A dermatology consultation involves meeting with a qualified dermatologist, in this case within a cosmetic clinic, to discuss an individual’s skin. More specifically, this will consist of an advice-based service that allows those suffering from a range of skin problems to seek further guidance from a qualified specialist. On top of skin concerns, a Dermatology consultation can also involve other parts of the body, including the scalp, nails and lips. Many of the concerns that Dermatology consultants receive can be diagnosed by engaging in a physical examination.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms linked to the key areas of Dermatology, notably the skin, as well as other areas of the body, then a consultation is highly suitable. There are a range of conditions that you could have examined further, including the following:
- Abnormal skin growths
- Cutaneous pain
- Hair loss
- Nail disorders
- Skin infections
- Skin itching
- Skin lesions
- Skin tumor or skin cancer
If your concern is not listed above but you still feel it is something that a Dermatology consultation may be able to assist with, it is well worth getting in touch with the practice.
Dermatologists are trained to diagnose all concerns linked to the skin
What to expect
Once you arrive at the practice, you will be greeted by a specialist. First and foremost, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your concerns, as well as any symptoms you are encountering. Next, the specialist will then have a discussion with you about your medical history. This will concern any previous conditions you have experienced, as well as any medication previously or currently being taken.
The specialist will have a range of questions that they will want to ask you to ensure they are able to effectively perform a diagnosis. Although some of the questions might seem unrelated, everything will be entirely relevant to the objective. If you are currently on more than one medication, it might be a good idea to bring them with you. Otherwise, if the specialist does not have all of the necessary information made available to them, they might not be able to ascertain the most suitable treatment.
The specialist will also find it useful to conduct a brief physical examination. The exact process will ultimately depend on your individual circumstances, however it can often include a blood test, skin biopsy or skin swab. The consultation itself usually takes in the region of 30 minutes, but can vary depending on the individual. If you have a range of questions or concerns that you want to present to the specialist, they will be happy to assist.
Will I receive a diagnosis?
Once the specialist has ascertained the correct diagnosis, they will then be able to have a more detailed discussion with you about some potential treatments. This will also include a full break-down of each treatment, such as any underlying risks or side effects. A frank overview of expected results will also be explained. It is important to mention that patients are under no obligation to proceed with any of the treatments that are brought forward during the consultation.
This is merely an opportunity for the individual to receive advice from a qualified specialist regarding their dermatology concerns. If the concern can be resolved through a certain type of medication, the dermatologist will be happy to prescribe this during the consultation. There may also be cases where the specialist may ask you to return to the practice in order to check any applicable results.
Will the specialist be able to diagnose all my Dermatology concerns?
If this is your first time visiting the Dermatologist, then it is likely that you will receive a full body physical examination. The reason for this is that although you may have contacted the practice for a specific issue, you may also have other skin-related problems. Dermatologists are medically trained to diagnose all concerns linked to the skin.
How many times will I need to have a consultation?
It would be ideal if patients were able to receive skin-related treatment and always receive their expected results without fail. However, unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Patients respond differently to treatments, meaning there is no one size fits all. As a result, if you left the Dermatology consultation with a prescription, then the specialist may ask that you return in a few weeks to check the progress of the treatment.
On the contrary, in some circumstances a prescribed medication may not suffice. More severe issues linked to Dermatology may require cosmetic treatment. Ultimately, your options will be presented to you, allowing you to make an informed decision. Either way, the key objective from the Dermatology consultation will be to diagnose the condition and then subsequently, inform you of your options. There is never any obligation to proceed with any of the treatment solutions offered.
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