FAQ

  

  1. What kind of training do dermatologists go through?
  2. What should I expect during my first visit?
  3. What can I do to improve the look of my skin?
  4. What conditions can dermatology treat?
  5. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?
  6. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?
  7. What sunscreen should I use?
  8. Which moisturizer(s) should I use?

1. What kind of training do dermatologists go through?

As medical specialists, dermatologists go through an extensive training program that involves several years of additional study on top of the education, training and residency required by medical doctors. Dermatologists receive advanced education and training in treatment of skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes, which allows them to effectively treat many skin-related conditions.

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2. What should I expect during my first visit?

Depending on your condition, your initial visit with us could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. After examining the records and information that have been supplied to us, our providers will perform a problem focused or possibly a skin examination, followed by a diagnosis and detailed treatment plan. We encourage you to ask questions, and we will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

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3. What can I do to improve the look of my skin?

The most effective treatment for skin, much like anything else, is prevention. It is important to have a balanced, nutritious diet; to get plenty of exercise; and most importantly, to avoid overexposure to the sun. Sun exposure is responsible for the majority of medical and cosmetic skin conditions, so always be sure to protect yourself by using large-brimmed hats and high-SPF sunscreens when in sunlight.

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4. What conditions can dermatology treat?

Dermatology can treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, stretch marks, spider and varicose veins, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, effective treatment.

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5. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?

As with any medical treatment, costs vary, depending upon the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments may be covered under insurance plans.

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6. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

Potentially yes.  To verify this, please make sure to look at your insurance card or insurance policy or contact your insurance directly prior to making an appointment.  Different insurance policies vary, so a referral is not always necessary but very important to check. If you would like to schedule a new patient visit, simply call us (860-859-2262) and we will schedule a convenient appointment time for you. We are currently booking new patients 8-12 weeks out.  If you have questions on what is covered, you should contact your insurance company directly.

7. What sunscreen should I use?

Any sunscreen is better than going without, but some types of sunscreen may protect you better or be more suited to your needs than others. Finding the right sunscreen is partly finding one with the right consistency for your skin type. Those will oily or acne-prone skin may want to go with a less greasy sunscreen, for example. Also, anyone planning to go into deep water or to sweat may want a water-proof or water-resistant formula. But more importantly, it is crucial to get a sunscreen with a high SPF factor to help shield you from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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8. Which moisturizers/lotions should I use?

Retaining moisture is an important aspect of skin care, and can not only help your skin feel soft, but also help it maintain health and vitality. Choosing a moisturizer involves knowing your skin type and specific needs. If you have dry skin, for example, you may want a heavier, oil or petroleum-based moisturizer, and if you have oily, acne-prone skin, look for moisturizers that are water-based, oil-free and labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. People with sensitive skin should get hypo-allergenic, perfume-free formulations. And moisturizers with SPF protection are also an excellent choice if you plan to be out in the sun.

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