What makes Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery different?
We are the only comprehensive Dermatology and DermaSurgery practice in the entire Bow Valley, providing state-of-the-art professional skin specialist services to patients from Golden and interior British Columbia to the west to Calgary and central Alberta to the east.
We realize the vital importance of patient and public education, and we strive to promote skin disease prevention in addition to correction, whenever possible. This is particularly important with respect to skin cancer prevention that is a significant risk in the Bow Valley.
We work hard to provide the patient with not only information about the diagnosis of their skin condition, but equally important, to provide the patient with quality, unbiased information about the treatment alternatives that exist. It is only with this information that patients can make informed decisions about their skin care.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we recognize that your time is important. Consequently, we have adopted a low volume patient model for our practice, which allows us to spend a longer, quality amount of time with each patient.
We understand that patients have a choices regarding whom they see for treatment of their skin conditions. We appreciate our patient’s business and their confidence that we can take care of all their skincare needs, whether they are medical, surgical or cosmetic.
Your satisfaction, comfort and privacy are our highest priorities. We look forward to serving you soon for all your health care requirements.
Why is it important to see a dermatologist for your skin needs?
A dermatologist is the foremost medical specialist able to provide accurate and safe diagnosis and the most advanced treatment options for all diseases and problems of the skin, and is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problems or concerns with your skin.
What is a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a Medical Doctor who has completed at least five years of additional medical training after medical school to become a Medical Specialist in the field of Dermatology. An accredited dermatologist combines the important and critical balance of clinical skills, technical skills, and knowledge to provide the best treatment possible regarding skin conditions to their patients.
After medical school, every dermatologist-in-training receives five years of advanced core dermatology training necessary to gain the appropriate expertise to become a medical specialist in dermatology focused in the following areas:
- Knowledge of the skin including its appendages (nails, hair, glands), and mucous membranes that are both normal and diseased
- Making comprehensive scientifically-based diagnosis and treatment plans for skin disorders and diseases, including systemic and infectious disease states with manifestations on the skin
- Diagnosis, research methods, data presentation, and analysis considering gender, cultural, and ethnic influences
- Counseling patients on prevention of skin diseases, identifying risk factors, genetic causes, and environmental concerns
- Maintaining a professional attitude in all aspects of patient care
- Reviewing and critically assessing the current dermatology literature necessary in order to enhance the diagnosis, investigation, and management of skin disorders and diseases
What specific training does a dermatologist have?
Your dermatologist has advanced knowledge and competence in:
- Performing dermatologic surgery, including anesthesia, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, nail surgery, biopsy, and excisional surgery
- Laser surgery
- Procedures in allergy and immunology
- Clinical pathology
- Topical and systemic pharmacotherapy
- Cosmetic surgery (core theory and procedural skills are introduced in residency training. Additional training in most cosmetic procedures is required after residency to gain additional experience and clinical acumen).
With this knowledge and training, dermatologists are singularly qualified to diagnose and treat the wide variety of dermatologic illnesses and conditions. Dermatologists also have expertise in the care of normal skin and in the prevention of skin diseases and skin cancers.
What is FRCPC?
In recognition of becoming a medical specialist from the advanced training received after completing medical school, Dermatologists in Canada are certified with the designation of Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).
The Royal College provides the following functions:
- Prescribes the requirements for specialty education in 60 areas of medical, surgical and laboratory medicine
- Accredits specialty residency programs
- Assesses the acceptability of residents’ education
- Conducts certifying examinations
- Assures a high standard of specialist care through its Maintenance of Certification Program
- Promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct among its members
The FRCPC designation means you can be assured that your dermatologist has received the training necessary to properly diagnose and treat your skin, hair, or nail disease or condition.