Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dermatologist?

Dermatologists are physicians devoted to the medical and surgical treatment of diseases pertaining to the skin, hair and nails. In order to be designated a specialist in dermatology, the doctor must complete at least four years in a certified residency program, after completing an initial four years of medical school and several years of undergraduate studies.

How often should I see a dermatologist?

People with a personal or family history of skin cancer should be seen on a regular basis (at least yearly). Anyone with a new or changing skin lesion should be seen without delay.

What conditions do dermatologists treat?

Dermatologists diagnose and treat many different conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. The following list includes some of the most common reasons for a patient to see a dermatologist.

Skin Cancer
Birth Marks
Skin Growths
Skin Infections
Hair Loss
Nail Fungus
Cosmetic Treatments
How do I take care of my biopsy or treatment site?

Clean daily with mild soap and water and apply vaseline or polysporin at least 2-3 times daily.

What sunscreen should I wear?

The general recommendations are to apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater and one that is stated to protect againt ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. This should be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside. Sunscreen wears off and is broken down by exposure to the sun and should be reapplied at least every 2 hours, and more often if sweating or swimming as this washes the sunscreen off.

What insurances do you take?

We take Medicare and Medicaid as well as almost all private insurances. Please call to confirm your insurance acceptance. Some insurances also require a referral and the referral must be on hand in order to confirm your appointment.