What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the subspecialty of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists are highly trained medical doctors who have at least 12 years of formal education after high school in order to become certified by the American Board of Dermatology. This training includes 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, a 1 year internship, and a 3 year dermatology residency. At the end of this training and after successfully passing a qualifying examination, dermatologists become board certified or Fellows of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD).
What can I expect from a visit with a dermatologist?
If you have a specific skin complaint, the dermatologist will provide a visual diagnosis classifying your condition as a tumor (benign or malignant), an infection (bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic), or an inflammatory disorder. Each of these categories then can be separable into conditions which are curable, controllable with medication, or no effective treatment exists.
Why choose SkinCare MT?
The dermatologist is the unchallenged expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. Although doctors from many different specialties treat skin conditions, it is our opinion that the dermatologist provides the most cost-effective, rapid, and accurate solutions for your skin problems. The dermatologist can often provide a visual diagnosis and treat skin conditions without a potentially unnecessary and expensive skin biopsy.
Do I need an annual routine skin examination or a “mole check”?
Most patients consult a dermatologist for new or changing skin growths. For all adult patients it is useful to have a baseline comprehensive skin exam to answer three questions: What is the status of my skin? How do I protect my skin? Do I need a regular skin exam?
Patients who need a regular skin exam often have a history of skin cancer, actinic keratosis, or multiple large and abnormal moles. Patients over 50 who have blue eyes plus very fair skin and/or severely sun-damaged skin, and patients taking immunosuppressive medication also need an annual comprehensive skin exam from a board-certified dermatologist.
How do I refill my prescription?
Please allow 48 hours for all refills. For in-house prescriptions or if you have any changes to a current prescription, please call 406.587.4432 ext. 5 to speak to a medical assistant.
If there are no changes to your prescription, please call your pharmacy directly.