When selecting a dermatologist, it is important to find one with whom you can communicate openly and comfortably. This includes asking them about their experience, training, and credentials.
Here are some examples of questions to ask:
- What experience have you had with this type of skin problem?
- How many patients have you treated for this?
- How urgent is it that I am treated now?
- How long does the treatment last?
- What are the results?
- What are the side effects?
- Are the results lasting, or is there a chance of recurrence?
- What does the treatment cost?
- Will my insurance cover the treatment, lab work, and other expenses?
- What happens if the treatment fails?
- What happens if I don’t get treated?
- Are there any alternative treatments I can consider?
If you are unsure of the response or simply need confirmation that a recommended treatment is the best course of action, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. It is not only your right to do so but ensures that you have all the information needed to make an informed choice.