Now, the title of this article might seem a bit elementary, but there are lots of things people forget when trying to find a dermatologist nearby. It’s not as simple as asking one person, showing up to the office and “claiming” one as your doctor. I wish it were that easy, really.
What you need to realize is that you are essentially putting full trust in someone that they’re going to improve your face and overall skin complexion. That’s a pretty risky move if you don’t know who the dermatologist is personally. The good news, I’m going to tell you how I found a dermatologist near me and how you can do the same. The same concept and rules apply whether you’re searching for a basic highly qualified dermatologist or a laser center.
Many people haven’t got a clue what the real difference is between a so-called great dermatologist and an okay one. The difference is simply consistency. Great laser centers and dermatologists will deliver exceptional results consistently on a more frequent basis. They’ll go out of their way to best understand how to fix any skin issues you have and they will take enough pride in their work to stand by it, money aside.
Here are some times that I used to help find a dermatologist near me, you can do just the same.
Tips For Finding A Dermatologist Nearby (That’s Good)
The best approach to finding a doctor or laser center is to simply run through a set of questions in your head. Carefully answering each one of them yourself. I’ll do my best to cover each area so that you know what you need to do with regards to that question. Whether you should do your own research or ask the dermatologist outright.
Take a second to think when the last time was that you saw an ad for a local dermatologist. For good reasons, many great dermatologists do not need to advertise. Those that are busy with an influx of clients don’t have time to take new patients on nor do they need to really attract more.
If a dermatologist is advertising everywhere, then you need to ask yourself why they are doing so. Does it make sense for laser centers and dermatologists to spend money on advertising if they have a full schedule of clients?
Many well established and even great dermatologists don’t advertise at all. They have plenty of patients and simply don’t have the need for any new clients. The patients commonly act as their best advertisers, sharing their own personal experiences with friends, family, co-workers and more. Some dermatologists may do non-paid volunteer TV and radio appearances to answer questions for locals.
You should ask every dermatologist if they advertise to determine whether or not they have enough clients to sustain their practice.
Believe it or not, some laser centers in certain places throughout the United States may not require that a doctor or dermatologist be board certified. That would mean that a doctor would still be a doctor but they wouldn’t have extensive training in that specific field. Instead, they may just be trying to cash in on the money that this industry generates.
I don’t know about you but I don’t visit my anesthesiologist to get work done on my skin, nor should you. There are plenty of family doctors out there that have chosen to practice dermatology even without being board certified. In some locations, it simply may not be required. I don’t know about you but this makes me feel uneasy!
It would be in your best interest to do two things. The first thing you want to do is check online to determine if a doctor is a board certified by visiting AAD.org. If you don’t see your dermatologists name on that list, then chances are they are not certified.
In the event that they are not, you might want to ask if a board certified dermatologist is on location for you to speak with.
Who’s On Site?
This goes back to what I was just discussing. Having a dermatologist on-site while you’re getting your treatments are a must. Depending on the state in which you reside in, you may or may not see the medical physician responsible for managing the laser center. You want to ask whether or not the doctor will be seeing you or one of the technicians. There is a big difference between these two.
Time In Business
I also suggest that you do your research to determine just how long the dermatologist has been in business. The sad truth is that most spas and skin care clinics don’t last longer than five years. There’s always something that causes these types of businesses to fail whether it be lawsuits, cash flow problems, unhappy customers and more.
Don’t be afraid to ask a dermatologist or laser center how long they’ve been in business for. Chances are if it’s more than five years, then they’re somewhat reputable.
In the wake of all the Photoshopping tomfoolery taking place in skin care today, I can’t see any reason why someone would even pay attention to a single photograph in a testimonial. Before and after photos are a waste of your time. Given that the results will likely vary anyway, it simply doesn’t make sense to put any weight on a photograph in general. Instead, if a dermatologist shows you any before and after photos, you should ask them whether or not you will likely see the same results. Don’t base any decisions on their answer, but see how they respond and use your best judgment to determine if they are ethical or not.
Your Friends Know Best
What you want to do is ask some of your closest friends to share a few stories with you about their dermatologist of choice. Chances are they live near you and you’ll live in close proximity to that same doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask them their honest opinion. Find out everything that they like about the laser center or doctor in general.
Be sure to ask how long they’ve been a patient of the doctor and roughly how often they go. Also, you’ll want to pay close attention to their face. Don’t be afraid to examine it and pick it apart. After all, they’re representing the dermatologist and you may be able to make a good judgment right then and there.
The bottom line is that finding a dermatologist or laser center near you isn’t super difficult, but it’s important enough to do your discovery work!