Educational Consumer Tips
Author: Better Business Bureau
The skin is both a visible and vital organ to the body and it’s important to take care of it properly. If you are having problems with areas of your skin it’s crucial to seek a dermatologist that has experience treating various skin conditions. Use these tips as a guide when choosing a dermatologist for your skin, hair, or nails.
Tips for Choosing a Dermatologist:
Ask Around. Ask friends or family members to recommend a dermatologist. Ask your regular physician or pediatrician to suggest a reputable dermatologist they know and trust. Check out all of the dermatologists you are referred on bbb.org to read reviews or complaints.
Interview Candidates. Find out how long the dermatologists have been practicing. Ask how long the dermatologists have been performing the specific treatment you need. Ask if the dermatologists will accept your insurance and if the treatment you need is covered. If you are uninsured or your treatment is not covered, ask the dermatologist if they can work out a payment plan to keeps costs down. Find out if the dermatologists have an area of expertise. Dermatologists are knowledgeable in many areas such as skin, hair, and nails but if you are seeking certain treatment find a dermatologist that is an expert in that specific area.
Check Credentials. Find out if the dermatologist is board certified. Dermatologists who are board certified are required to pass an exam given by the American Board of Dermatology and participate in additional training.
Is the Dermatologist Accommodating? If the only time you are able to schedule an appointment is after work, make sure the dermatologist has hours during that time. Find out how far in advance you must schedule an appointment or if you need immediate attention how quickly the dermatologist will be able to see you. In case of an emergency you should be able to be seen right away. In the event that your dermatologist is unavailable, ask who will be filling in while they are out.
Trust Your Instincts. You must feel comfortable enough with the dermatologist to ask questions and discuss health issues. Even if a dermatologist is extremely qualified, if you feel uneasy with them you will not be able to have a good patient-physician relationship. In order to provide treatment the dermatologist will ask many personal questions, you must find someone you feel comfortable sharing the information with. Make sure the environment at the dermatologist's office also suits your needs.
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