Dermatology / Plastic Surgery Clinical Trials
Although much is known about ailments that affect the skin, it is important to continue to conduct dermatology and plastic surgery clinical trials. Skin disorders and diseases not only affect someone physically, but when it alters their appearance there can also be negative emotional consequences. Recovering from skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, shingles, and skin and soft tissue infections can sometimes take a long time. Burn victims can also face a long and painful recovery. Dermatology and plastic surgery clinical trials strive to find better and quicker ways to help people recover.
What is Dermatology / Plastic Surgery?
Dermatology is a field of medicine that deals with skin and diseases. In addition to skin, dermatologists also deal with hair, scalps and nails. Plastic surgery is part of dermatology in that it restores form and function of the skin due to damage. Cosmetic surgery is different in that it is done purely for cosmetic reasons and not to repair anything. Specialties within the field of dermatology include cosmetic, immunodermatology and Moh’s surgery.
Immunodermatology deals with immune mediated diseases such as lupus. Moh’s surgery is a specialized surgery to help treat skin cancer. Common ailments that dermatologists deal with include acne, psoriasis, shingles, and skin and soft tissue infections. Skin grafting is common is plastic surgery, taking the patient’s skin or a donors skin from one part of the body to help repair damaged skin in another part of the body. They might also deal with filler injections, hair removal, laser therapy, cryosurgery, and allergy testing.