What to expect at your dermatological visit
Whether the reason for your visit is to assess an unusual rash or to find a solution to your acne, an appointment with a dermatologist can provide the answers you need for healthier, more beautiful skin and even more.
Your dermatologist visit will depend on the types of concerns that you have or the purpose of the visit. Appointments last around 20 minutes. During this visit, you will establish a relationship with the specialist by giving them the information they need to provide a thorough evaluation of the problem at hand, and to diagnose and treat the condition you are dealing with. Treatment options are then discussed. Depending on the dermatologist's findings, you will be recommended a plan of action and, if necessary, the doctor may suggest another visit for treatment or as follow up. Treatment options may include in-clinic therapies or prescription medication to be used at home.
Before your appointment, make sure the area being examined is clean. Please be sure to mention to your doctor if you are experiencing other health issues or are on any medications, including vitamins, as some of them may have side effects that impact your skin.
Dermatological services at FirstMed
Dermatology treats conditions of the skin in addition to the nails, hair and scalp. Dermatological conditions can range from acne and minor infections to allergic reactions and cancer. At FirstMed, we offer preventive screenings, consultations, and treatments for many conditions.
Our dermatological services and some conditions that we treat include:
Annual skin cancer screenings
Skin infection treatment
Hair loss treatment
Surgical removal of abnormal skin growths
When you should see a dermatologist...
You may experience a skin problem at some point in your life. While some conditions resolve themselves with time, others may need treatment from a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in skin care.
Sometimes you might not think you have a serious condition or something to be worried about, but we may be ignoring signs of a serious problem. How exactly can you know when it's time to see a dermatologist, then?
There are many situations that we don't list below, but if you are asking yourself any of the following questions, it might be time to get help diagnosing, treating or managing your skin condition:
What is this stubborn rash or acne that won't go away?
Why has this mole or patch of skin changed in color/size/shape?
Why are my nails changing color?
Why do I have itchy hives that won’t go away?
What is this new spot on my body?
Why has my skin become extra sensitive and/or dry?
Why do I keep getting ingrown nails?
Why am I losing more hair than usual?
Do I have a fungal skin infection?
If you aren’t feeling good about the skin you’re in or are worried about something on your skin, think about seeing a dermatologist. They can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of serious underlying health issues, identify the problem you 're struggling with and treat your conditions.
How long does it take to have the lab results back?
Once the lab has processed the sample, FirstMed will send you an email with your results. The timeframe for your results to come back is usually 1-2 days for blood and urine tests, but may vary gratly based on the type of exam. Please ask the nurse or your medical provider at the time of your appointment how long the results should take.
What if my doctor refers me to a specialist?
If you are referred to a specialist, ask the reception about scheduling your visit. FirstMed has many specialists and will try to accomodate your availability.
What is there's nothing wrong with me?
If all your levels are within the normal ranges and your doctor makes no significant findings at your visit, then you're all set to go until next year's check up!