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Things to keep in mind before choosing a dermatologist
Your skin is the largest organ of your body which also happens to be the first defence against harmful external factors like UV rays and pathogens. It is therefore important to take care of it with a consistent skincare routine and to consult an experienced dermatologist should you face any skin related issues.
And if you are facing troubles to choose a dermatologist for yourself then here are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
Ask for referrals
Start with a referral list of dermatologists. You can ask your friends, family members and even your primary doctor for recommendations of good dermatologists near you. Once you have the list of names then take your time to connect with the office of each one of the doctors to know their addresses and whether or not they are accepting new patients.
Check for online reviews
In today's digital age, patients often resort to online mediums like Google & Facebook to share both positive and negative experiences with their dermatologists. Do keep in mind that every dermatologist will have both good and bad reviews. You need to look at maximum positive reviews before finalizing the dermatologist.
Research the dermatologist's credentials
Once you have shortlisted a few dermatologists based on your preliminary research, check for their credentials. You may check if they are holding authentic certificates and whether they have taken additional time to specialise in any procedures or skin or hair concerns. You can do a background check if the dermatologist has any additional qualification to treat your concern.
Pay heed to the experience of the dermatologist
It's important to check if the dermatologist you have finalised has the right amount of experience to address your concern. And if you are aware of the procedures that your concern requires then you can always discuss with the dermatologist to check their depth of knowledge before going ahead with any treatment.
Visit the clinic
Do visit the clinic once before beginning the treatment. This would help you to know the safety protocols maintained at the clinic, the communication style of the staff and the doctor and also if the clinic is well equipped to handle your concerns.
Enquire about their capabilities to consult online
Considering the current times when most of us are stuck at home due to an ongoing lockdown, it is important to know if your dermatologist is capable to conduct online consultations.
Do enquire about their virtual consultation procedure to know if they will be able to help you should a situation arise.