Is AI going to replace dermatologists? Nope. Not yet.
As of 2022, Artificial Intelligence isn’t smart enough to serve as a substitute for the human brain. Your degree is still very useful.
But you ought to know that you’ll have to upgrade your skillset soon enough. You might find yourself attending workshops or short courses, learning the use and impact of newer tools and tech. And that’s because Artificial Intelligence will make a lot of dermatological skills and practices obsolete soon enough. It will replace a lot of manual processes and tools.
In this post, you’ll find a detailed breakdown of how Artificial Intelligence is slowly and gradually penetrating the dermatological world. You will find answers to:
- How is it helping currently?
- How is it changing dermatology?
Let’s get to the details.
How is AI changing dermatology?
If you use Snapchat, Instagram, your phone’s built-in AI beauty feature, or any other photo app to click pictures, bits of AI are already interacting with your skin. And don’t panic. We don’t mean that literally. We mean that theoretically.
The filters incorporated in these apps are a use case of augmented reality. The camera lens focuses on your face, identifies areas of improvement, and fixes them. In certain apps like Snapchat, the filters are generic, and they give you a look that you’re bound to like (big eyes, resurfaced skin, narrow jaws, and smaller nose).
Now, AI has taken a step further. It can now offer personalized and customized filters. Obviously, this is advanced tech, and it is mainly used by skincare and cosmetic manufacturers. It helps clientele visualize their final look upon using the product.
Similarly, AI is changing the dermatological world in the following ways:
AI can assist in diagnosis:
For a long time, dermatologists that provide online consultations and skin care companies have been using forms and surveys to acquire information about the customer’s skin condition. Since the consumer is not well-versed in the dermatological field, they are unable to provide the right details. And hence, these forms and surveys are relatively ineffective, leading to incorrect diagnoses and inappropriate recommendations.
Artificial Intelligence has helped address this problem by bringing an accurate skin care analysis into the field. AI-based skin analyzers scan the consumer’s face, identify areas, and detect skin problems based on set metrics.
Some of the metrics that AI can assess are:
- Dark spots
- Dark circles
There are a lot more, and it is essential to note that there are different AI tools for skin care analysis. Each of these tools covers certain metrics depending on the maker’s vision.
By doing so, AI is also capable of recommending the required treatments and products. Be it related to skincare or beautification. The technology is most reliable in terms of product recommendations compared to treatment recommendations. For treatments, you’ll need a second opinion from your human dermatologist.
AI can assist in shopping
Artificial Intelligence has also eased the dermatological world in terms of shopping. You need not browse sections of sections in a store to find that one product that you’ve been looking for. Instead, you can make use of AI-powered voice search and easily locate products.
Personalized voice search is another advanced use case of AI in skincare. Imagine this as Alexa. There are tools out there that shortlist the best products for you in their database (as per your skin conditions).
AI is speeding up processes
As given above, AI has brought voice search and easy diagnosis. Owing to these advancements, a lot of processes have sped up. Instead of consulting someone who only wishes to ask whether they’ve purchased the right foundation for their skin texture, dermatologists can give time to more severe cases.
Similarly, consumers need not waste hours in the clinic lobby waiting for their turn just to get one tiny approval or detail of their skin condition. Technical data fed to AI-based tools can easily help with that.
Even in a dermatologist’s clinic, dermatologists are speeding up their sessions using skin care analysis tools. This is similar to the vitals sessions at a hospital. AI-based skin analyzers take only two seconds.
It is helping dermatologists and product manufacturers boost profits while it’s saving time on the consumer end. The accuracy of these tools is the cherry on top. It eliminates human error.
All in all, artificial intelligence has improvised the scope of treatments and diagnoses in the dermatological world quite a lot. It cannot replace dermatologists yet. But soon enough, we’ll see AI assisting derma treatments by fifty percent. There’ll come a day when you won’t have to leave your house for skincare consultation and diagnosis. Until then, we’ll keep you updated with the improvements in the industry.