6 Simple Steps for Finding a Dermatologist Looking for a dermatologist can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be! The following can be used as a guide to make the process a lot easier: 1. Be sure that there is a physician on-site. There are some dermatological medical practices that do not have a physician on-site at all times. This is a risk that you should not take as there is always the possibility that a medical emergency can occur. 2. Verify that your doctor is board-certified in dermatology. There is no law preventing doctors from calling themselves whatever they want or even performing procedures that they are not qualified to do. There are many medical practices that provide dermatological treatment that are run by doctors of other specialties. Make sure that the dermatologist you choose is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. 3. Ask how long the practice has been in business. Usually, practices that have been open for more than five years have a loyal client base and a positive reputation. 4. Who performs the procedures? Many dermatological practices have nurses and mid-level providers performing injections and laser treatments. They are directly trained and supervised by the physician and provide high quality treatment. However, you should be wary of practices that have “techs” or other untrained people operating with little training or supervision. 5. Don’t feel forced to commit to procedures without a thorough explanation or consultation regarding the treatment. Cosmetic dermatological procedures are not medically necessary, and there is no urgent need for those treatments. Be wary of a practice that is pushing you to commit to something. Also, you should not feel pressured to purchase services or products after a first visit. 6. What do your friends think? Your friends and family may make the best recommendations for finding a dermatologist. Ask them what they think and who they recommend. If you are interested in finding a dermatologist, contact the staff at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists today for a consultation. With several locations throughout New Jersey and New York, as well as Boca Raton, Florida, we’re likely to have an office near you.