How Do You Know If You Have the Right Dermatologist?
There are so many things that can go wrong with your skin. From acne, rashes, rosacea, moles, psoriasis, and even skin cancer, chances are you are going to need a dermatologist at some time in your life, and for some, maybe even on a regular basis. Choosing a dermatologist is an important and personal decision, especially if you have a skin condition. How do you find the best dermatologist who is right for you?
Not all dermatologists are created equal so we have come up with a list of things to look for when you seek out a dermatology practice:
- Doctor credentials. Check out their bios which are usually found on their website or various review sites like Helathgrades or Vitals.com. You definitely want to use a doctor that is board certified in dermatology.
- What is your doctor’s specialty? Make sure to ask if the doctor considers your particular skin concern one of her/his specialties. Some are skin cancer specialists and can also be specially trained in facial fillers. Look over any before and after photos to see if they have been successful in treating your condition.
- Are you comfortable with the doctor? Are they easy to talk with? Do they answer all your questions and concerns? During the visit do they rush to get through or do they show an interest in getting to know you?
- Is the exam thorough? Does the doctor inspect every area of your body? That includes the scalp, palms, fingernails, armpits, chest, genital area, feet and between toes.
- Good but not necessarily perfect reviews. Check out review sites to see how others have rated the doctor but remember, 1 or 2 negative reviews does not make them a bad doctor. The more reviews they have, chances are there will be a few negative. See how the doctor responds to critical reviews.
- How is the waiting room and staff? Some health care practices purposely overbook due to the high probability of no shows and some try to hurdle as many in during the day as possible. Are you made to wait an excessively long time without some type of explanation? Yes, sometimes they have an emergency that can throw off the doctor’s schedule, but someone should inform you if your wait becomes more than 20 minutes.
- Are you confused when you leave? Good communication as to what the next steps should be in your treatment is key. It’s the job of the dermatologist to explain the diagnosis and treatment plan to patients in common, everyday language that you can understand. In most cases, there should be options in treatment plans so that you feel like part of the decision making process and confident that you will achieve optimal results.
- Do you feel pressured to buy more? Today’s dermatology offices usually offer a variety of cosmetic treatments and products. However, your first concern is for the problem you came in to be treated for. While it can be helpful to hear about effective treatments, the doctor’s office shouldn’t make you feel like you’re constantly being up-sold.
Whether you’re due for your annual skin exam, hoping to clear your acne, rosacea, or getting Botox or Radiesse injections, having the right dermatologist can make all the difference. Dr. Marcus Goodman, founder at Goodman Dermatology and his team with offices in Roswell, GA, Woodstock, GA, Marietta, GA and Dawsonville, GA strives to make all of his patients feel relaxed and comfortable. He truly cares about his patients and wants to assure them he will take care to address thoroughly all of their dermatology needs.
If you live north of Atlanta, Goodman Dermatology is well located for those living in Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Norcross, Sandy Springs and Marietta, GA, Gainsville.