The Truth About Visiting the Dermatologist
How do you know when you need to go to the dermatologist? What should you expect at your first dermatologist appointment? Washington DC-based board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheri Frey, went live with Dermablend on Instagram to answer all of our questions about getting started with dermatology, what a dermatologist does, and why they are so qualified to help us with our skincare questions. If you missed the live conversation, you can catch it on our IGTV, or you can read up on Dr. Frey’s expert tips here.
What does it take to become a dermatologist?
We all know that doctors go through years of schooling, but what exactly is the process to become a board-certified dermatologist? Dr. Frey explains, “Dermatologists are medical doctors. Nowadays, there are so many people who have some expertise in skin, but it is very important to determine what everyone’s role is. For a dermatologist, medical school is first, and in school you have to decide on some specialty where you spend some additional years training, which is called a residency. For dermatology, you’re required to do one year of general medicine, and then three years of specialized training in dermatology, specializing in hair, skin, and nails.”