What does a dermatologist do?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Dermatologists treat a wide variety of conditions, including skin cancers, moles, warts, infections, psoriasis, acne, skin rashes, hair loss, and nail changes. Dermatologists are also trained as skin surgeons and can perform excisions of benign and cancerous lesions, biopsies, and laser surgery.

What kind of training do dermatologists go through?

As medical specialists, dermatologists go through an extensive training program. It involves completion of four years of medical school to earn an MD or DO degree, followed by a one year internship and three years of specialty training in dermatology. Dermatologists receive board certification only after completing their training and passing a challenging board certification exam. Continued medical education classes, training modules, and recertification exams are required to maintain board certification. In order to have the utmost quality of care, it is important to look for a board-certified dermatologist to meet your skin care needs.

What should I expect during my first visit?

After examining your records and information that has been supplied to us, your dermatologist will conduct a thorough skin examination, followed by making a diagnosis and discussing your detailed treatment plan. It is very important that you bring a list all medications that you take, including pills, creams, vitamins, including over-the-counter medications. Also bring a list of medications you have tried previously to treat your condition. It also helps to bring products that you have been using on your skin so that we can better tailor your regimen. We encourage you to ask questions, and we will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

What conditions can dermatology treat?

Dermatologists treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, spider and varicose veins, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a board-certified dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, effective treatment. Review our services offered for more detailed information.

How much do dermatologic treatments cost?

As with any medical treatment, costs vary, depending upon the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments may be covered under insurance plans, and we do our best to recommend the most cost-effective treatment regimen. Cosmetic treatments are not covered by insurance.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

If you would like to have a consultation, simply contact us and we will schedule a convenient appointment time for you. We can also check to see whether we can accept your insurance plan. Please note, however, that insurance policies vary and a referral may be necessary for insurance to cover some forms of treatment. If you have questions on what procedures are covered, you should contact your insurance company directly. For those patients whose insurance cannot be accepted, we also offer a flat consultation fee option, as well as a schedule of fees for any services that may need to be rendered.

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Completed new patient paperwork (will expedite your appointment). If you cannot complete ahead of time, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • A concise list of 1-3 concerns that you would like to address with the dermatologist.
  • A list of all medications that are currently used. This may include prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal/homeopathy treatments, and hormonal therapies.
  • A list of products used currently and previously on the skin, particularly those used to address your specific condition. Please don’t forget to include both over-the-counter and prescription medications.