There are many reasons to visit a dermatologist. You may need help getting rid of acne scars or you are interested in learning more about anti-aging treatments. At Denver Dermatology, our professionals will be happy to help you. Choosing the right dermatologist is an important decision. It is also a very personal one. You want to know the dermatologist you choose is the right doctor for you.
Dermatologists treat all types of skin problems. General dermatologists treat acne, skin rashes, and rosacea. They will also perform skin exams to check for signs of skin cancer and can even help with issues such as thinning hair. A general dermatologist can also prescribe anti-aging medications such as hydroquinone or Retin-A for brown spots and wrinkles.
A cosmetic dermatologist usually specializes in anti-aging treatments. They can perform injections, peels, and laser treatments.
Most dermatologists will list their biographies and credentials on the practice website. The doctor should be board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. Reading the website is also a good way to see if the doctor is a general or a cosmetic dermatologist.
Schedule a consult. Try and make your appointment for early in the week. This is usually the busiest time in a doctor’s office. Take advantage of your wait by asking questions of your fellow patients. Ask about their experience and treatments. It is actually a positive sign if you have to wait several weeks for an appointment. This means the doctor is popular. You will most likely have to pay for your consultation, but many doctors apply that fee toward the cost of a procedure.
Listen closely to what the doctor is saying. While you probably have questions and you should ask them, also sit back and listen. It is good to hear what the doctor has to say about how they practice and their various specialties. You can mention any concerns you have such as wrinkles or acne, but then listen to how the doctor responds.
While you’re in your appointment, you should never feel rushed. The doctor shouldn’t be looking at the clock. They should be paying attention to you and addressing your concerns. They should take all the time necessary to completely understand your goals. They should clearly explain all treatment options and ensure you understand any tests you may need.
It is important that you also ask good questions. Ask how often the doctor performs procedures they are recommending. Does the doctor actually perform the procedures or do they just supervise?
Finding the right dermatologist is important. The doctors at Denver Dermatology will be happy to discuss your situation at any time.