Visiting a dermatology practice is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Your dermatologist can diagnose and evaluate a range of skin conditions, including skin cancer. If you have just scheduled your first dermatology appointment, you may be wondering what to expect. Here is an overview of what will happen during your visit to Gwinnett Dermatology.
During your dermatology appointment, you will want to make sure that your dermatologist can easily examine your skin—including the skin beneath your nails if you desire. If this is the case, remove any fingernail and toenail polish, and check over your skin yourself before your appointment. This will allow you to discuss any changes in your skin with the doctor.
During the Visit
When you arrive at our office, you will be directed to a private exam room. If you will be undergoing a skin cancer evaluation, you will be asked to change into a gown. Your provider will ask you a series of questions and discuss your concerns with you, and then he/she will look over your skin. The exam itself may only take a few minutes. During this time, your dermatologist will evaluate any moles, discoloration, and other skin issues on your body. As dermatology is a “visual specialty”, the provider is often evaluating visible areas of your skin while the two of you are speaking. So, your skin is likely being evaluated without you realizing it. If anything abnormal or concerning is found, your provider may recommend a biopsy. If you have multiple concerns, it may require an additional visit to allow adequate time for the evaluation while also maintaining acceptable wait times for all patients.
Depending on your skin issues, your provider may recommend specific treatments or medications. If you will be undergoing treatment to address a skin problem, you will be able to schedule your next appointment after your exam. If your dermatologist has prescribed any medications, you will receive an explanation of how to use those medications. It will then be up to you to follow your dermatology provider’s instructions for medication use and daily skincare techniques. If you have an issue obtaining your prescription or if the cost is unaffordable, please notify a member of our staff as other options may be available.
Patients are encouraged to submit their patient information and health history forms in advance of their office visit. This secure process is private and will save you time during your visit. Please be sure to also bring a valid photo ID and your current insurance card as they are required on the day of your visit. When possible, please submit these forms 48 hours prior to your appointment in one of the two formats as follows:
To start the process of online form submission click on the appropriate link below. You will be able to move field by field typing in your information and then electronically submit directly to our office.
- PATIENT INFORMATION FORMS
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Option Two: Patient Information Packet
This packet is in a PDF format allowing you to print a blank copy to be filled in and brought with you on the day of your visit.
Note: The patient information packet forms are in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking here or on the Get Adobe Reader icon.
We welcome new patients and encourage you to call. To ensure sufficient time for each patient’s primary concern, our office hours are by appointment only. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please notify the office as early as possible. Timely cancellation of your appointment allows us to manage our schedule efficiently, ultimately improving our availability to you and our other patients. Your appointment time is a reservation and failure to cancel within 24 hours may regretfully result in a missed appointment charge. We ask that you make every effort to arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for updating medical, personal and/or insurance information. We strongly recommend that follow-up appointments be scheduled at checkout; otherwise, your desired time may not be available. Patients scheduled for elective or cosmetic procedures are asked to give 48 hours notice of cancellation.
Our fees are within the customary range for our area and are determined by the payers we are contracted with. Usually a cost estimate for procedures cannot be determined until you have been seen by the provider for consultation and a diagnosis has been established.
Charges, co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles are required at the time of the visit. We accept cash, check, Visa/MasterCard and Discover. Our office administrator will be happy to discuss any fees with you.
We participate with multiple managed health care plans. A current list is posted at our front desk. If you are a member of one of these plans, please inform the receptionist before seeing the doctor. Our appointment schedulers will confirm your insurance when making your appointment. Our receptionist will request your insurance card and driver’s license at every visit. Without a current insurance card, the office cannot verify or file your insurance; therefore, you will be responsible for payment of all charges before leaving the office.
If your insurance company requires you to be referred to a specialist by your primary care physician, a valid referral must be obtained prior to your visit.
We accept Medicare assignment. This means that Medicare patients are responsible for paying their annual deductible plus 20 percent of any Medicare approved fees. We do file Medicare coverage for our patients. For Medicare advantage plans, please confirm with our office staff, prior to making your appointment to be sure that our practice participates with your Medicare advantage plan.