Skin Health Forever
Frequently Asked Questions
You might have a few questions for us...
If this is the first time you’ve booked an appointment with a dermatologist, or you’re looking to switch your dermatology clinic, you probably have a few questions. We’ve created this list of the most commonly-asked questions about booking a dermatology appointment. Can’t find the answers you’re looking for? Give us a call.
Do you accept insurance? Are dermatologists covered by insurance?
Yes, we accept insurance. If you're unsure about your level of cover, please get in touch.
What if I don't have insurance?
What does a dermatologist do?
A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing, assessing, and treating conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails.
What types of conditions do dermatologists treat?
How do I find a dermatologist that specializes in black skin?
How often should I see a dermatologist?
You should visit your dermatologist at least once a year for a thorough skin examination to check for any signs of skin cancer or underlying skin conditions.
If you have a chronic skin condition that requires ongoing care, your dermatologist will create a custom treatment and future visiting plan with you.
What does a dermatologist do on the first visit?
At your first appointment, we'll take a look at your symptoms and complete a thorough assessment. We'll run through a few questions (like when your symptoms started and what treatments you're currently using). If needed, we'll send off samples for definitive answers on what's causing your skin concerns. Depending on your skin's needs, we may diagnose the issue in this session and recommend a treatment plan going forward.
What questions should I ask my dermatologist?
Everybody's skin is unique - the questions you ask will revolve around what's troubling you right now. However, here are some ideas of good questions to ask your dermatologist to get you started:
- Is my current skin care routine working?
- Do any of my moles look suspicious?
- Are my supplements/medications affecting my skin?
- What products are a good fit for my skin type?
- What skin care products do you recommend?
What is a physician assistant?
Certified dermatology PAs are not doctors, but they receive an in-depth general medical and surgical education. They are trained and licensed to evaluate, diagnosis and treat a broad variety of skin conditions (medically and surgically). They also perform screening exams, preventive care and education for dermatologic patients and families.
PAs are certified to:
- Take medical histories, diagnose skin conditions, create treatment plans, and prescribe medicine
- Perform skin cancer screening exams
- Order and interpret tests
- Perform biopsies, wide excisions, and cryotherapy
- Perform non-invasive cosmetic procedures
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs is a surgery performed to remove skin cancer. Your surgeon will remove the affected area of skin, check all cancerous cells have been removed via a microscope inspection, and then stitch the affected area back up.
How to know a mole is cancerous.
- getting bigger
- changing shape
- changing color
- bleeding or becoming crusty
- feeling itchy or sore
The only definite way to know if a mole is cancerous is to visit a skin doctor.