How To Find The Perfect Dermatologist

Although there are many types of doctors in the field of medicine, treatments concerning skin and hair will generally fall under the umbrella of a dermatologist. In this post well covers some of the things you need to know before seeing one. Being equipped with these tips will save you time, money and frustration in your search for the perfect dermatologist.

If you have a particular skin condition or specific concerns, it’s very important to make sure that you take all of the necessary steps to find the right dermatologist for you problem. In the case of physicians who treat skin conditions there are generally two types, the first are “general dermatologists” and second are “cosmetic dermatologists” who specialize in specific cosmetic treatments and procedures.

General dermatologist: this type of dermatologist  can treat a wide array of different skin and even hair issues.  If you have a rash, acne, moles or  even issues such as balding,  a general dermatologist may be able to help.

Cosmetic dermatologist:  a cosmetic dermatologist is a physician who’s had additional training, and is proficient in specialized cosmetic treatments such as Botox, chemical peels, laser acne treatments, hair removal, collagen fillers and even liposuction.

Knowing what your particular needs are is the key in selecting either a general dermatologist or one who specials in cosmetic Dermatology.

Consultation and reviews 

If you’re still not certain what type of dermatologist might suit your needs it never hurts to go in for a consultation. It’s usually very easy to schedule an appointment, but keep in mind that dermatologists are generally very busy during the end of the week especially Fridays and Saturdays.  Also be sure to use resources such as Internet reviews such as Yelp to determine whether or not a particular dermatologist will be the right fit for you. Learning about the experience of other patients can give you a wealth of knowledge and save you time, money and discomfort by keeping you from seeing a dermatologist that’s not right for you. Be aware, although some consultations are free, It’s not unusual for some Dermatologist’s to charge a fee for your initial consultation.

Take notes 

Once you’ve read the reviews and scheduled your appointment, be prepared to take notes during your consultation with the doctor.  They may give you a lot of information or recommendations that could be hard to remember.  In most cases its best to let the dermatologist do the majority of the talking, but be sure to ask questions regarding anything you don’t understand.  Tell them what your concerns are, but it might be helpful to ask for an overview and your different options for solving your individual problems.  These notes will come in handy if you seek out other opinions and solutions to your problems from different dermatologists with different approaches or recommendations for addressing your particular issues.

Get the details

Your skin is important, and so is your time and money, so before choosing a dermatologist, make sure that you know how experienced they are.  Your results will tend to be better if you are working with a dermatologist who has specialty training and experience with your specific condition or familiarity with the procedure you want done. Don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions like”, how many times have you done this procedure”, or” how many patients have you treated with this condition”.  Another important question that should be asked is”, have you ever had any complications treating problems similar to mine in the past”.

Communication

Although you may feel uncomfortable asking questions of your doctor, it’s the best way to evaluate if they are a good fit for your skincare goals.  The way the dermatologist responds to your questions can be just as important as the questions themselves. This is because comfort with their communication style will be critical for a successful, long-term doctor patient relationship.  You should feel comfortable discussing any issues, and treatment options, with your physician, and you should always feel at ease when requesting clarifications, or asking questions about your concerns.  Never tolerate a relationship with a dermatologist who makes you feel rushed or who seems irritated when confronted with your questions or concerns.

Affordability

The last and one of the most important things to be aware of when selecting a dermatologist, or deciding on a procedure is cost. Knowing what your insurance covers, and doesn’t cover is critical information before getting any type of treatment. This is the only way to keep avoid incurring unnecessary out of pocket cost. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor to verify all costs associated with a procedure with your insurance company before having a procedure.  Some treatments can be very pricey so it’s essential that you know if your dermatologist participates in your particular insurance plan, and if there will be other expenses like lab costs, or consultations with specialists.  Knowing all of the costs will eliminate any unexpected or expensive surprises.

 

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2 thoughts on “How To Find The Perfect Dermatologist

  1. Jackson says:

    Great post! There are other ways to find a good dermatologist. For example, your primary care doctor may be able to refer you to one. Or, you could log onto the website of the American Academy of Dermatology (www.aad.org). The organization has an online tool that lets you find dermatologists located in your zip code. You can also search the site based on a doctor’s sub-specialties.

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