Dermatologists are experts in the treatment of skin conditions. They can also treat all kinds of cosmetic problems of the skin and provide advice on skin health. Many Singaporeans visit the dermatologist for skin conditions like acne, eczema, etcetera. Here are some of the top frequently asked questions about visiting a dermatologist in Singapore.
1. When should I see a dermatologist?
You should see a dermatologist when your skin condition worsens. For example, redness, itching, pain, rashes and pus are all signs that you should book an appointment with your dermatologist. You should also see a dermatologist when the current over the counter medications are not working.
2. What usually happens at your first dermatologist visit?
During your first dermatologist visit in Singapore, you’ll be asked about your medical history and health issues, and more. You will be most likely asked to do a full-body exam too as it is necessary to inspect the rest of the skin for any suspected skin issues. After that, you would have a consultation with the skin specialist to diagnose any skin issues and also plan out a treatment plan. After the diagnosis, you would be given a multi-step skincare routine and/or medication for your problem. However, this would not be the end of your visit. You will have to go back to the dermatologist regularly for checkups.
3. How do I prepare for a dermatologist appointment?
To prepare for a dermatologist appointment, you must note down a list of the current medication that you have been taking for your problem and also identify what products work and doesn’t work for you. This is so that the dermatologist would be able to give you the most effective treatment. It is also important to prepare questions you want to ask the doctor beforehand. Listing out your concerns can help you to understand your condition better. On top of that, you can also bring pictures of your skin issues to the dermatologist so that they can have a better understanding.
4. Should I see a dermatologist or GP?
For minor and/ or simple skin problems, you can visit your local general practitioner (GP) for primary care. However, if the skin issue persists or gets worse, you should visit a dermatologist for specialised treatment. A dermatologist would be able to diagnose the issue faster and also provide the right and effective treatment.
5. Can you see a dermatologist without a referral in Singapore?
You don’t need a referral to see a dermatologist in Singapore. However, a referral is necessary if you want your health insurance company to cover the cost of the visit. In general, it would be better to have a referral letter before visiting a dermatologist to prevent any additional charges.
6. How do I look for a good dermatologist in Singapore?
Like any other medical services, it is important to do ample research before visiting a dermatologist. You can get recommendations from a trusted friend and/or family members and weigh in your options. To ensure that you pick a good dermatologist, it is important to check the credentials of the dermatologist. A good dermatologist should be certified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and have years of experience in the dermatology field. Another tip would be to look for a dermatologist that specialise in treating a specific skin issue and also in your age group. This allows you to get the best care and treatment possible.