Dermatologists treat many different types of skin conditions, ranging from acne to warts, to skin biopsies. Some also perform cosmetic procedures, such as anti-ageing treatments and skin peels.
Skin conditions is a catch all term used to describe everything from acne to skin cancer. We treat those conditions, as well as many others, including rosacea, rashes, eczema, psorasis, and keloid scars.
You should expect a dermatologist to ask questions about your symptoms and medical history. She will examine your skin and may take a sample of any suspicious areas. If necessary, she may recommend further testing.
Within the appointment she will provide you with information about your skin condition – including a diagnosis (if this can be achieved without further testing), answers to all your skin questions, and a comprehensive treatment plan/advice. Prescriptions are often provided within the appointment if needed too.
When you leave the appointment, you should feel confident and reassured that your skin has been thoroughly assessed and that you have an effective plan to get your skin to its healthiest best.
So, when do you see a dermatologist? There’s really no right or wrong answer. Some people wait for a GP referral (which is needed if you would like to see a dermatologist through the NHS), but you can opt to book directly with a dermatologist privately and get the expertise you need straight away.
Others find a dermatologist when they have exhausted all other options – but you needn’t wait to get your skin sorted and it may be quicker and more cost-effective to get the right expertise before embarking on other solutions that may not work.
Yes! A good dermatologist (or any private doctor for that matter) will always give you the information for an NHS route if appropriate. At No. 23 Skin we will always write to your GP (with your consent) regardless of whether your treatment is continuing as private or switching back to the NHS so your medical record is up to date. Normally you will then need to book in a GP appointment with the information from the dermatologist to then be referred through the NHS system.
If you have private health insurance then you may have cover for your dermatology appointments. If you’re insured by a UK health insurance company, it is best to give them a call to ask whether they will cover it before booking the appointment. Policies are all different and international insurance is different again, as many will reimburse you straight away.
If there is a doctor you would like to see, then do mention it to them so you can get the authorization code – sometimes they will provide options for you, but usually you can see who you would like. If you need help with this – give us a call on 0203 9411815.
It should be simple – once you have found someone you would like to see, then give them a call and book in. You’ll need to register, but that doesn’t impact your NHS GP registrations, and often you will need to pay a deposit. If you’d like to book in with one of our doctors, you can do that online here. Or give us a call on 0203 9411815 and we’ll be happy to chat through how it works.