If you don’t schedule regular dermatologist visits, it’s time to start. You go to the dentist a couple of times a year for a cleaning and a checkup, so why wouldn’t you do the same for the largest organ in your body — your skin?
And once you’re at your appointment, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your dermatologist wants to know what’s on your mind, and they want you to have the healthiest skin possible. So what should you ask?
The experts at Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland, hear questions from patients all the time. Here are three you should ask as well.
No matter what stage of life you’re in, this question gets right to the heart of what you want to know: Is your skin in good shape?
Whether you need general advice or you’re battling a particular issue such as acne, wrinkles, or dry skin, your dermatologist can adjust your skincare routine to produce the desired results.
In many cases, Dr. Melanie Adams recommends you cut back on the products you’re using because you’re making the routine too complicated. The best routine is one you can do every day because it’s simple to remember and perform.
Another big concern patients have is the health of their skin. So you should ask your dermatologist if they spot anything during your skin exam that concerns them. This could include a mole that doesn’t look right or any other skin abnormality.
If your provider does find something suspicious, this is an opportunity to discuss appropriate treatment options.
While you’re talking to your dermatologist, you should also ask what products and treatments they recommend for your specific skin type. Everyone’s skin is different, so they should be able to customize recommendations depending on if you have dry or oily skin, for instance.
Your dermatologist also should be able to recommend any in-office treatments appropriate for any skin conditions you have.
Options could include hair restoration, laser treatments to reduce scarring, Botox® to eliminate wrinkles, fillers to add volume to your skin, or even microneedling to work on your complexion.
New technology provides new products and services, so make sure your dermatologist is keeping you up-to-date on what’s available.
Now that you know what questions to ask, there’s no better time to schedule your appointment at Melanie Adams Dermatology. Call the office today or fill out the online request form.