26th June 2020

3 Crucial Tips to Keep in Mind When Looking for a Skin Specialist

Last Modified: July 30, 2022

Dealing with our health is never an easy situation no matter how serious the issue. Choosing a specialist shouldn't be a stressful situation, but it often can be. 

When it's time to find a dermatologist, there are certain tips you need to keep in mind.

Make sure you consider the following advice before you book an appointment. If you do, we'll help you find the perfect skincare specialist for your needs in no time.

1. Communication

Being comfortable and able to ask any question that may arise, no matter how large or small, is one of the most important aspects of choosing a new specialist. 

If you are uncomfortable, that can lead to withheld information which will lead to a misdiagnosis and potential future issues. 

Open communication is a major contributor to feeling comfortable. You should be able to speak freely with your dermatologist and bring up any concerns before treatment.

From the start, you should feel a good sense of support from your skincare specialist. The specialist needs to show a genuine interest in getting to know you, understanding, and welcoming your questions.

You should not just be another appointment to them, or feel like you're being rushed out the door. When looking for a dermatologist, make sure to read customer reviews to get an idea of how they treat patients.

2. Prior Treatments

No matter how specialised the treatment pursued is, the experience is always an important factor. Learning about prior success stories (or potential complications) can put your mind at ease.

These are some of the first questions to ask the doctor in order to have a clear picture of the quality of care you would be receiving:

  • The general process of the treatment (for example dealing with rosacea)
  • What type of complications arise from this/these treatment(s)?
  • Have you encountered a large number of complaints in the past?
  • How many times have you performed this procedure or procedures similar to it?

You will also be able to get an even better idea of the process by doing a bit of your own research. A simple Google search can yield results about your skincare specialist as well as the clinic you plan to use.

3. Costs

Eventually, you do need to consider coverage and costs. It's important to look over what would be considered in-network and what is out-of-network to see what the costs would be in deciding on a good dermatologist.

There are different requirements per insurance companies so it is important to check with your own before making a final decision. Check the status of the specialist because many companies require a primary care referral.

Find a Dermatologist and Stop Stressing About Skin Concerns

If you're dealing with skin concerns and you need to find a dermatologist, use these tips to help.

In the end, proper skincare is another form of taking care of your health. You deserve only the best, so make sure your choice is well-informed and your dermatologist makes you feel comfortable.

If you need help finding a CQC registered dermatologist, reach out to us to book an appointment.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 26th June 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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