Tips for Finding a Great Dermatologist
What is a dermatologist?A dermatologist is an expert in the problems, conditions, and appearance of the skin. Dermatology is the area of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the skin, hair, and nails. Realistically, anyone benefits from seeing a dermatologist. At some point, nearly everyone has a skin problem that requires medical attention. A dermatologist can help control acne, improve the appearance of the skin, prevent skin cancer, and much more. Choosing a dermatologist is an important decision particularly if you already have a skin condition.
Not all dermatologists are created equal. Putting your face and skin into someone else’s hands requires a great deal of trust. Finding a dermatologist who suits your needs is often a difficult experience. The best way to find a dermatologist is to do your research first. Consider getting a list of referrals from your primary care physician. Talk to friends and find out who they go to, what they like and do not like, and what their experiences have been. Research the credentials, training, and experience of each dermatologist on your list. Look at the dermatologists' websites to see what service each particular dermatologist offers. Then, schedule an office visit and meet your dermatologist.
Certification, credentials and experience are important.Many dermatologists or dermatology centers claim to be or promote themselves as skin specialists without having a background or training in the health of the skin. When evaluating dermatologists you want to make sure they are Board-Certified in dermatology. This means the dermatologist went to school specifically for dermatology and therefore is specially trained in the field of dermatology. If you go to someone other than a Board-Certified dermatologist, it is possible that you will not be receiving the very best care as the skin is a very complex organ. It is the largest and most visible organ of your body. The skin reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against bacteria and injury. It also is your face and most outward appearance to the world. Without the specialized training in the care of the skin, one is unaware of all the conditions that can affect the skin.
To receive the very best care, it is important to see a Board-Certified Dermatologist. You can find out if a dermatologist is Board-Certified by looking on his/her website, calling and asking, or speaking directly with the dermatologist.
Experience is important when it comes to the appearance or health of your skin. The more experience a dermatologist has with the condition you have or the procedure you are seeking, the better your results will be.
If you are going to have a procedure like Mohs surgery done, it is also important to make sure that the dermatologist has had training in the procedure. Mohs surgery is a microscopically controlled procedure to treat skin cancer. It involves removing the cancer in a manner that preserves the most normal tissue possible and reconstructs the area a pleasing manner. Dr. Lloyd spent many months after residency learning Mohs surgery and is adept at both the surgical aspect of Mohs surgery and at the reconstructive aspect.
Dr. Lloyd is excited to meet you as her next patient. Contact our office for more information and to schedule your appointment. Call (760) 642-6674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meet Dr. Amanda LloydDR. AMANDA LLOYD HAS BEEN SERVING HER PATIENTS MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.Meet the Doctor