Finding a good cosmetic dermatologist is extremely important. There is a big difference between a great doctor and a just okay one. A great doctor will consistently get you good results and if you do have a problem or complication will know how to fix it. A not so great doctor will have more complications and may not know how to fix them.
Four questions to ask before going to visit a new dermatology office:
- Is there a doctor on site at all times?
- Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology? Go to www.aad.org
- Has the office been in business for more than 5 years?
- Who does the lasering or injections?
Click here for more detailed information on how to find a good cosmetic dermatologist.
When should you see a dermatologist?
A small outbreak of acne doesn’t always require a trip to the dermatologist, but if you have conditions such as the ones listed below, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist:
See your dermatologist RIGHT AWAY if you have a:
1. Mole that has changed. The main things to look out for are the ABCD’s of Melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer):
- A for Asymmetry, if one half is different than the other half
- B for Border Irregularity, if the edges are notched, uneven or blurred
- C for Color, if the color is uneven or has shades of black, brown or tan
- D for Diameter, if the mole is larger than 6 millimeters (larger than a pencil eraser)
- Other warning signs are redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching, or a scaly appearance
2. Cystic acne that may lead to scarring
3. Rash, skin infection or blister that is painful, itchy, bleeding, hot, swollen, occurs frequently or doesn’t go away
4. A wound that won’t heal
Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist who can help if you have:
- A close relative who has had melanoma or a personal history of skin cancer
- Acne that does not go away despite good home care
- Atopic dermatitis / eczema — chronic itchy skin often associated with a rash
- Rosacea — chronic redness, swelling or skin eruptions
- Psoriasis — thick red skin with flaky scaly patches
- Herpes blisters
- Scars or birthmarks you are uncomfortable with
- Been considering a cosmetic procedure such as Botox, dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra)
- Cosmetic laser treatments for enlarged blood vessels, brown spots and wrinkles
- Excess hair and are considering laser hair removal
- Hair thinning, hair falling out, or small patches of hair loss
- Leg veins that bother you and you would like removed
Click here to see my regional guide to excellent cosmetic dermatologists in the US.
Click here to see my in-depth guide to cosmetic areas.
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