Dermatology Consultants offers a wide array of services to help patients achieve beautiful, healthy skin. Our Lynchburg, VA team is committed to providing you with all the information you need to choose the treatment that is right for you. Continue reading below for commonly asked questions and their answers.

Q. What should I expect during my first visit?

h-patient1.jpgA. Depending on your condition, your initial visit to our Lynchburg, VA dermatology practice could take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. 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 gladly address any concerns you may have.

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

A. The most effective treatment for skin, much like anything else, is prevention. It is important to have a balanced, nutritious diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid overexposure to the sun. Sun exposure is responsible for the majority of medical and cosmetic skin conditions, including skin cancer. So always be sure to protect yourself by using large-brimmed hats and high-SPF sunscreens when in sunlight. Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in particular. During these hours skin-damaging UV (ultraviolet) radiation is at its highest.

Q. What conditions can dermatologists treat?

A. Our skilled dermatologists can treat a broad range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, stretch marks, spider and varicose veins, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, efficient treatment.

Q. How much does dermatologic treatment cost?

A. As with any medical treatment, costs vary depending on the scale and severity of the condition as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments are covered by insurance. For treatments not covered, we offer convenient payment options, and financing is available in some cases. We will work hard to make sure that your skin treatments are affordable!

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

A. No! If you would like to have a consultation with one of our Lynchburg dermatologists, simply contact us to schedule an appointment. Please note you may need a referral for your insurance to cover some procedures. If you have questions on what is covered, please contact your insurance company directly.

Q. What sunscreen should I use?

A. Any sunscreen is better than going without, but some types of sunscreen may protect you better. Finding the right sunscreen is partly finding one with the right consistency for your skin type. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may want to go with a less greasy sunscreen, for example. Most importantly, it is crucial to choose a sunscreen with a high SPF factor to help shield you from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Q. What moisturizers/lotions should I use?

A. Choosing the right 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. 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 hypoallergenic, perfume-free formulations. In general, moisturizers with SPF protection are an excellent choice, not only if you plan to be out in the sun, but also for everyday life.

More Questions?

If you have more questions regarding dermatology and the treatments that Dermatology Consultants offers, please contact us directly at our Lynchburg, VA office. You may also fill out an appointment request form online and one of our team members will get back with you shortly to schedule your next visit with a dermatologist.