What to Look For In a Dermatologist

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What to Look For In a Dermatologist


Finding a good dermatologist needs a lot of research and contemplation, but in the end it is all worth it as you cannot take risk of putting your face in inexperienced hands. Here are some tips to making this strenuous task, of finding a good dermatologist, a little easier for you.

Know the types:

There are two types of dermatologists – general and cosmetic – and choosing the right type of dermatologist is crucial to addressing your condition. The former treats common skin problems like rashes, allergies, acne and numerous other such common issues. A cosmetic dermatologist, on the other hand, specializes in treating cosmetic issues such as aging signs and symptoms, skin discoloration, pigmentation problem, dark circles, fines lines and wrinkles etc. If you have a skin problem like rash or itching or allergy, simply consult a general dermatologist. However, if you are seeking a cosmetic procedure for enhancing your appearance and not to treat some skin condition, go consult a cosmetic dermatologist.

Make a list of good dermatologists in your city:

Once you have decided the type of dermatologist you want to consult, next step is to make a list of leading dermatologists in the city. Your list should primarily include referrals coming from your friends and family. You can also use internet to search some big names in the field of cosmetic dermatology in your city. You can also seek help from weekly health magazines in this regard. However, make sure you prioritize your list keeping the doctors coming from referrals at the top.

Check their bios:

Like other doctors, dermatologists also maintain their own websites. Check if the doctors on your list also have their website pages or not. Their website should contain information regarding their certification, their expertise, their experience in the field and above all testimonials of their patients. Your doctor’s website is also a good place to find out the areas of cosmetic dermatology in which he or she specializes. For example, if you are seeking services of a dermatologist for Botox treatment, find out which doctor on the list specializes in Botox treatment and since how long he or she has been offering this treatment.

Consult your prospective dermatologists:

Based on the information that you will obtain from professional websites of the doctors, revise your list, excluding the dermatologists who are not offering your required treatment. Now schedule appointments with the remaining doctors on the list, making sure you get an appointment for a Monday or Tuesday as these are usually the busiest days for doctors. This will give you a chance to have a small chit chat session with your fellow patients and know their experiences. Also take with you a list of questions to ask your prospective dermatologist. Some sample questions that you can ask your doctor are listed below:

  • Are you a Board Certified Dermatologist?
  • How long have you been in business in this location?
  • Do you advertise on TV, radio, or print?
  • How many patients have you treated successfully over the last six months?
  • Can you give me references of the patients you have treated in the past?
  • Who will perform my procedure? The doctor or a laser technician or some nurse practitioner?
  • Does your practitioner have any medical education? What is his or her degree or certification?

Before and after pictures:

The best way to judge the expertise of a cosmetic dermatologist is to see before and after pictures of the patients he or she has treated recently. Look at the pictures and ask yourself is there any notable difference in the patient’s appearance before and after the procedure.

If you are seeking service of a good dermatologist Dubai, you can safely trust expertise of our dermatologists. Here at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, we have a team of highly skilled, board-certified dermatologists with several years of experience in cosmetic dermatology. We also offer free online consultations for our prospective clients. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure or have any questions, simply contact us now by filling our consultation form below and get expert advice.

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