for microscopic examination. Often, biopsies are used to diagnose more serious skin conditions, such as skin cancer.
In many cases, yes, a dermatologist can help improve and treat hair loss. At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our team specializes in helping patients determine what type of hair loss they have and how to best address it through personalized hair loss treatment options. For more information on our hair loss treatments, click here.
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our team provides outstanding cosmetic, surgical, and general dermatology services in Westerville, Ohio.
At our licensed dermatology practice in Westerville, our highly-experienced team offers a broad spectrum of cosmetic treatments to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals. These include:
Generally, you should visit your dermatologist on an annual basis and, in some cases, every few months, depending on your individual circumstances. This includes visiting your dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening, which is part of your preventive care.
Otherwise, anytime you have an issue with your skin, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for a professional consultation and evaluation.
For instance, if you notice a new rash that has not gone away after a couple weeks or if your eczema flare-up is more severe than usual, you should consult with a dermatologist for specialized treatment.
At your initial visit, you can expect a full body examination, as well as a deep dive into your medical history and current health standing.
Similar to visiting a general practitioner or other physician, you will be asked about your medical history, medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and health problems. Next, your dermatologist will ask you to disrobe and put on a cloth or paper gown.
Then, he or she will perform a full body examination to check for skin problems, suspicious moles, and other signs of skin cancer. Once your dermatologist has completed the skin exam, they may prescribe you medication to address a specific skin problem, such as acne or a rash.
After your initial visit, it is important to schedule follow-up appointments with your dermatologist. This is a key part of treatment, as well as preventive care.
This depends on the nature of your dermatology visit. Skin cancer screenings, for instance, are an important part of preventive care, as they reduce your risk of developing life-threatening skin cancers.
In most cases, yes. However, this depends on your specific health insurance coverage and the medical necessity of your treatment.
For example, most health insurance companies will cover preventive and medically necessary treatments, such as skin cancer screenings and removal. On the other hand, they generally do not cover cosmetic treatments, like fillers and Botox, as these are completely elective.
Before you schedule a dermatology appointment, we recommend that you consult with your insurance provider to better understand the type of dermatology treatments covered under your individual healthcare plan.
General Dermatology Photos
From eczema and psoriasis to acne, hair loss, and more, our board-certified dermatologists treat a wide range of skin, hair, and nail conditions. Browse our general dermatology photo gallery below to get a better idea of what common and uncommon conditions we can treat to improve your skin, hair, and nails.
Find General Dermatology Services in Westerville, Ohio
Whether you are struggling with eczema, psoriasis acne, or another troublesome condition, our team of specialists can help. At our state-of-the-art dermatology clinic in Westerville, Ohio, our board-certified general dermatologists and licensed physicians are highly trained and experienced in identifying, diagnosing, treating, and managing a broad spectrum of skin, hair, and nail conditions and diseases. For all your general dermatology needs, trust the team at the Center for Surgical Dermatology. Schedule a consultation today.