Dermatologists can help you through many stages of your life, whether during puberty when you’re dealing with acne or when you’re older and want to get rid of wrinkles. However, dermatologists don’t just care about how your skin looks, but rather about your skin’s overall health.
What Does a Dermatologist Do?
The proper definition of a dermatologist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats conditions that affect your hair, skin, and nails. These specialists also treat conditions that affect mucous membranes, or the delicate tissue that lines your nose, mouth, and eyelids.
Like we mentioned before, dermatologists aren’t just there to make you look pretty, as the primary reasons for visiting them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are for skin lesions, skin rashes, acne, and skin discoloration.
The CDC estimates that there are 44 million visits to dermatologists every year. Often, there is overlap in the issues that dermatologists treat, as they can be both cosmetic and health issues. Visiting a dermatologist for a skin condition that you don’t like the appearance of can prove to be more than just cosmetic if your doctor finds it’s a sign of an underlying health issue.
Diabetes is a common example as many patients with the disease can experience rashes, infections, and uneven pigmentation in their skin. This is why it’s so important to go to a dermatologist in Miami-Dade whenever you notice anything concerning going on with your skin, hair, or nails.
After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it contains nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, pores, blood vessels, and many other structures. Taking care of your skin is a vital part of taking care of your overall health.
Ultimately, dermatologists can diagnose and treat a multitude of issues, as well as perform certain procedures that other specialists can’t. While general practitioners and internal medicine doctors may be able to diagnose and treat these same conditions, a dermatologist has a deeper understanding and more experience with those matters.
This is why it’s common for your primary care doctors to refer you or their other patients to dermatologists for specialized care when necessary. Most dermatologists perform medical, surgical, and cosmetic procedures in the same office. Medical procedures include diagnoses and treatments for skin, hair, and nail conditions. Surgical procedures include mostly minor procedures, such as removing moles and warts or doing skin biopsies.
More serious and extensive surgeries include removing benign cysts or skin cancer. As for the cosmetic activities, you’ve probably heard of a wide range of them, such as injectable fillers and Botox.
Longwill: Dermatologist in Miami-Dade
Having served the Miami-Dade community in private since 1992, Dr. Deborah Longwill DO, FAOCD, has developed a loyal patient following. Her expanding medical practice is directly related to her holistic clinical approach, which involves first listening to patients’ concerns, then thoroughly diagnosing and explaining their individual treatment options, with both short and long-term personalized treatment plans.
Dr. Deborah Longwill has served the South Florida community for over 25 years. She was born in Los Angeles, California, but grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, before relocating to her current home in Pinecrest, Florida.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University, she obtained her Medical Degree from the Southeastern University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Longwill became Board Certified in Dermatology in 1992, bringing expertise and the latest treatments to her patients. Dr. Longwill supports her community, lending more than just her dermatological expertise.
She commits time to mentoring medical, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and high school students, as well as medical residents. On a personal level, Dr. Longwill is a devoted wife of 33 years, mother of 4, and grandmother of 3.
In her time away from her practice, she enjoys the outdoors, photography, yoga, cooking, and celebrating with friends and family. She spends her time in both Miami-Dade and North Carolina, where she can experience the best of both worlds!
Be sure to check out all the services we have to offer at the Miami Center for Dermatology, including medical, surgical, and cosmetic procedures. We also have an extensive line of skincare products that are dermatologist-recommended and perfect for building the right skincare regimen for you. Book an appointment with us today!