Whether you’re looking to get rid of adult-onset acne or you’re just curious about the latest anti-aging technology, choosing a dermatologist can sometimes seems as daunting as the skin problems that plaque you. Thankfully, there are ways to simplify your search when shopping around for a dermatologist.
When looking for your ideal dermatologist, follow these five guidelines to differentiate the best from the rest.
Ask for Referrals
Start a referral list of dermatologists by asking, family, friends and other healthcare providers for recommendations. Take the time to call each dermatologist and inquire if they are accepting new patients. In addition, ask the receptionist to schedule a consultation appointment so you can interview the dermatologist.
Not in a Rush
Exceptional dermatologists aren’t looking at the clock; they’re looking at your chart and are focused on your personal history and questions. Your dermatologist should take time to address your concerns, explains the treatment plan, as well as any tests you may have to undergo. If a dermatologist dismisses your thoughts, rushes you through the appointment or is too difficult to schedule follow-up appointments with, it’s time to find a dermatologist who will value you more as a patient.
Report Cards are Important
Any physician with a medical degree can start a dermatology practice, but certified physicians boast additional years or study and have passed additional medical exams. To ensure that your prospective dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, perform a free online search. Keep in mind that many doctors who call themselves dermatologists may be general practitioners or internists.
You should never feel like you’ve been left in the dark. Whether you’re experiencing an allergic reaction post treatment or have concerns about it, there should always be a way for you to get in touch with your dermatologist in the evenings and on weekend. A good dermatologist will have on-call services for after-hour emergencies. Some may enlist the help of answering services, while others have an urgent call only number for you to call.
No Sales Pitches
The dermatologist and his or her staff should never try to aggressively push treatments, products or other types of remedies that aren’t specifically geared towards your specific problems. If you feel as if a dermatologist is trying to sell you something, he or she may be more interested in making money than helping you.
All dermatologists are not created equal. The caring providers at the Dermatology Center of Indiana know that finding a dermatologist you feel comfortable with requires research.
The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Brownsburg, Cicero, Crawfordsville, and Fishers along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome!
Disclaim: This blog provides general information and discussion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.