5 Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dermatologist Before a Procedure

When you’ve settled on a cosmetic treatment — whether it’s an IPL photofacial, chemical peel, or injectables — you first want to ensure you work with someone who specializes in providing the procedure you’re interested in. Second, choose a provider who understands how to address your concerns. Only then can you make an informed decision about whether your desired solution is the best fit for your skin and your needs.


How do you get that information? At Être Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center, Drs. Lisa Donofrio and Kyle Coleman conduct a thorough consultation with each patient before recommending any treatment. Here are five questions to ask at this private, confidential meeting.

1. What Are Your Credentials and Licensure?

Every accomplished professional is proud of their achievements, and dermatologists are no exception. They didn’t spend years training in one of medicine’s most demanding disciplines to be humble about all their education and experience, so never be afraid to ask about their credentials and licensure before allowing them to treat you. A dermatologist is a medical doctor, which means they need to complete a medical degree, internship, and residency to qualify to practice dermatology. After their residency, they also need to apply for board certification.

Earning board certification isn’t a requirement, but it is a hallmark of a doctor’s dedication to their chosen field, as it requires passing a series of rigorous exams and staying up to date on advanced dermatological techniques.

2. What Is Your Experience With This Procedure?

Just because someone is an expert injector, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right person to perform a deep chemical peel. Before you commit to a procedure, make sure you find a practitioner who has extensive experience with it.

3. How Often Do You Treat People With My Skin Type?

Taking the last point a step further, you should also ask your dermatologist how regularly they complete your chosen treatment for patients whose skin is like yours. There’s no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” skin care. If you’ve got pale, oily, and sensitive skin, you may be better off seeking a different solution from a darker-skinned person experiencing dryness issues. Choose a dermatologist who understands the difference between skin type and tone.

4. What Results Can I Expect?

It’s also essential to have realistic expectations before any cosmetic treatment. That way, you won’t arrive at your appointment hoping one thing and getting another. During your consultation, ask your dermatologist what results are achievable for you. Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.

5. How Can I Maintain My Results?

Ask how you can prolong your outcomes and preserve your skin, so you continue to look naturally refreshed in the days, weeks, and months following your treatment.

Schedule Your Skin Consultation at Être Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center

With these five questions, you’ll have all the information you need to get the best treatment from a practitioner you can trust to deliver the best results and achieve the complexion you’ve been dreaming of. Schedule your consultation by calling (504) 227-3873 or contact us online.

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