What is a Dermatologist
A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the physiology and pathology of the skin, which also includes hair nails, and mucous membranes (such as the lining inside the mouth, nose and eyelids).
All board certified dermatologists receive training in medical dermatology, which involves diagnosing, treating and preventing disease that affects the skin, hair and nails. They are also trained in dermatopathology, which is diagnosing diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails by removing a sample, also called a biopsy, and examining it under a microscope. All dermatologists are also trained in surgical dermatology, which is a form of treating diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails by using a surgical procedure. Dr. Rokhsar’s specialty is cosmetic surgery, which is treating skin, hair or nails in order to improve a patient’s appearance or to alleviate discomfort.
Dermatologists such as Dr. Rokhsar diagnose and treat more than 3,000 diseases including skin cancer, eczema, acne, and psoriasis. In order to become a dermatologist, a person must successfully earn a bachelor’s degree, attend medical school to become a board certified medical doctor, complete at least one year of interning, and then a dermatology residency program that lasts at least three years. In addition to all his required training, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar excelled as Chief Resident and went on to receive fellowship training in cosmetic, laser and dermatologist surgery in San Diego, California. Fellowship trained doctors are those that continue their medical studies after completing their residency, specializing and advancing their education and expertise. This addition extensive training gave Dr. Rokhsar specialization in the cosmetic field in which he became an internationally renowned laser surgeon and professor of dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Cosmetic dermatologists receive specialized training in order to develop skills such as Mohs surgery (specialized treatment for skin cancer), reconstruction surgery to treat surgery scars, injection of fillers or Botox, sclerotherapy (vein treatments), chemical peels, hair transplantation, tumescent liposuction (small fat removal while patient is under local anesthesia), and laser surgery.