Do you still have questions after reading about our services? Here you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. You can also enjoy a personal consultation with one of our doctors by calling our practice and scheduling an appointment.
1. What is a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor specializing in maintaining and restoring the health and aesthetics of skin, hair, and nails using medical & surgical therapies.
2. How does someone become a dermatologist?
Following university, the candidate must pass (and excel) in taking the MCAT medical entrance test. Once achieved, the individual then attends and completes medical school. After securing one of the very few, highly competitive training positions in dermatology, the prospective dermatologist then completes five years of residency/fellowship training before being able to write the rigorous Dermatology Board exams and become ‘Board Certified’. Some individuals continue 1 or 2 years of further subspecialty training to focus on specific aspects of skin disease management. Dermatology requires a commitment to continuing medical education through conferences, meetings, and experience gathered over a lifetime of assisting patients.
3. Does OHIP pay for Dermatologic services?
While medical services are generally covered, anything OHIP deems not medically necessary is the responsibility of the patient. These are decisions over which the individual physician has no discretion. As an example, treatment of a skin cancer would be covered through the OHIP program while removal of a benign spot for the purpose of improving appearance would not be.
4. What kinds of services do you provide at Dermatology on Bloor?
At Dermatology on Bloor, we are world recognized leaders and innovators in skin care. In addition to care of medical diseases of the skin, hair, and nails, we offer extensive cosmetic dermatology services (including Botox, Soft Tissue Fillers, Selphyl and chemical peel) as well as a full Laser Centre using light and laser devices to address photoaging, acne scars, tattoo removal, red spots, brown spots and much more. We offer several product lines to augment your skin care regimen including very mild daily skin care products for sensitive skinned patients and more aggressive products that assist in improving the texture and tone of aging skin.
5. I have a third party health insurance or a Health Savings account. Will you bill them directly?
Any service provided at Dermatology on Bloor that is not an OHIP covered service must be paid by the patient at the time that service is provided. A detailed receipt will be provided which can then be submitted to your third party plan for re-imbursement if the plan deems it was a covered expense. Dermatology on Bloor is not able to assist with this process.
Health Savings Account or Health Spending Accounts often cover cosmetic services but it is the patient’s responsibility to assure coverage prior to receiving treatment
6. Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?
Generally, a referral from the family doctor is required before an appointment with a dermatologist can be made. In this referral, the family doctor indicates the nature of the presenting complaint and can help us decide how quickly a patient needs to be seen based on severity. A new referral is required if it has been a year or more since the last time you were seen by the dermatologist.
7. What happens if I miss my appointment?
We understand that life is busy for everyone and that, sometimes, the unexpected happens. If you are unable to make it to a scheduled appointment, the courtesy of a phone call 24 hours or more in advance is requested. Our staff will assist you in rescheduling for a suitable time. No-shows (appointments simply missed without cancelling) may incur a $35 charge and missed cosmetic appointments may incur a $100 charge. As our office is very busy, no show appointments really make it difficult for us to accommodate all the patients that need to see us.
8. Other than this website, are there other good sources of dermatology information online?
a. The Canadian Dermatology Association has lots of great information on skin conditions: http://www.dermatology.ca/skin-hair-nails/#/
b. The New Zealand Dermatology association’s web site is very extensive with lots of helpful pictures http://dermnetnz.org/
c. The Johns Hopkins University DermAtlas is a great photo resource: http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/
d. General medical sites like eMedicine and MedScape also cover dermatologic topics
e. Dr. Stephen Barrett’s Quackwatch http://www.quackwatch.org/
takes a critical look at what is science vs. what is pseudoscience (or just plain fiction!)
f. Finally, most of the aesthetic injectables we use have great websites that offer patients a wealth of information.
9. Where are you located?
Our offices are in “The Doctor’s Building” at:
208 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M5S 3B4
Cosmetic Dermatology on Bloor: Suite 404 (4th Floor)
Medical Dermatology on Bloor: Suite 403 (4th Floor)
Laser Dermatology on Bloor: Suite 503 (5th Floor)
Research Toronto: Suite 501 (5th Floor)
10. How can I contact you?
Phone: 416-922-9620 (General Inquiries and Medical Appointments)
416-922-6869 (Cosmetic and Laser Therapy Appointments)
Email: Requests from EXISTING patients: firstname.lastname@example.org
(for new appointments, see below)
Requests for cosmetic dermatology appointments: email@example.com
Research related Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for new medical dermatology appointments: email@example.com
*Please refer to the section above for information regarding medical appointment referrals. Medical appointments will NOT be made for new patients OR existing patients not seen in over a year without a referral. This is a Ministry of Health/OHIP policy.
*We have established departmental emails to help serve you better. Please read the descriptions and choose the appropriate destination for your inquiry. Due to the high volume of communications we receive, emails sent to the wrong department will NOT be redirected, they will be deleted.
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