General Dermatology Frequently Asked Questions

How much are Dermatology office visits?

Our office visit charges vary due to the complexity of your visit. New patient consults/office visit charges can range from $95 to $300. This amount is for the office visit only and does not include any surgical procedures.
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Do you have a physician who specializes in African American skin conditions?

All of our physicians are expert in the treatment of all skin types.
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How do I schedule an appointment in Medical/General Dermatology?

Medical Dermatology appointments may be scheduled by calling our call center directly at 734-936-4054 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm). Returning patients may request appointments online via our patient portal at Please be aware that certain insurances may require a physician's referral or prior authorization for your appointment.

Individuals with a biopsy-confirmed melanoma diagnosis are encouraged to make appointments directly, by calling the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic at (734) 936-6360.

For those seeking to schedule an appoinment in our Medical Dermatology, Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology or Cosmetic Dermatology Offices, additional detailed information is available online.

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How long does it take to make an appointment in Dermatology?

An average wait time for an appointment in Dermatology is approximately 2-3 weeks. However, exceptions are always made for urgent appointments.
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Do I need an insurance referral to come to Dermatology?

You will need an insurance referral if you have Managed Care insurance. Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) will be able to provide that referral for you. If you are uncertain whether you need an insurance referral, you should call the number on the back of your insurance card and speak to a representative.
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What is the difference between a referral and an authorization?

A referral comes from your Primary Care Physician (PCP). It lets the specialist know the reason for your appointment and what services the PCP will allow us to offer to you. It is a requirement of Managed Care insurance. Without a referral from your PCP, you will be responsible for payment at the time of service.

An authorization comes from the insurance company. In some cases, both a referral (from your PCP) and an authorization (from your insurance company) are needed for a visit to Dermatology. If you are uncertain whether you need an insurance authorization, you should call the number on the back of your insurance card and speak with a representative.
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What do your physicians specialize in?

Our physicians specialize in many diseases of the skin, including psoriasis, severe acne and eczema, dermatitis, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, alopecia, lichen planus, tinea versicolor, vitiligo, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, among many other skin conditions.
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If I need a biopsy, is that done at the time of the office visit?

Your first appointment is for a consultation. However, many times a biopsy will be performed at that visit if your insurance will allow it. The decision to do a biopsy at your consultation appointment is always the physician's decision.
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How long will my first appointment take?

We generally advise patients to plan on being in our office for 30 to 60 minutes. The actual time will depend on the complexity of your skin problem and if a biopsy is needed. We also suggest you arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete any paperwork prior to being seen by our physicians.
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Do you need me to bring my medications with me?

A list of all of the medications that you are currently taking, as well as a list of those to which you are allergic, would be very helpful to the physician you are scheduled to see. Please bring that list of medications with you to your consultation appointment.
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