How to Grill Your Derm Without Annoying Her

Before you decide to inject, fill or resurface, get some important answers about facial skin care

What do you ask your derm before you go under the laser or needle? Hey, it's your face -- and even so-called "minor" collagen injections carry risks, says Dr. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.

By Mary Rose Almasi

Check credentials Q: Are you board certified? Which board? There are 24 approved certifying boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which includes the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You want to be sure that the doctor performing your procedure is certified to do the type of procedure you are getting. (A gynecologist can be legitimately board certified in gynecology -- but that doesn't mean you should let him or her perform cosmetic surgery on you.) Call 1-866-ASK-ABMS or go to to verify a doctor's certification status. Next: Am I patient No. 1? Get some data Q: How many of these procedures have you performed? The answer will vary. Of course, you don't want to be the second person your doctor has worked on, but weigh his or her response along with other factors, like reputation or how long the procedure has been available in the United States. Consider it a plus if the doctor teaches the procedure at a university or trains other specialists. It's a clue that he or she has a deep understanding of the procedure and has performed it frequently. Next: What's my commitment here? Take a realistic look at the commitment Q: How many treatments will this take? Ask for a grand total -- in dollars and number of sessions -- up front, so you're not surprised later when you're already mid-commitment. Next: How long will I be out of commission? Assess down time Q: What are the side effects? Ask about pain during and after the procedure, and how long the average recovery time is. Get details about how your skin will look after the procedure, and for how long. Look at pictures. Be sure to ask specifically if you can go to work the same day. Many light devices can be used more or less aggressively on skin, depending on what you want to achieve in results and recovery. It's safe to assume you'll be pink after most procedures, but your face could be bright red. Are You Ready for Botox? Makeup Tricks That Erase 10 Years The Right Skin Care for Your Age Subject Subject Subject Message Message Message /content/package/c_skin_treat_derm/
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I would do research before going. I think they'll be happy to answer questions.

by EricaF123 Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 12:07PM Report as inappropriate

Isn't it a doctor's job to answer your questions in the first place?

by Only1KimmieD Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12:38PM Report as inappropriate

Ask what you'd like...You're paying them, not the other way around.

by TBjunkie Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 08:06PM Report as inappropriate

don't have a derm, so guess these wouldn't apply huh?

by MissXu Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:56PM Report as inappropriate

It's ok to ask questions..

by eatinglipstick Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 07:56PM Report as inappropriate

very good questions

by LittleBunny Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 09:53AM Report as inappropriate

Good questions

by Breton Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 07:06PM Report as inappropriate

... wow.

by yckitsmary Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 01:20PM Report as inappropriate

sounds annoying

by AmandaAmanda Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 12:27PM Report as inappropriate

lol I still think these will be annoying

by Bon_Bon Monday, February 21, 2011 at 03:19PM Report as inappropriate

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