Whether you’re interested in acne treatments, skin cancer surgery or laser skin resurfacing to get rid of wrinkles, you’ll need to work with a qualified dermatologist who has received the advanced training and education for performing skin treatments safely and effectively. Working with a physician who has the skills and experience to perform some of today’s innovative procedures may increase the chances of a favorable outcome and reduce the risk of skin burns, excessive scarring and disfigurement that may be a side effect of certain types of laser procedures.
Why Board Certification is Important
Board-certified dermatologists have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least four years of residency as a dermatologist. When you’re looking for a dermatologist in your area, be sure to find out if they are either board-certified or board-eligible. You can confirm whether the physician has received certification from the American Board of Dermatology by visiting www.abderm.org, or by calling (313) 874-1088.
The dermatologist may also be a member of professional organizations such as the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Academy for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy for Dermatology Surgery, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Look for references to these organizations on the dermatologist’s website or folio page, or ask them directly for a list of affiliations.
Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist at the Consultation
After choosing two to three board-certified dermatologists in your area, you’ll need to set up an in-person consultation so that the physician can take a close look at your skin and answer some critical questions about treatment options, as well as their background and experience. Some of the key questions to ask your dermatologist at the consultation include:
How long have you been in practice? How long have you practiced in this city or State?
Do you have before and after photos available of procedures I am interested in?
What is the success ratio of procedure at your practice?
Do you work with a team of medical estheticians and physicians that can help with the recovery process?
What type of payment plans and patient financing options are available for my procedure?
How many visits will my procedure require?
What are my options if the procedure or treatment fails or does not achieve desired results?
What types of waivers am I required to sign before treatment can begin?
Will you be using any type of anesthesia to perform my procedure?
Can you provide a cost estimate for the procedure and follow up care plan?
Other Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dermatologist
Every cosmetic dermatologist will charge a different set of fees for services and treatments depending on the location of their practice, the amount of experience they have for particular procedures, and the follow up care plan they recommend. You will need to take some time to get a quote from each dermatologist you meet with so you can make the best decision based on your budget requirements.
You may also consider asking for references from satisfied clients if you are still unsure how to proceed, or asking for written testimonials that describe how the procedure was performed, and what the outcomes were.
Learn more about the latest cosmetic dermatology procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to learn about the best treatment options and procedures available.