If you have never been to a dermatologist before, you may feel a little in the dark about what to expect and how to prepare for your first visit. Don’t worry; a dermatology check-up is typically a painless and stress-free appointment. Most importantly, you’ll walk away feeling good that you’ve given your skin the attention it needs and deserves. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body so it only makes sense that you’d let a skin care specialist evaluate its condition on a routine basis.
Here’s some insight as to what you should prepare for before your first dermatology appointment:
Arrive with a list of questions
One of the most helpful things you can do before your visit is to write down a list of specific concerns or questions you have about your skin. This may include a suspicious mole, dry skin problem or other skin-related issue. Make sure to arrive ready to discuss those minor skin problems that are just beginning to develop, as they can often be treated more conservatively at this stage.
Be ready to answer questions
At your first visit, your dermatology will want to get to know you. In fact, getting to know your overall health history can provide critical insight in the diagnosis and treatment of your skin concerns. Be prepared to disclose information about your overall health, family history, past skin treatments, current skin care regime and even medications you are taking. Your systemic health and medication list can drastically affect the skin, so it is helpful to share this information with your dermatologist.
Consider your cosmetic concerns
While the health of your skin is a top priority, don’t forget that a dermatologist can also help you improve the appearance of your skin. Beyond treating skin disorders, a skilled dermatologist can offer aesthetic services as well, including laser therapy, fillers, facials, chemical peels and much more. Therefore, prepare to discuss any cosmetic skin issues that make you feel less than confident, whether it is an excessive sweating problem or facial wrinkles.
Ready to schedule your first dermatology visit with Atlanta’s finest? Call Olansky Dermatology Associates. We are confident we can give your skin the professional attention it needs to retain optimal heath and appearance.