Before you book a cosmetic or medical dermatology procedure with a new dermatologist, you’ll want to feel confident in their ability to perform the procedure well and handle any unexpected challenges.
Do Your Research
Start by researching their qualifications and associations they are a member of (if any). Board certification is one of the most important credentials any physician can have. In the case of dermatology, board certification is granted by the American Board of Dermatology after the requirements, including additional training, are met. The board exam demonstrates a physician’s knowledge of medical advances in their specialty. The exam is taken on an ongoing basis to maintain the certification.
Double-check to ensure that board certification is in the specialty for which you seek treatment, such as Dermatology or Mohs surgery. Also, is the dermatologist a member of an accredited association such as the AMA, AAD, ASMS, or ASDS?
Reviews on trusted medical review websites or on Google, Bing or Yelp can be a source of information. Look for positive or negative trends and experiences repeated in multiple reviews.
Once you are comfortable with what you found in your research, schedule a consultation and ask the questions below to learn more about their credentials and the procedure itself.
Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist Before a Procedure
- Have many times have you done this procedure?
- How long have you been performing this procedure?
- What other procedures have you performed similar to this one?
- What are the common side effects?
- What is your recommended after-care for this procedure?
- What is the expected downtime?
- Have you seen anyone who had adverse reactions to this treatment?
- What should I do if I have an adverse reaction?
Things to mention to your Dermatologist
- Any changes to your skincare routine (soaps, creams, hair products, perfumes)
- Prescription medications you are currently taking, or recently quit taking
- Track any triggers you’ve noticed for rash, hives or breakouts (activities, food, alcohol, clothing, furniture)
When meeting a new dermatologist, the most important thing to remember is to advocate for your health.
How to Find a Trusted Dermatologist
As we mentioned above, start by doing your research for qualified, proven dermatologists in your area. At Dermatology Boutique, Dr. Cynthia Golomb is a triple board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience with cosmetic and medical dermatological treatments. You can find her many Google reviews and testimonials to read for yourself.
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