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Dermatology Guide

Treatment & Services

Dermatologists treat disorders of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. There are many reasons why someone will seek care from a dermatologist, such as a skin tag, troublesome mole, or a chronic rash that just won’t go away. Dermatologists can also diagnose and treat conditions like eczema, rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Additionally, they can check patients for skin cancer by performing biopsies on questionable patches of skin.

However, some patients go to the dermatologist purely for aesthetic reasons. Dermatologists can provide cosmetic services like dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels, and laser surgery to remove wrinkles, scars, and unwanted hair. They can also perform certain kinds of facelifts and blepharoplasty to eliminate sagging eyelids.

Dermatologists often provide new patients with a full skin examination to check for problems and get an idea of the patient’s condition. During this exam, they’ll look for issues and then decide what the next course of action should be.

Insurance & Cost

A dermatologist is a specialist doctor, meaning they provide a specific sort of care. If you have insurance, you’ll probably need to pay a specialist co-pay when you visit a dermatologist. Usually, this co-pay ranges from $10 to $60. In some cases, you may even need a referral from your primary care doctor or insurance can refuse to pay for your services.

If the dermatologist performs any additional testing at your exam, this isn’t covered by the co-pay and will be billed separately to your insurance. Your insurance may have negotiated fees they’ll charge you, but otherwise, except to be handed 10% to 20% of the bill, depending on your co-pay.

If you don’t have insurance, a standard dermatologist visit can cost $100 to $200. You’ll also need to pay for any prescriptions or procedures, although some dermatologists have a sliding fee scale to help.

References:
www.careerexplorer.com
www.firstderm.com

Appointments

In many areas, dermatologists are in high demand because of all the age-reversing cosmetic services they provide. Therefore, it can be tricky to book an appointment on your own. In fact, you’ll probably have to make an appointment a couple of months in advance. To counteract this long wait time, use Solv. Solv helps you book same-day appointments with the top dermatologists in your area, all through an easy-to-use online system.

When you go to the appointment, it shouldn’t take up too much of your day. A standard skin exam usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, and even if you need additional testing, your appointment shouldn’t exceed an hour. Unless you have a skin condition that requires follow-up, many dermatologists recommend patients return for a check every one to two years.

Typically, dermatologists have standard business hours, though many have started staying open later or on the weekends to accommodate the demand for their services.

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