Glenn H. Brown, MD
1450 S. Dobson Rd., Suite 320B
Mesa, AZ 85202
480-835-9755
480-964-8668 fax

faq

FAQ

Dermatology Questions and Answers

  1. What kind of training do dermatologists go through?
  2. What should I expect during my first visit?
  3. What can I do to improve the look of my skin?
  4. What conditions can dermatology treat?
  5. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?
  6. Do laser treatments hurt?
  7. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?
  8. What sunscreen should I use?
  9. Which moisturizer(s) should I use?

1. What kind of training do dermatologists go through?

As medical specialists, dermatologists go through an extensive training program that involves several years of additional study on top of the education, training and residency required by medical doctors. Dermatologists receive advanced education and training in treatment of skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes, which allows them to effectively treat many skin-related conditions.

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2. What should I expect during my first visit?

After examining the records and information that have been supplied to us, we will conduct a thorough skin examination, followed by a diagnosis and detailed treatment plan. We encourage you to ask questions, and we will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

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3. What can I do to improve the look of my skin?

The most effective treatment for skin, much like anything else, is prevention. It is important to have a balanced, nutritious diet; to get plenty of exercise; and most importantly, to avoid overexposure to the sun. Sun exposure is responsible for the majority of cosmetic skin conditions, as well as the major cause of most skin cancers, so always be sure to protect yourself by using large-brimmed hats and high-SPF sunscreens when in sunlight.

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4. What conditions can dermatology treat?

Dermatology can treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, melanoma, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, effective treatment.

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5. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?

As with any medical treatment, costs vary, depending upon the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments may be covered under insurance plans, and we will help ensure you receive maximum benefits. For treatments not covered, we also offer a range of convenient payment options . We will work hard to make sure that your skin treatments are affordable!

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6. Do laser treatments hurt?

Generally speaking, laser treatment does not “hurt”. Most laser treatments are administered in pulses that last only a small fraction of a second, which minimizes how much you feel it. Many of our patients describe the sensation of fractional and CO2 lasers to be like the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may also ask us about topical anesthetic options.

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7. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

No! If you would like to have a consultation, simply contact us and we will schedule a convenient appointment time for you. Please note, however, that insurance policies may vary and a referral may be necessary for insurance to cover your visit. If you have questions on what is covered, you should contact your insurance company directly.

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8. What sunscreen should I use?

Any sunscreen is better than going without, but some types of sunscreen may protect you better or be more suited to your needs than others. Finding the right sunscreen is partly finding one with the right consistency for your skin type. Those will oily or acne-prone skin may want to go with a less greasy sunscreen, for example. Also, anyone planning to go into deep water or to sweat may want a water-proof or water-resistant formula. But more importantly, it is crucial to get a sunscreen with a high SPF factor of at least 30SPF to help shield you from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, as well as one that has broad spectrum coverage against UVA as well as UVB. For your convenience, our office carries a variety of recommended broad spectrum sunscreens for purchase.

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9. Which moisturizers/lotions should I use?

Retaining moisture is an important aspect of skin care, and can not only help your skin feel soft, but also help it maintain health and vitality. Choosing a moisturizer involves knowing your skin type and specific needs. If you have dry skin, for example, you may want a heavier, oil or petroleum-based moisturizer, and if you have oily, acne-prone skin, look for moisturizers that are water-based, oil-free and labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. People with sensitive skin should get hypo-allergenic, perfume-free formulations. And moisturizers with SPF protection are also an excellent choice if you plan to be out in the sun. Moisturizing CREAMS work much better than lotions. Some of our recommended products include Cerave cream, Vanicream and Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion.

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