A consultant dermatologist is the most highly qualified medical professional who will be able to treat you if you have a skin problem.

Consultant dermatologists are all doctors who have graduated from medical school (usually 5 years), after which they will have spent a further 7 to 10 years specialising in skin problems and diseases as well as cosmetic issues.

Some facts about the skin:

  • The skin is the largest organ in the human body and accounts for about 15% of a person’s body weight.
  • The average person has 300 million skin cells which renew themselves every 28 days.
  • The thickest skin is on the feet and is usually 1.4mm thick.
  • There are at least 3000 conditions that are known to affect the skin, hair and nails.
  • Common skin problems in children, teenagers and adults include eczema, acne, psoriasis, excessive sweating and skin cancer.
  • Although many skin problems can be treated successfully, many need to be treated as early as possible and can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life.
  • Skin cancer is an increasing problem in the UK, partly due to the ageing population and partly due to increased exposure to the sun.

All UK-trained consultant dermatologists must pass the rigorous membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) before being accepted after competitive interview on the dermatology specialist training programme.

Dr Joey Lai-Cheong is a Consultant Dermatologist who works in four hospitals in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. Further details here.