How To Find A Dermatologist
The skin is one of the most vital organs in the body and plays an important role in preventing foreign invaders from wrecking havoc on our immune systems. To care for this organ, you may need the help of a dermatologist, a specialist that cares for the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists can treat a wide range of skin conditions with the most common being acne, rosacea, psoriasis, hair loss, and skin cancer. In addition, some dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and skin resurfacing lasers. A good dermatologist can improve the health of your skin while properly educating you on your skin condition and the best means to manage it. Every individual can benefit from consulting with a dermatologist but knowing where to start can be difficult. There are many considerations when choosing a dermatologist from geographic location to experience to expertise in your particular skin condition. The best dermatologists are board-certified and come with extensive years of experience. Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist in NYC who has over 25 years of experience in cosmetic procedures, lasers, dermal fillers, skin cancer, and dermatologic surgery. She can help address any of your skincare concerns and will create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your skincare goals.
Consulting with a dermatologist is particularly important because the skin provides a window into the body. Certain skin conditions like psoriasis can be a sign of diabetes or arthritis. Other lab work can reveal underlying causes of skin conditions. For example, high testosterone levels are linked to hair loss through a mechanism that shrinks hair follicles. Dermatologists have special expertise and insight that other doctors may overlook. Seeing a dermatologist is especially important for complete skin checks to screen for any skin cancer, which can be potentially life threatening. It can be difficult to distinguish whether a new spot on your skin is harmless or a lesion that may develop into melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or basal cell carcinoma. Prolonged sun exposure can cause rough, scaly patches on the skin around the face, lips, ears, scalp, forearms, neck, or back of the hands called actinic keratoses. Up to ten percent of actinic keratoses can develop into skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to see a dermatologist annually for a skin check to make sure there are no new growths that can potentially be deadly. If you have a family history of skin cancer, it would be best to get a skin check every six months.
If you have noticed changes in your skin or suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, or hair loss, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. In her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she offers a myriad of non-invasive medical treatments, cosmetic procedures, and the best in specially formulated skincare solutions and creams that will resolve your medical dermatological concerns as well as improve your overall appearance. Dr. Green is internationally renowned for her exceptional treatments and is consistently voted one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. If you are interested in having a cosmetic treatment like Botox or laser hair removal, or need medical treatment for a condition like hair loss or acne, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green in NYC.
How can I see a dermatologist?
There are many ways to see a good dermatologist that can best address your skincare concerns. One of the best ways is by using Google. Through a quick internet search, you can find many dermatologists in your area as well as their credentials and years of experience. You will often find reviews on each dermatologist and many may have their individual websites as well with a list of procedures they perform and patient testimonials. A dermatologist with good reviews can be a testament to their expertise in best addressing the patient’s needs. Another great way to find and see a dermatologist is through word of mouth, by asking friends and family. They will be able to recommend a dermatologist they are familiar with that will also most likely be a good fit for you.
The best dermatologists are board-certified dermatologists who have gone to medical school and have undergone three years of dermatology residency. The dermatologist must then pass a rigorous exam and continue to do so every ten years to receive their board-certification. This indicates that they keep up-to-date with medical advancements and can provide the best treatment options that medicine has to offer. Another factor that makes a good dermatologist is their communication skills. Finding a good dermatologist is essential because they take the time to really know their patients and properly educate them on their condition and how to manage it. They listen, make you feel comfortable, answer any questions you may have, and are honest about your treatment options. This is also why word of mouth recommendations carry so much weight and are one of the top ways to find and see a dermatologist.
How do I get a dermatologist referral?
You can get a dermatologist referral by requesting one through your primary care provider. You can also ask family, friends, and other healthcare providers for recommendations. Be sure to do your due diligence in researching the doctors’ credentials and experience in treating your specific skin condition. Some physician assistants are classified as dermatologists but they do not have the same years of experience as board-certified dermatologists. Make sure the dermatologist has a medical degree and board certification through the American Board of Dermatology or the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). This ensures that the dermatologist has had rigorous medical education and training in dermatology and keeps up with medical advancements.
Other important considerations include if the doctor is accepting new patients and/or if they have experience with your skin type and skin tone. For example, certain lasers will not work on Asian, Hispanic, or African-American skin and can cause adverse side effects. The more experience that a dermatologist has with your skin tone and skin condition, the better your results are likely to be. Some healthcare providers may also have telemedicine appointments, which means fewer trips to the doctor’s office and easier access.
How do I find a dermatologist that takes my insurance?
Whether or not a dermatologist accepts your insurance can be a deal-breaker for many. The first thing to consider is whether what you want to be treated falls under cosmetic or medical. If you are interested in dermal fillers, Botox injections, Juvederm lip fillers, lasers, chemical peels, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections, and certain other procedures, it may not matter whether or not you have insurance since these procedures will not be covered by insurance.
Many insurance companies have portals in which you can find dermatologists that are in-network. A quick internet search can also help you filter by location, skin disease, procedure, and subspecialties like cosmetic surgery or pediatric dermatology. Some doctors may also list what insurances they accept or you can always double-check either by contacting their office or checking with your insurance company.
How do I get an appointment with a dermatologist?
It can be difficult to get an appointment with a dermatologist since there is a huge demand for the services and expertise they offer. As more individuals become aware of skin conditions and as new treatments become available, more patients are seeking out the limited number of highly qualified board-certified dermatologists available. You can start with a referral or by contacting a few dermatologists’ offices that you are interested in to see if they are accepting new patients and when their next available opening would be. You can also ask to be placed on a waitlist in case someone cancels their appointment. Dr. Michele Green is currently accepting new patients and we would be more than happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
How much does a dermatology appointment cost without insurance?
A dermatology appointment without insurance will vary depending on several factors, like location, specialty, experience, and your skincare condition. The more experience a dermatologist has, the higher they tend to charge. With experience, a dermatologist can yield better results. Certain skincare conditions are also more expensive to treat than others. If you have a condition like acne, hair loss, or psoriasis, it may take a few follow-up treatment sessions over several months or longer. The best option to how much an appointment and treatment would cost without insurance is by reaching out to the dermatology offices you are interested in and asking for a quote.
How can I see a dermatologist without a referral?
You can see a dermatologist without a referral by doing a quick internet search through Google. You will be able to find dermatologists in your area and can also narrow down your search based on cosmetic procedure, specialty, or other areas that you are concerned with. Always make sure to do your due diligence in terms of the dermatologist’s credentials, expertise in the skincare condition you hope to treat, and patient satisfaction. Many dermatologists have reviews from patients that they have previously treated in the past and bad reviews can be an indication that you should look for another dermatologist. Dr. Michele Green has stellar reviews and does not need a referral to see a new patient.
How do I get started today with a dermatology appointment?
If you are concerned with any skin condition and your skin health, Dr. Michele Green may be the right dermatologist for you. She has over 25 years of experience in NYC in cosmetic dermatology and is an expert in acne treatment, skin cancer screenings, pigmentation, rashes, and dermatological care for healthy skin. She is a board-certified dermatologist who graduated from Yale University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and was chief resident in dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in NYC for a range of skin conditions by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. If you are looking for the best treatment for your skin problems in New York, please call our office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.