What should I expect at my first dermatology appointment?

istock 1187222207 Visiting the dermatologist is similar to visiting your primary care physician’s office. Seeing a dermatologist for a specific skin concern, such as a rash, acne, nail fungus, or hair thinning, is a great way to get a definitive diagnosis of your condition and develop a treatment plan based on your needs. At the Skin and Beauty Center, patients can work with an experienced professional to get the services they need for their unique situation. But what happens when you visit the dermatologist for the first time? What can you expect during your visit? Below are a few of the commonly asked questions from our first-time patients to help put your mind at ease for your upcoming appointment.

What does a dermatologist specialize in?

A dermatologist is a medical professional that has extensive experience in conditions that impact the hair, skin, and nails. They have more in-depth insight into specific conditions that a primary care physician may not have.

When should I call a dermatologist?

Patients often call the Skin and Beauty Center when they have a skin, hair, or nail concern, or they make an appointment because they were referred to our practice from another physician.

What should I bright with me to my appointment?

Patients should bring their medical insurance information, a list of their current medications, and knowledge of their medical and family history as it pertains to their appointment. We encourage patients to show up before their scheduled visit to allow time to complete new patient intake paperwork with our front office team.

How long will my visit last?

The time needed for a dermatology appointment is determined based on the issue the patient is having evaluated. A simple appointment for an acne follow-up will be much shorter than an appointment where a patient is undergoing a laser procedure.

Schedule a dermatology appointment at the Skin and Beauty Center

Whether you are in need of cosmetic, medical, or surgical dermatological care, our team at the Skin and Beauty Center can assist. We have six convenient locations throughout California, and can help new and established patients with their dermatological needs.

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