5 Common Reasons to See a Dermatologist
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in evaluating and managing benign and malignant disorders of the skin, nails, hair, and mucous membranes (the lining within the mouth, nose, and eyelids). Dermatologists can have specialized training in various areas including:
- Surgical procedures to treat the skin
- Diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers
- Diagnosis and treatment of common skin disorders
- Pediatric concerns
- Cosmetic concerns
Within our practice there are 5 common reasons our patients seek the expertise of a board certified dermatologist:
- Acne: While many over-the-counter acne treatments exist, eliminating acne can be a challenge. A dermatologist can provide advanced forms of treatment to individuals with acne that is unresponsive to OTC methods. Dermatologists can diagnose your specific type of acne and formulate a treatment plan to minimize the visual appearance of acne scarring.
- Skin Cancer: The key to effectively treating skin cancer is early detection. Dermatologists are trained at spotting and diagnosing various cancers of the skin. If you notice any changes to moles on your skin (including size, shape, and color) you should see a dermatologist right away. Also, it’s a good idea to undergo an annual screen screening.
- Skin Conditions: Dermatologists effectively diagnose and treat over 3,000 different diseases of the skin including psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, warts, and nail infections. Dermatologists have a deeper understanding of these ailments compared to a general practitioner, and thus are in a better position to resolve them.
- Cosmetic Concerns: Beyond medical ailments, cosmetic dermatologists can perform a variety of non-surgical and surgical procedures to improve a person’s overall appearance. Cosmetic dermatologists have experience with treatments like liposuction, Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin treatments, vein removal, and laser hair removal.
- Expert Skin Advice: Your dermatologist can provide a variety of tips to help with all your skincare needs. Common advice our patients seek includes insight on proper sun safety, understanding of skin type, and advice on the best skincare products and makeup to use.
Many first-time patients are concerned about the cost of being seen by a dermatologist. However, many medical insurance policies cover dermatological treatments if they are pursued for a medical reason. Here is a list of the current insurance plans accepted by Westlake Dermatology.
Even in cases where treatment is not covered by insurance, seeking the expertise of a dermatologist may be less expensive over the long-run. Often we have first-time patients who compare the cost of over-the-counter products with a prescription provided by a dermatologist and they actually come out ahead.