Dermatology is a field of medicine focused on the diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the skin, the largest organ of the human body. It also deals with the treatment of conditions related to the hair, nails, mucous membranes, and tissues within the eyelids, mouth, and nose.
Dermatologists are specialist doctors with expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, nails, and hair.
Medical dermatology training in Singapore requires five years of medical school and three years of internal medicine training. A further three years of advanced specialist training are provided at a recognised Singapore dermatology institute. Only doctors certified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as a dermatologist, can be considered one.
Dermatologists, or skin specialists, treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, nails, and hair. Common ones include:
There are several reasons why a patient should consider consulting a dermatologist, including:
Dermatological conditions or skin diseases can be identified by one or more of the following tests:
When selecting a dermatologist, the following factors should be taken into account:
Before visiting a dermatology clinic, patients should prepare a list of questions regarding the procedure. They should also provide an overview of all of their current medications and supplements so that a suitable treatment plan can be determined. If possible, refrain from wearing jewellery, nail polish or makeup while having your skin examined to provide a more precise and in-depth diagnosis.
Meeting with the Dermatologist
A visit to a dermatologist should be a comfortable and pleasant experience, as the doctor will ask many questions regarding the patient’s medical history and the signs, symptoms, possible triggers and behaviour of the skin condition. Communicating effectively with the skin specialist will enable them to fully understand your concerns and come up with an appropriate treatment plan for you.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr Cheong Lai Leng is an experienced dermatologist in Singapore with subspecialties in surgical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. She is an MOH-accredited skin specialist who provides comprehensive dermatology care for a complete range of skin, hair, and nail conditions.
Dr Cheong has lectured at medical conferences and public events, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has held leadership roles within the Dermatological Society of Singapore, where she strived to maintain high standards in the field. For enquiries, call 6836 1480.