Dermatologists are specially qualified to treat people of all ages for conditions related to your skin, hair, and nails. There’s no denying that finding the right dermatologist for your needs requires time and effort.
At Derrow Dermatology, our skilled specialists are trained to identify and address your concerns, whether they’re aesthetic or medical. Despite the fact that all dermatologists go through years of education and training, they’re not all created equal. These six tips can help you choose the best dermatologist for your unique situation.
1. Referrals, Reviews, & Satisfaction Surveys
Take time to get referrals from family, friends, or your primary care doctor. Ask them about their experience, the facility, and how pleased they were with results. Reading reviews can provide insight into how a dermatologist interacts with patients during the consultation phase, as well as before, during, and after the procedure. Satisfaction surveys can reveal former patients’ views on scheduling, wait times, and friendliness of the staff.
2. Board Certification
Board certification tells you whether a dermatologist has the specific required training and skills for their medical specialty. It can also be used to see if the physician has a history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions. This information can be found on most state websites. Dr. Amy Witt is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology with no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions.
3. Experience & Specialization
Experience with your particular procedure or condition can contribute to better outcomes. Dermatologists can complete additional education and training for specialization. This is extremely valuable when it comes to treating certain conditions.
If you need a specific procedure, ask how many times the dermatologist has performed it as well as the complication rates they have encountered.
4. Research Facility Quality
Considering the facility where your procedure will take place is important for your dermatologic care if you need skin surgery. Patients at top-rated facilities may have fewer complications and better outcomes. At Derrow Dermatology, your procedure is done in our clean, state-of-the-art office.
5. After Hours Care
Following your procedure, you may want to contact your dermatologist. You should be able to reach them outside of office hours, even through on-call or answering services, to handle any emergencies such as allergic reactions. Consider these services when choosing your dermatologist.
6. Know What Your Insurance Covers
Insurance coverage is a practical matter, but it’s also an important factor. In addition to considering experience, credentials, and outcomes, you’ll also want to minimize surprise out-of-pocket bills. Therefore, it’s a good idea to choose a dermatologist who participates in your insurance plan.