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?

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.  Drs. Hill and Hamner recommends sunscreens containing physical (not chemical) blockers so look for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in your products. Drs. Hill and Hamner 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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