Our Atlanta dermatology practice sees patients ranging from infants to seniors, and our clients have a variety of questions about skin conditions, aesthetic skin care treatments, and products. Many of the questions are fairly common ones, so we've compiled answers to those frequent questions on this page. Please scroll down to see if we address one of the questions you may have about your skin.

What kind of training do dermatologists go through?

As medical specialists, dermatologists go through an extensive training program that involves several years of additional study on top of the education, training and residency required by medical doctors. Dermatologists receive advanced education and training in treatment of skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes, which allows them to effectively treat many skin-related conditions.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Depending on your condition, your initial visit with us could take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. After examining the records and information that have been supplied to us, we will conduct a thorough skin examination, followed by a diagnosis and detailed treatment plan. We encourage you to ask questions, and we will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

What can I do to improve the look of my skin?

The most effective treatment for skin, much like anything else, is prevention. It is important to have a balanced, nutritious diet; to get plenty of exercise; and most importantly, to avoid overexposure to the sun. Sun exposure is responsible for the majority of medical and cosmetic skin conditions, so always be sure to protect yourself by using large-brimmed hats and high-SPF sunscreens when in sunlight.

Dermatology can treat a wide range of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including, but not limited to, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation problems, warts, rashes, bacterial or fungal skin and nail infections, stretch marks, spider and varicose veins, and sun damage. If you have a skin-related problem, a dermatologist is the best choice for lasting, effective treatment.

How much does dermatologic treatment cost?

As with any medical treatment, costs vary, depending upon the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method. However, many medical dermatology treatments may be covered under insurance plans, and we will help ensure you receive maximum benefits. For treatments not covered, we also offer a range of convenient payment options, and financing may also be available in some cases. We will work hard to make sure that your skin treatments are affordable!

Does laser treatments hurt?

Generally speaking, laser treatment does not "hurt". Most laser treatments are administered in pulses that last only a small fraction of a second, which minimizes how much you feel it. Many of our patients describe the sensation of fractional and CO2 lasers to be like the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may also ask us about topical anesthetic options.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

No! If you would like to have a consultation, simply contact us and we will schedule a convenient appointment time for you. Please note, however, that insurance policies may vary and a referral may be necessary for insurance to cover some forms of treatment. If you have questions on what is covered, you should contact your insurance company directly.

What sunscreen should I use?

Any sunscreen is better than going without, but some types of sunscreen may protect you better or be more suited to your needs than others. Finding the right sunscreen is partly finding one with the right consistency for your skin type. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may want to go with a less greasy sunscreen, for example. Also, anyone planning to go into deep water or to sweat may want a water-proof or water-resistant formula. But more importantly, it is crucial to get a sunscreen with a high SPF factor to help shield you from Ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Which moisturizers/lotions should I use?

Retaining moisture is an important aspect of skin care, and will not only help your skin feel soft, but also help it maintain health and vitality. Choosing a moisturizer involves knowing your skin type and specific needs. If you have dry skin, for example, you may want a heavier, oil or petroleum-based moisturizer, and if you have oily, acne-prone skin, look for moisturizers that are water-based, oil-free and labeled "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic". People with sensitive skin should get hypoallergenic, perfume-free formulations. And moisturizers with SPF protection are also an excellent choice if you plan to be out in the sun.

If you are looking for a medical dermatologist in Atlanta, or a dermatology practice that offers both cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments, request a consultation at Peachtree Dermatology Associates using the online form, or call our office at (404) 355-1919 to schedule an appointment.

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Meet Our Dermatologists

Richard L. Sturm, M.D., Sylvia W. Wright, M.D., and Christine M. Law, M.D. are all board-certified dermatologists, each with his or her own unique talents and specialties. Our patients at Peachtree Dermatology Associates in Atlanta benefit from their combined expertise.

Christine M. Law, M.D.Richard L. Sturm, M.D.Sylvia W. Wright, M.D.

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