How Safe Are Procedures in a Doctor’s Office? 5 Tips to Stay Safe

The (un)safety of cosmetic procedures is getting more media attention this year especially after the death of Kayane West’s mother, Donda West, following cosmetic surgery. So are procedures in a doctor’s office safe? Here are five tips you’ll need before going under the knife. Continue reading “How Safe Are Procedures in a Doctor’s Office? 5 Tips to Stay Safe”

How to Get Into Dermatology: A Life Hack

surgeon.jpgDermatologists love to cite that the most difficult specialty to get into is dermatology. There is no way to prove this and of course other specialties such as Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery are also highly competitive. Continue reading “How to Get Into Dermatology: A Life Hack”

Worried About a Changing Mole? Better Call for a Botox Appointment.

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The Botox® line moves a lot faster

A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology looked at the length of time patients wait to see a dermatologist. The authors called nearly 900 dermatology offices in 12 cities to request an appointment.

In a previous study they found that it took 26 days to be seen in a dermatologist’s office for a changing mole.

Repeating the study, but this time trying to make an appointment for Botox injections, they found that the median wait time was 8 days (with a range of 6 to 32 days). The shortest wait times were in Orange County, California and Miami, Florida.

The wait time for patients seeking Botox was therefore 18 days shorter than the wait time for patients seeking evaluation of a changing mole.

  • The chances of getting an appointment within a week for Botox: 23%
  • The chances of getting an appointment within a week for evaluation of a changing mole: 17%

The chances that further cuts in physician reimbursement for medical dermatology will make this despicable discrepancy worse: 99%

Resneck, JS. et al. Short Wait Times for Patients Seeking Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin Appointments with Dermatologists. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;57:985-9