FAQ's

  1. What kind of training do dermatologists go through?
  2. What should I expect during my first visit?
  3. What can I do to improve the look of my skin?
  4. What conditions can dermatology treat?
  5. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?
  6. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?
  7. What sunscreen should I use?
  8. What is an aesthetician?
  9. What does an aesthetician do in a dermatologist's office?
  10. What is the difference between a spa facial and a medical facial?
  11. What can I expect during and after a chemical peel?

What kind of training do dermatologists go through?

As medical specialists, dermatologists go through an extensive training program that involves four years of internship and residency after receiving their medical degree. Dermatologists receive advanced education and training in treatment of skin, nails, and hair, which allows them to effectively treat many skin-related conditions. Dermatologists only receive their board certification after completing their training and passing a challenging multi-day exam.

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What should I expect during my first visit?

After examining your records and information that has been supplied to us, we will conduct a thorough skin examination, followed by making a diagnosis and discussing your detailed treatment plan. We encourage you to ask questions, and we will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

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What can I do to improve the look of my skin?

The most effective treatment for skin, much like anything else, is prevention. It is important to have a balanced, nutritious diet; to get plenty of exercise; and most importantly, to avoid overexposure to the sun. Sun exposure is responsible for the majority of medical and cosmetic skin conditions, so always be sure to protect yourself by using large-brimmed hats and good coverage sunscreens when in sunlight.  Whether you are looking to maintain the look and health of your skin, prevent skin cancer, or remove some brown spots or blemishes, please ask one of our highly-trained staff members who can assist you in finding a product  to meet your skin care needs.

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What conditions can dermatology treat?

Dermatology can treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, spider and varicose veins, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, effective treatment.

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How much does dermatologic treatment cost?

As with any medical treatment, costs vary, depending upon the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments may be covered under insurance plans, and we will help ensure you receive maximum benefits. For treatments not covered, we also offer a range of convenient payment options. We will work hard to make sure that your skin treatments are affordable!

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Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

No! If you would like to have a consultation, simply contact us and we will schedule a convenient appointment time for you. Please note, however, that insurance policies may vary and a referral may be necessary for insurance to cover some forms of treatment. If you have questions on what is covered, you should contact your insurance company directly.

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What sunscreen should I use?

Any sunscreen is better than going without, but some types of sunscreen may protect you better or be more suited to your needs than others. Finding the right sunscreen is partly finding one with the right consistency for your skin type. Those will oily or acne-prone skin may want to go with a less greasy sunscreen, for example. Also, anyone planning to go into water or to sweat may want a water-resistant formula. But more importantly, it is crucial to understand that spf is not the only thing to look at when choosing a sunscreen. SPF is based only on UVB protection. UVB are the burning rays, but UVA penetrate deeper (through glass even) and are the aging rays. It is more important to check the ingredients and look for products that will protect you from both UVA and UVB.  Dr. Haley recommends sunscreens containing physical (not chemical) blockers so look for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in your products. Dr. Haley caries chemical-free sunscreens and mineral based sunscreen powders in her office.  We carry both water resistant sunscreens for heavy activity, sunscreens that can mask blemishes, and lightweight sunscreens for men and teenagers with acne.  Everyone should make a sunscreen part of their daily routine.

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What is an aesthetician?

An aesthetician is a skin care specialist who is trained in skin anatomy, physiology, and procedures such as facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and other services. Aestheticians work in spas, salons, and medical offices. In the state of Colorado, aestheticians are required to attend a 600-hour training program, pass a board exam, and maintain a license in order to practice. Additional training is required if an aesthetician is going to practice with a physician.

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What does an aesthetician do in a dermatologist's office?

At Haley Dermatology & Skin Care Center, aestheticians perform facial treatments with medical-grade products, chemical peels, and the Dermasweep MD. These treatments are designed to treat specific skin concerns, such as aging, acne, pigmentation, and clogged pores. Our aestheticians are able to provide in-depth analysis of the skin with the Profect Studio Pro, a camera and software system that reveals skin conditions that are not visible to the naked eye. The aestheticians also educate our patients about products and services that will best address their short-term and long-range concerns. Our aestheticians have received advanced training in chemical peels, Dermasweep MD, skin conditions, and skin care ingredients.

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What is the difference between a spa facial and a medical facial?

A spa facial is designed to clean and hydrate the skin, as well as provide relaxation. A medical facial combines a results-driven skin treatment with the rejuvenation of a spa facial. The products used in a medical facial contain physician-grade ingredients and cannot be purchased outside of a medical facility. After careful analysis of the skin, the aesthetician uses these active products to address specific concerns and maintain the health of the skin.

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What can I expect during and after a chemical peel?

Your dermatologist or aesthetician may recommend a chemical peel to diminish fine lines, skin discoloration, a dull complexion, acne, or rough skin. There are different types of safe and effective peels and one will be recommended based on your skin type, your concerns, and your lifestyle. At Haley Dermatology & Skin Care Center, we offer peels that have low irritation and result in no downtime, as well as peels that may produce moderate to heavy flaking for 7-10 days.

During your chemical peel, the aesthetician will watch your skin closely and ask you to rate your sensitivity. You may feel transient stinging, tingling, and flushing of the skin. After your peel, you will be instructed to protect yourself in the sun and keep the skin hydrated. Although the skin improves after one peel, best results are seen with multiple treatments. We highly recommend chemical peels to achieve luminous, clear skin!

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