What Does FAAD mean?

FAAD stands for "Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology." 

If you are seeing a dermatologist you should look for FAAD after their name, much like you would look for any professional credential like MD or PhD.  This abbreviation is an indicator that your dermatologist has a license to practice medicine, passed an examination administered by the governing board of dermatology, the American Board of Dermatology, and is therefore "board-certified."

To remain board-certified, dermatologists must also repeat an examination administered by the American Board of Dermatology every 10 years to ensure they have remained up-to-date on advances in the field of dermatology.  

With the explosion of medical spas and mid-level providers particularly in the field of dermatology and cosmetics, many patients and consumers do not know who to trust or the difference in their healthcare provider's credentials.  No longer does a long white coat signify MD (medical doctor), instead it has come to represent all healthcare providers and aestheticians in medical and non-medical settings.  Patients and consumers must inquire specifically about their medical provider's credentials to ensure their safety and protect themselves from those without the proper training in dermatology specific diagnosis, treatments and procedures.