Who Is Your Skin Expert & Why Does It Matter?

Written On August 20, 2021

By Monique Kademian MD, FAAD

Dr. Kademian shares candidly her experience in the skin care industry, the importance of understanding the credentials of your skin expert, and the difference that board certification makes for your health and safety with any procedure.

As Our Industry Expands, So Does the Amount of People Who Claim to Be Skin Experts

I have been practicing dermatology for over a decade now—15 years if you include my residency training. What has become apparent to me over the last several years, is the overwhelming skin care industry and the number of individuals who claim to be experts on the skin. 

It can be very overwhelming and confusing for the public to understand the differences between the multitude of physicians in the skin industry and other individuals who claim to be skin experts, many of whom are offering skin related advice and performing medical, surgical, and aesthetic procedures related to the skin. The top notch skin care you deserve should be quarterbacked by a Board Certified Dermatologist, and you owe it to yourself to understand why.

Dermatological Training & Accreditation 

Dermatologists complete an accredited three year dermatology residency after four years of undergraduate, four years of medical school, and a one year internship. Dermatology residencies are extremely competitive and attract some of the best and brightest graduating medical students annually. 

In order to become a board certified dermatologist, dermatology residents must both complete their three year residency in an accredited dermatology residency program and pass a comprehensive, rigorous board exam given by the American Board of Dermatology for allopathic programs—Medical Doctors (MD)—the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology for osteopathic programs—Doctors of Osteopathy (DO).

It is very important that your skin expert has completed one of these training programs and board certifications. Don’t be afraid to ask and research your physician’s education and credentials. It is important that you are seeking a specialist who has the education and certification you deserve.

Education Beyond the Skin & How This Protects Your Overall Health

Dermatology residents devote time to understand the anatomy and physiology of the skin as its own organ and as it relates to the human body as a whole.

  • We learn about over 3,000 skin disorders and what these processes look like both on the patient and under the microscope. 
  • We understand how medications used to treat other medical problems can affect the skin as well as how medications work to improve skin disease on the very smallest cellular levels. 
  • We are taught how to select appropriate and safe medications for individual skin types and problems. 

Of utmost importance, we are trained to recognize skin cancer at its earliest stages, as well as systemic disease processes that may first present in the skin. This truly saves lives. 

While many of us have interest in aesthetic procedures, we are ALL trained to recognize and treat medical concerns in patients of ALL ages, making safety and well rounded skin care and health a priority. 

— We learn about the physics and technology of lasers used to treat a wide range of skin conditions and are taught to understand what makes certain lasers safe for some skin types and conditions and dangerous for others.

— We understand the science behind aesthetic injectables like Botox and fillers, their ingredients and safety profiles, as well as the anatomy of the facial muscles and the specific patient concerns they target. Understanding these nuances minimizes risks for our patients and prepares us for complications should they arise. 

— When we come across rare skin conditions or problems, we are connected to colleagues who can help with the most challenging cases. This network of collegiality among dermatologists can be extremely beneficial for patients.

All biopsies to help with the diagnosis of skin conditions are sent to a board certified dermatopathologist who we closely communicate with and know personally. This is paramount to excellent patient care and prompt diagnosis. 

Our practice and plans are run and always supervised and designed by your board certified dermatologist. Our fantastic aesthetician and medical assistants are top-notch members of our team with significant dermatologic experience and training. 

It is important to understand that while routine visits to facialists and aestheticians can be beneficial to the skin, aestheticians are not trained to diagnose and treat skin disease and skin cancer. When you see an aesthetician within our practice, we stress the importance of routine skin exams for the detection and prevention of skin cancer and make access to our physician easy.

The Vérité Mission

The Vérité mission is to provide personalized, thorough, and experienced aesthetic and medical dermatologic expertise that is accessible and affordable. We will re-establish the true doctor-patient relationship in a doctor-run and doctor-owned boutique practice that offers an uncompromising commitment to care and compassion. 

If you have medical concerns or desire consultation for advice to improve aging skin through skin care regimens and procedures, we are here to help you. We are the Vérité/True one-stop-shop for your skin, and are committed to excellent, safe, and comprehensive dermatologic care.