Sri Lanka College of Dermatologists

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases,a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases,in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.

Subspecialties includes;

Cosmetic dermatology
Dermatologists have been leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. Many are trained on the use of botox, fillers, and laser surgery.

Pediatric dermatology
This field encompasses the complex diseases of the, neonates hereditary skin diseases or genodermatosis and the many difficulties of working with the paediatric population.

Teledermatology is a form of dermatology where telecommunication technologies are used to exchange medical information via all kinds of media (audio, visual and also data communication, but typically photos of dermatologic conditions)usually made by non-dermatologists for evaluation off-site by dermatologists. This subspecialty deals with options to view skin conditions over a large distance to provide, knowledge exchange to establish second-opinion services for experts or to use this for follow-up of individuals with chronic skin conditions.

Therapies provided by dermatologists include, but not restricted to: 

  • Topical therapies – dermatologists have the best understanding of the numerous products and compounds used topically in medicine.
  • Systemic therapies – including antibiotics, immunomodulators, and novel injectable products
  • Cryosurgery – for the treatment of warts, skin cancers, and other dermatosis.
  • Allergic testing – ‘Patch testing’ for contact dermatitis.
  • Intralesional treatment – with steroid or chemotherapy
  • Vitiligo surgery – Including procedures like suction blister grafting and punch grafting.
  • Cosmetic filler injections
  • Hair removal with laser or other modalities
  • Hair transplantation – a cosmetic procedure practiced by many dermatologists.
  • Laser therapy – for the management of birth marks, skin disorders (like vitiligo), Tattoo removal, and cosmetic resurfacing and rejuvenation.
  • Photodynamic therapy – for the treatment of skin cancers and precancerous growths.
  • Phototherapy – including the use of narrowband UVB, broadband UVB, psoralen and UVB.