3 Ways to Find the Perfect Dermatologist
I always have 3 dermatologists on my 'short list'. One for beauty. One for pimple emergencies. And one for medical emergencies. Oh, yeah and a fourth just in case scheduling is an issue. Each usually has a specialty even though they technically do it all. You can get botox and a flu shot at the same time at most clinics. How does a doctor make it to my list?
3. Their specialty matches my immediate need
Most dermatologists are people too. And people have limited time and interests. So while any dermatologist can technically do everything from splinter removal to laser treatment to skin cancer diagnosis, there's usually a set of results that perks their interest the most. Did they win an award for the most Sculptra injections? (This means they like plumping people's wrinkles). Do they want to give you a V-line, Cat line or S-line? (This means they like to slim, tone and carve their patients). There are so many ways to combine treatments to respond to "I want to look younger." or "Can you fix my skin?"
In dermatology, you pay for artistry. So if you want to look sharp and toned, then go for the doctor who focuses on that result. Not only does it mean they've had more practice, this also tells you which expensive machinery they're investing in. Since they would go broke buying them all, you want to make sure they at least have the latest and greatest for your treatment. Similarly, they may still be using older equipment in areas that are not their specialty. You can tell by what they focus on in their website or by referrals.
2. They have celebrity clients
This is not about bragging rights. It's about positive signaling. If my face is on the line at the hands of a doctor, I want to know that someone who pays the bills with their face is also a client. Since I'm a guy in news broadcasting, I also want to go to a doctor who knows how to achieve this industry's aesthetics. It's a great plus when the doctor takes the time to watch your work to see the results of theirs. And yes, my current doctor has this summer's biggest A-list movie actor on her roster. See me go for the same treatment regimen that he gets in the video above. (I'm not trying to be a movie actor, but I wouldn't mind looking more like Gong Yoo.)
1. I trust them
My eyes are closed while they're injecting substances and zapping powerful lasers. Will they treat my face as if it were a work of art? Do they maintain a disciplined practice? Am I being sold only the treatments I need? You must trust your doctor to have the skills, artistry and character to conduct themselves professionally and passionately. A good dermatologist is worth the money because the demands on star doctors are truly not for the ordinary. They're a doctor and an entrepreneur. They're methodically technical and flexibly empathetic. They follow their patients needs and lead them to the right treatments. They're people but they must conduct themselves with dignity most people struggle to maintain. And they have to do it for hours and hours every day.
It should go without saying that if you don't feel trust with your doctor go somewhere else. Even if your friend refers you to a particular doctor, you may vibe differently with them so don't be afraid to say no or ask for more time to consider a treatment. When you do find that great doctor, refer your friends and help your doctor out so that they can spend less time on trying to find clients and more time on treating you and making you look beautiful!