If you’ve found a handful of dermatologists that you’re considering, take a moment to check out their bios (usually posted on their website). Look for board certification specifically from the American Academy of Dermatology.
By viewing their bios, you can also learn about a dermatologist’s specialty. Some may specialize in fillers or facials, while others specialize in treating skin cancer or acne. Depending on what type of skin issues are most pressing to you as an individual, you’ll want to choose accordingly.
By scheduling a consultation, you can meet your potential dermatologist and get a feel for his or her mannerisms and abilities while also asking lots of questions about a procedure or issue you’re looking into. You may also be able to meet other patients in the waiting room and ask them about their experience with the dermatologist in question.
During your consultation with a prospective dermatologist, focus on listening. The best method is to give a vague reason for your visit and then let them do the talking. Perhaps mention the lines on your face or veins that you wish you didn’t have, but don’t go into detail about the methods you’ve researched on your own. Instead, listen to how the dermatologist would address the issues and their opinion will give you an idea for how aggressive their treatment methods are and what kind of approach they take to treating those issues.
Online reviews and recommendations can be a little misleading for some who are looking for unbiased opinions and not just the most positive reviews that a dermatologist has chosen to present on their site. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors for a recommendation for a good dermatologist in your area, or ask your general practitioner for a recommendation for a dermatologist that they like and trust themselves.
Once you find a dermatologist that works for you, build a strong relationship with them by making regular visits. All aspects of your health are important, and that includes the health of your skin!