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What to Expect at the Dermatologist's Office

What to Expect at the Dermatologist

Perhaps you're a regular at the dermatologist and go once or more a year, but maybe you've never made a visit to the skin doctor before. Whatever the case, you can get more out of your visit if you're prepared. Here are a few points to consider so that you can make your next trip to the derm a breeze. To find out what they are, just keep reading.

  • Be prepared for a full body look-over: First, your dermatologist or an assistant will ask questions regarding your skin, from how you care for it to any concerns you might have. Next, you'll have time in private to strip down to your bra and underwear. Every doctor is different, but most will provide paper coverings for you if you're feeling overexposed. (Perhaps this is not the time to wear a racy thong.) Once you're ready, your dermatologist will do a full-on scan from head to toe. Do you have a mole next to your nipple or somewhere in the nether regions? Be sure to mention it, and remember that doctors see it all, so don't be shy.
  • Don't be scared: If your doc finds something suspicious and has to biopsy it, don't jump to conclusions. Even if the results aren't what you'd like to hear, there are many treatment options available. The fact that you're at the office in the first place (and hopefully make it a yearly routine) is a step in the right direction.
  • Ask questions: It's a two-way street. Your doctor will definitely ask you questions, but it's also your chance to get expert advice on product recommendations, prescription side effects, and the ins and outs of your skin regimen. Also, don't be afraid to ask for samples.
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Beauty Beauty 5 years
Oh, exchequette, definitely get your moles checked out sometime. As long as you are staying out of the sun, you probably have nothing to worry about. I get checked once a year just to get into the habit. And yeah, Tabloid, it's expensive. My insurance covers only part of the visits, but like you said, the Rx sometimes works like magic.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Oh, exchequette, definitely get your moles checked out sometime. As long as you are staying out of the sun, you probably have nothing to worry about. I get checked once a year just to get into the habit.And yeah, Tabloid, it's expensive. My insurance covers only part of the visits, but like you said, the Rx sometimes works like magic.
Tabloid Tabloid 5 years
I've only been to the dermatologist twice in my life. The stuff that he prescribed for my skin care routine works like magic but the only thing that I would complain is... IT IS SOOOO EXPENSIVE! But I guess it's also because the product he recommended for me couldn't be found anywhere on a counter.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I've also never been to the dematologist, but I regularly see my doctor (once per year or more if I have issues that I feel need to be dealt with sooner)
chequettex chequettex 5 years
I'm 30 and I've never been to the dermatologist. I'm one of those weirdos who never goes to a Dr unless I have a specific health need. I know, it's probably not the best for my health in the long run. I really should visit a dermatologist, though, but I'm a little afraid to go. I've got lots of moles and fair skin and my family has a history of skin cancers. Eeee...
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