Dermatology - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and preventive skin care.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and preventive skin care.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and preventive skin care. This specialty is known as dermatology.

  • Dermatologists often see a wide variety of skin, nail and hair disorders in adults and children. This includes skin cancer, moles, dermatitis, acne, hair loss, scars and skin changes seen with aging.
  • Preventive skin care, including lifestyle changes and treatment recommendations.

Dermatologists typically use a wide range of treatments. These treatments include:

  • Medications
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Certain surgical procedures

Your primary care physician is in the best position to coordinate your health care needs and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Therefore, it is usually best to start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.
  • Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? Why do I need them? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the recommendation?
  • Are there any conservative, non-surgical alternatives to the procedure or surgery?
  • Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential consequences if I decide against the procedure or surgery?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, how many years have you been performing them? How many have you done? What are your typical results after surgery?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Specialist
Skin Doctor
Office Visit
Dermatology - Specialist Visit
Dermatologist
Consultation


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