Dermatologists are experts when it comes to helping people of all ages maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. It is recommended that adults, regardless of their health status, have a dermatological checkup once per year. Regularly visiting your dermatologist is also important since skin cancer, which is common these days, can be difficult to recognize. 

Aside from detecting skin cancer, other common reasons why you should visit a dermatologist include:

  • Acne
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin rash, bumps, redness and other changes
  • Warts
  • Skin lumps
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Nail discoloration
  • Unsightly moles
  • Aging skin
  • Skin pigmentation

Preparing for Your Visit

If it is your first visit to a dermatologist, it can be helpful to know what to expect. If you have specific questions or concerns, write them out before and bring with you to your scheduled appointment. 

On the day of your visit, don’t wear any makeup and make sure that your skin is clean to give your dermatologist an accurate assessment of your skin condition.

You can expect the following on your first visit to the dermatologist:

Review your Medical History – As a new patient, you will initially fill out some paperwork which includes your medical history, medications and medical conditions, among others. You should also be prepared to answer past and current skin issues and describe your symptoms in detail. Dr. Holy may also ask if you are currently taking or have had any type of medication which includes prescription medicine, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements or herbal medications. 

Full-body Skin Check – During your initial appointment, you may be asked to take off your clothes and put on a lightweight gown. Your skin will be checked for any skin growth, unusual moles, and other irregularities from head to toe. A special diagnostic tool called a dermatoscope may also be used by Dr. Holy to better observe skin lesions. 

You May Receive a Prescription – You may be prescribed medication depending on your unique skin condition. Make sure to ask questions about the prescribed medications, possible side effects and how to manage potential side effects. 

Expect Follow-Up Appointments – Depending on your specific dermatologic problem, you may need to return for additional check-ups. In cases like acne, Dr. Holy may want to see you periodically to check if the medications are working well or monitor your skin’s overall health. If you are in need of a dermatology visit, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or website to schedule an exam with Dr. Holy.