Ultimate Guide: Finding Your Favorite Dermatologist

Cryotherapy 300x199 Ultimate Guide: Finding Your Favorite Dermatologist PhotoA dermatologist may be a specialist doctor, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t see this physician regularly. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you see a dermatologist at least once a year. Protecting your skin year-round from all types of weather conditions, and understanding any abnormalities that appear, are both key elements to having a healthy, glowing skin. We recently wrote about knowing the ABCDE’s of skin cancer risk, and the importance of monitoring your skin for any unusual lesions or moles. But, how do you go about finding the right dermatologist for you?

Related: Know the ABCDE’s of Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Risk

Here’s our ultimate guide to finding your favorite dermatologist:

Ask friends or family members about their experiences. When considering a visit to the dermatologist, ask friends or loved ones for a dermatologist they really like. Is the staff friendly and professional? Is the dermatologist compassionate, take the time to answer questions, and a good listener? How often do they visit the dermatologist? Does the dermatologist provide clear answers to their questions or concerns about their skin? These are all questions that may be important for you to have answers to before you schedule a visit.

Read reviews from other patients. Just like you would when shopping for a new car, you want to do proper research and rely on the recommendations/expertise of others around you for finding your dermatologist. These are all questions to consider, and reviews from other consumers can help a great deal. Browse Vitals to see how others rate their experiences and find a dermatologist near you.

Research dermatologists and their credentials. Does this dermatologist accept my insurance and is he/she board certified? Will you need to be referred by your primary care physician? You may have important questions about whether the dermatologist accepts your insurance type, what the dermatologist specializes in, and if the dermatologist has any board certifications or affiliations with hospitals. Look for credentials for dermatologists by visiting their profiles on Vitals.com.

Write down a list of any medications you take. Before your visit, be sure to write down a list of any medications and the dosage you’re currently taking. Be prepared to answer questions about your own medical history or family’s medical history. A dermatologist may ask about any previous sunburns or about family history related to skin cancer or melanoma. This will help the dermatologist better understand your overall health. Consult our Skin Cancer care guide for any helpful questions to ask the dermatologist ahead of time.

Additional tips for a smooth visit. It’s recommended that you show up to the appointment without any makeup on so that the dermatologist can properly examine your skin as it looks natural. If you have any concerns about spots on your skin after doing recent self-exams, be sure to bring these up during the appointment.

If you have any further questions ahead of the appointment, consult our Skin Cancer care guide or call the dermatologist’s office so that the staff can run through what the exam entails and schedule an appointment.

Do you have a favorite dermatologist already? Leave a review on Vitals.com and let others know why you like your dermatologist!