Health Education

What a Dermatologist Can Do for You

Cropped SingleCare logo By | September 2, 2015

Treatment from the dermatologist doesn’t always just go skin-deep — it could be a potential life saver.

Healthcare rarely comes cheap, and when you have limited benefits or financial means, a trip to the dermatologist starts to feel more like a luxury than a necessity. Once you’ve learned exactly what a doctor can do for your skin, however, you may start thinking differently about dermatology.

The Dermatologist Profession: Explained

Unfortunately, most people don’t have the full story when it comes to what dermatologists actually do. Dr. Sejal Shah writes for Refinery29 that many of her first-time patients are unsure if they’re even speaking to the right person regarding their skin-related issue. But, she writes, they’re usually exactly where they need to be to receive the help they need.

The number-one reason people pay their dermatologist a visit is acne. A simple pimple or two is easily treated with over-the-counter treatments and products, but more persistent spots can cause permanent scarring if left untreated. A dermatologist can provide you with tailored guidance and prescription treatment for dealing with your acne in a healthy way that gets long-term results.

Also, almost any cosmetic, skin-related issue can be addressed in a dermatologist’s office, including tattoo or hair removal and treatment for various types of blemishes.

But while some of us have at least a vague idea of what a dermatologist does, most don’t fully grasp that a trip to the dermatologist can also prevent more serious problems (detailed here by Health Central).

By scheduling annual check-ups — even if your skin is blemish-free — you ensure that your dermatologist can detect the onset of skin cancer or other chronic skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis, in time.

Your general practitioner won’t always be able to detect these serious skin abnormalities — if you don’t directly raise concern, your normal doctor might not even check on suspicious moles or sun spots. Dermatologists, on the other hand, can extensively examine your skin for possible threats like acne, cysts, cancer, and eczema with greater knowledge and attention.

But it All Comes at a Cost

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Unfortunately, specialized professionals tend to charge steep rates, and health insurers are rarely willing to pay for these services in full. The vast majority of health insurance plans do not cover skincare of any sort, leaving even those with serious conditions in a difficult spot.

SingleCare makes visiting a dermatologist easier by providing a way to book appointments for affordable care on your terms. Whether you have insurance or not, SingleCare allows you to search for a healthcare provider, see what you’ll be charged, and pay up to 50% less than what you would’ve paid otherwise.

After signing up for free, you can search for a dermatologist within your area and your budget, make a booking, and pay online.

SingleCare doesn’t provide health insurance — it provides a way to eliminate all the red tape that comes with it while still maintaining access to affordable healthcare. You’ll also have fewer forms to fill in, and the easy-to-use app lets you book an appointment anywhere, anytime.

So don’t keep putting off that visit to the dermatologist. With just a few clicks, you can get that pesky mole checked out, and you might also catch a potentially life-threatening condition before it does any real damage.

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