Finding The Right Dermatologist

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Finding the right dermatologist for you isn’t that different from finding any other healthcare professional. Some will have a fairly broad area of expertise and be able to treat several basic skin conditions, while others will have a more focused specialization. Some will also be more experienced and more qualified than others, and some through no fault of their own will not be able to form a good personal connection with you. If you’re looking for a good dermatologist, here are some tips that should help you in your search.

Know What to Look For

There are two types of dermatologist out there: general and cosmetic. A general dermatologist will be able to treat acne, rashes, rosacea and other conditions related to your skin’s health. They can also examine your skin for questionable moles and sometimes help with thinning hair. Meanwhile, a cosmetic dermatologist specializes in cosmetic issues such as scarring, fine lines and age spots.

The first thing to do when looking for a dermatologist is to determine if you need a general or a cosmetic dermatologist. A general dermatologist will be able to treat medical conditions that are related to your skin and possibly prescribe anti-aging medications. If you have deep wrinkles, scars or discolorations that are merely cosmetic and do not affect your health, you should see a cosmetic dermatologist.

Check out a Dermatologist’s Website

Most dermatologists have websites that you can check out. A website won’t tell you everything that you need to know about a healthcare professional or a practice, but it’s a great place to start. You can use a website to determine a dermatologist’s specialization or learn more about their history and background, and some will even allow you to schedule a consultation.

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

A recommendation from someone you trust won’t tell you as much about a dermatologist as a consultation can, but it’s still a valuable resource. Ask people you know if they see a dermatologist and if they would recommend them to you. You can (hopefully) trust a friend or family member more than you can trust a random Yelp user.

Speak to your Primary Care Physician

Your primary care physician probably knows more about your own health than anybody else, so they would most definitely be able to point you in the direction of a dermatologist who can help you. A physician is of course also in the know when it comes to other healthcare professionals, so you can be reasonably sure that you will receive some good advice.

Meet with the Dermatologist

A face-to-face meeting will tell you more about a dermatologist than any online review or recommendation, so a consultation should definitely be a part of your search for a skincare specialist.

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