You wake up one morning with an unusual rash or breakout on your skin, or perhaps you’ve noticed a mole you have been watching has started changing in size or appearance. It’s time to take action in order to care for your body’s largest organ, your skin. It is important that you choose the best dermatologist to care for it. Now, what should you consider when making this important decision?
A critical first step in choosing a dermatologist is to check their credentials. Patients can search online to ensure that their dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology or The American Osteopathic Association. Most doctors provide their biographies on their websites. Then, patients can discover additional years of supervised study, research in which the doctor has been involved, and other specialties, awards, and honors. Once you’ve selected a doctor or practice, reading online patient surveys and recommendations can also provide valuable insight.
Schedule an Appointment
Once you have narrowed your search for a dermatologist, it is important to schedule an appointment. When you arrive, pay attention to how the staff greets you. Once you choose a doctor, you will be encountering the staff routinely and expert care begins in the waiting room.
When the doctor arrives in your examination room, pay attention to his or her communication skills:
- Does the doctor listen well and respond thoroughly to your questions?
- Does he or she take their time or just rush in and out?
- Does the doctor seem to be pushing products or effectively listening, examining, and diagnosing?
Since skin issues can often point to other internal problems, it is extremely important that your dermatologist takes the time to be thorough. Once you feel comfortable that the dermatologist is one you like and trust, be sure to follow all treatment plans given to you for the very best results.
Meet Dr. Christopher Weyer
Now that you are ready to obtain the care of a dermatologist and are armed with what you need to know to make a great choice, we would like to recommend Dr. Christopher Weyer of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona. Dr. Weyer is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon. He completed his undergraduate work locally at the University of Arizona and worked at the Arizona Cancer Center where he did research in the growth, invasion, and metastasis of prostate cancer. After graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a dermatology residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center and trained in Mohs Surgery at the Center for Surgical Dermatology in Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to being employed by the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Weyer has received many awards and honors for his contributions to research in skin cancer and Mohs surgery.
Take the Next Step
Are you ready to take your skin care to the next level? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Weyer by calling his Tucson office at 520-207-3100 or his Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787.
You may also schedule an appointment by completing the form on this page. His offices are conveniently located at 698 East Wetmore, Suite #310 in Tucson, Arizona and 150 South Coronado Drive Suite #110 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.