Your First Visit
We value our relationship with you and we consider it a privilege that you have chosen us for your dermatologic, surgical or cosmetic needs.
Your First Visit
The following are required at your initial visit:
- Insurance card (if applicable)
- Prescription card (if applicable)
- Driver’s License or Photo Identification
- Any referrals required by your insurance
- Any previous diagnostic tests or outside medical records related to your condition (surgical reports, pathology reports, laboratory test results, referring doctor’s office notes)
- A list of all medications you are currently taking (including over-the-counter remedies, vitamins and herbal supplements)
- List of question or concerns you may have about your illness or treatment to discuss with your provider
Special Instructions for your visit:
- If you have a skin issue or rash, stop applying any cream for this condition a few days before your appointment. Bring any creams with you to the appointment.
- If the skin issue is on the face, please arrive with no makeup or expect to remove makeup at the appointment.
- If the condition affects your fingernails or toenails, please remove any nail polish before your appointment.
What To Expect From Your Dermatology Visit
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.