Frequently Asked Questions

What common medical conditions do you treat?
The most common medical conditions we treat are: acne, psoriasis, eczema, warts, skin cancer, pre-skin cancers, and rashes. We also perform full body skin exams and mole checks.
What common cosmetic procedures do you perform?
The most common cosmetic procedures we perform are: chemical peels, BOTOX®, fillers (like JUVÉDERM®), cosmetic mole removal, skin tag removal, and milia (small white bumps, usually around the eyes) removal.
Do you accept medical insurance?
We accept the following insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield (except member IDs with the prefix JLJ), Bright Health, Centivo, Cigna, EmblemHealth HIP (not GHI), First Health (not HealthFirst), Humana, Oscar, UnitedHealthcare (Liberty and Freedom only), and Medicare.
How often should I see a dermatologist?
We recommended visits once per year for all adults to check for skin cancer. During a skin check, a dermatologist examines your moles, freckles, and other “spots” to make sure none of them are potentially abnormal or cancerous.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
The most common signs of skin cancer are the ABCDEs: Asymmetry (the left and right side of the lesion does not match or the top and bottom of the lesion does not match), Border irregularities (like jagged or uneven borders), Color variation (more than one color), Diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser (0.6 cm), and Evolution (changing in size or shape with time). Sometimes skin cancer can be very subtle, so please have any concerning or changing lesions checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
What is skin cancer?
There are several different types of skin cancer. In order of frequency, they are: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and skin lymphoma. Most skin cancers, including melanoma, are approximately 99% curable if caught early. Often, the treatment is to remove the affected skin and a small amount of the surrounding “normal” skin to make sure the cancer is completely removed.
What is a skin biopsy?
A skin biopsy is a simple in-office procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The area is cleaned with alcohol and numbed with a small injection of lidocaine and epinephrine, then a small piece of skin is removed with a shave or punch instrument. A solution or heat is used to stop any bleeding, and a regular bandage is applied over it. After the biopsy site heals, it may leave a small mark (scar), and we make every effort to minimize this. A person can usually do most regular day-to-day activities after a skin biopsy.
What type of sunscreen should I use?
We recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater with broadband (ultraviolet A and B) protection. If possible, look for mineral (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sunscreen and be sure to reapply every 2 hours. One popular brand of sunscreen that we recommend is EltaMD.
What is the difference between BOTOX® and fillers?
BOTOX® is a treatment used to relax skin muscles to prevent wrinkles. By relaxing these muscles that would otherwise cause wrinkles, new skin wrinkles are prevented and existing ones lessen and fade away. BOTOX® can be used to both treat and prevent wrinkles. Fillers are “volume” that go under the skin to fill and plump areas of the skin where volume has changed over time. Common locations for fillers include the cheek bones, around the nose, and in any depressions or scars on the face that need to be raised.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a specially formulated solution that is applied to the skin to cause the outer layers to peel off so that fresh new skin can replace it. Chemical peels make the skin look fresh, rejuvenated, smooth, and glowing. In addition to rejuvenating the skin, chemical peels significantly help with acne, acne scars, brown spots, and small fine lines or wrinkles.
What tips can you recommend to keep skin healthy and vibrant?
1. Use sunscreen all year round
2. Apply a small amount of retinoid every night to the face (except if you are a female of reproductive potential who is trying to conceive, is pregnant, or is breastfeeding)
3. Moisturize regularly!

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