When you have issues with your skin, hair or nails, you will likely consult a dermatologist. With so many doctors to choose from, however, how do you know which is the best fit for your particular situation? How competent is the dermatologist? Are they genuinely concerned about your health? What were the experiences of other patients?
There are many factors to consider when looking for a dermatologist. Today, we’ll help you narrow down your search, so you can make a confident choice.
While all physicians have years of schooling under their belt, not all dermatologists are equally qualified. It takes a dedicated and passionate individual to go the extra mile, and that is exactly what board-certified doctors do.
Board-certified dermatologists subject themselves to additional years of in-depth training to achieve the highest level of expertise. Some also complete a fellowship program, which results in them becoming experts in a specialized area such as dermatology.
A board-certified dermatologist not only meets but exceeds the requirements to practice in the field of dermatology. Knowing that a physician is committed to education and field-specific training should provide you with a peace of mind and the confidence in receiving expert care.
Perhaps the quickest way to get a sense of whether a dermatologist is adequately qualified is by reading the reviews of former patients. People tend to like sharing their experiences, especially if they were exceptionally pleasant or dreadful.
If physicians have overwhelmingly positive reviews, it is safe to assume that they are reputable and likely a good fit for you as well. Vice versa, if the majority of the reviews are poor, then it is probably a good idea to look for care elsewhere.
Most people aren’t particularly excited about having to see a doctor, so it’s important that you feel comfortable. You need someone who takes your concerns seriously, who encourages your questions and takes the time to answer them in a way that you can understand. A doctor that is genuinely interested in your well-being will make you feel at ease, so you can openly discuss your situation.
Photo Gallery/Before & After Photos
It’s one thing to hear about results. It’s another to actually see them. So, a next great way to determine the skill of a dermatologist is to check out the before and after pictures of former patients. Are the results drastic or barely noticeable?
Perhaps you can find a picture of a person with a similar condition as yourself. This would give you a general idea of what your personal outcome might be. Is it what you expected? Is it a result that you would be comfortable with? If yes, then you may have found your doctor.
If you are in search of a great, board-certified dermatologist, you should look into what other patients have to say about them. Then look at photo galleries to see their actual work, and evaluate how you feel about the results. Finally, nothing beats a personal encounter. Schedule a consult and meet the physician face-to-face. If they´re the right fit, you will know.
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