Finding a Private Dermatologist: Why is It Confusing?

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Finding a Private Dermatologist: Why is it Confusing?

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You’re searching for a private dermatologist and suddenly you’re met with a bunch of options that all look the same, but are they really? Why are the prices different? What are the different specialties?

You’re not alone.

We often encounter patients who are bewildered by the array of titles and qualifications within the field of dermatology. From dermatologic surgeons to cosmetic dermatologists and skin experts, the options can seem overwhelming. In this post, I aim to shed light on why finding the right dermatologist can be confusing and clarify the differences between various specialists.

How to Find a Dermatologist that Works for You?

  1. Understanding the Specialisations: Dermatology is a multifaceted field encompassing medical, surgical, and cosmetic aspects. Medical dermatologists diagnose and treat skin conditions ranging from acne to skin cancer. They are trained to manage complex dermatologic diseases. Surgical dermatologists, on the other hand, specialize in procedures such as Mohs surgery for skin cancer removal. Cosmetic dermatologists focus on enhancing the appearance of the skin through procedures like wrinkle injections and laser treatments.
  2. Educational Background: Dermatologists undergo extensive medical training before specialising in dermatology. After completing medical school, they undertake two foundation years in different settings, followed by speciality training in dermatology, which typically lasts six or seven years. Some dermatologists pursue additional fellowship training in areas like dermatopathology or procedural dermatology. Understanding a dermatologist’s educational background can provide insight into their expertise and areas of interest. For example, here at No. 23 Skin, Dr Maria Roest specialises in Skin Cancer, Dr Nasim Rouhani specialises in hair loss. Other people enter dermatology through community primary care – this is usually where long term, chronic conditions are seen. Dr Cherry Armstrong, at No. 23 Skin, specialises in acne treatment for this reason.
  3. Certifications and Memberships: In the UK, dermatologists are be certified by the Royal College of Physicians or the British Association of Dermatologists. Membership in professional organizations like the British Association of Dermatologists or the American Academy of Dermatology can also indicate a commitment to ongoing education and adherence to ethical standards.
  4. Experience and Reputation: When selecting a dermatologist, consider their experience and reputation. Look for reviews from previous patients, and inquire about their experience treating your specific skin concerns. A dermatologist with a strong track record and positive patient feedback is likely to provide high-quality care.
  5. Communication and Personal Connection: Effective communication is essential for a successful doctor-patient relationship. Choose a dermatologist who takes the time to listen to your concerns, explains treatment options clearly, and involves you in decision-making. A compassionate and approachable demeanor can make a significant difference in your overall experience. We know that discussing your medical concerns can be daunting, but your dermatologist is there to make it easy to ensure you get results quickly.
  6. Clarity of Fees: Wondered why one person costs more than another? It may be due to fancy marketing and just because they can, or it may be due to a specific additional qualification. It is worth asking the questions and making sure you are paying a fair price. My personal view is that we need to respect the training and qualifications of the dermatologists, whilst ensuring high standards of customer care is adhered to. After all, it is not cheap wherever you go and you have a right to be looked after rather than feel as though it is “one in, one out”.
    Procedures are something to keep a watch out for. For example, a mole removal may have hidden costs within it such as pathology testing, and a separate fee for the procedure, consultation, follow up and hospital fee. That’s 4 or 5 elements to be billed for. Which is why we always put everything in one easy price to understand.

In conclusion, navigating the world of dermatology can indeed be confusing, but armed with the right information, you can make informed decisions about your skin health. Whether you’re seeking treatment for a medical condition or considering cosmetic enhancements, understanding the different types of dermatologists and their specialties is the first step towards finding the right provider for your needs.

Remember to prioritise qualifications, experience, and personal rapport when selecting a dermatologist, and don’t hesitate to ask questions along the way. Your skin deserves nothing less than the best care possible.

I know it can be confusing – I have been working in the field for years so if you need support or guidance then please reach out – it may be that one of our dermatologists can help you, or I can point you in the right direction if not.

Good skin days, always.

Helen

Co-founder
No.23 Skin
hc@23skin.co.uk

Helen Wyre

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What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago