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What Is a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are uniquely trained to address issues with the skin, hair, and nails.

They have advanced experience in handling both medical and cosmetic skin problems, from wrinkles to skin cancer.

I thought dermatologists just helped people with acne...

Dermatologists Treat A Lot More Than You Think

But why do I need a professional with so many over-the-counter products available?

A Dermatologist Can Precisely Diagnose Your Condition and Tailor Treatment

Identify Issues Early

Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Early detection can make a significant difference in your prognosis.

Address Chronic Conditions

Many patients don't realize they are suffering with chronic skin conditions. A dermatologist can identify the cause of dry, itchy, or flaking skin and provide stronger, more targeted treatment options.

Improve Your Appearance

In many cases, you can achieve dramatic aesthetic results after a single appointment to the dermatologist. Skin treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin rejuvenation, can take years off your appearance.

Dermatologic conditions can leave you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious...

Woman's mouth before and after BOTOX injections

How can a dermatologist help me?

Special Training Allows Your Dermatologist to Provide Advanced Treatments

Non-Invasive Treatments

Non-Surgical Options

Surgical Treatments

There are so many options. How do I know what's right for me?

Choosing the Best Option for Your Needs

Type Cost Range Treatment Time Recovery Period Results Retreatment
Non-Invasive $5 to $500 10 min to 1 hour None to 1 day Noticeable Frequent
Non-Surgical $10 to $4,500 10 min to 1 hour 1 to 2 days Noticeable Regularly
Surgical $2,000 to $15,000 1 to 5 hours 2 days to 6 months Dramatic Rare, if ever

Non-Surgical Skin Treatments

Can Provide Dramatic Results

Do dermatologists use any special tools?

As Specialists, Dermatologists Have the Right Tools for the Job

With so many types of treatments available, it is no surprise that there are a wide range of tools used to enhance your skin. From lasers to derma rollers, a trained dermatologist will know the proper tool to use for the treatment you require.

Microdermabrasion, for example, is often performed using a diamond-tipped wand intended to remove the top layer of damaged skin to allow healthy tissue to emerge.

One of the most common tools used for skin treatments are lasers. There are a variety of types of lasers available on the market today, including ablative, fractional, and blue LED. Different types of lasers can address issues with your skin, providing results for everything from wrinkles to acne scars.

"Your skin is constantly protecting you... When you take care of your skin, you're helping your skin do its job. And taking care of your skin today will help prevent future problems, like wrinkles and even skin cancer. Good skin care also has tremendous social and mental benefits."

American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

Find Out If You Need a Referral

Many insurance companies require a referral from your primary physician before they will cover a trip to the dermatologist. It is important to understand the requirements of your insurance provider to avoid an unexpected bill after your appointment.

In most cases, the staff at the dermatologist office can work with your provider to ensure you do not overpay for treatment.

Contact a Dermatologist Today

Keeping your skin healthy can give you more self-confidence and provide lasting results. The best way to learn more about the different types of dermatology treatments available is to check with your insurance and then schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Your skin works hard to keep you safe. Find out more about how you can return the favor today.

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