Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"I used the valet parking when I came for my visit. It was fabulous—I felt like a queen!"

Why should I choose U-M Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center (CDLC)?

At the University of Michigan's CDLC, all treatments are performed by a board-certified dermatologist with specialized training in cosmetic skin and laser treatments. Your CDLC physician will be personally involved in your treatment plan, from the initial consultation, to treatment, to follow-up--making sure you receive the best patient care every step of the way. This is in contrast to certain other cosmetic treatment centers, where medical assistants and other staff persons are responsible for creating a treatment plan and even performing the actual procedures.
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How much does a treatment cost?

At the first consultation, your treatment cost will be determined based upon your specific treatment needs. Costs vary significantly between individuals based on various clinical criteria including: the skin region to be treated (such as, face, arm, chest), the size of the treatment area and the treatment technique best suited to meet your needs. A single treatment can range from $200 to $3400 or more depending on the treatment you and your physician choose to pursue.
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What can I expect at the first consultation?

Your initial visit to the U-M CDLC will involve a consultation and evaluation with your treating physician. During the consultation, you and your CDLC physician will discuss together what your goals are and how best to achieve them. Your consultation will last as long as needed to fully address your concerns and lay out various treatment options. This may be as little as five minutes or perhaps 30 minutes or more. At the conclusion of your first visit with us, you will have an individualized treatment plan and a clear idea about what to expect during the procedure and how much the procedure will cost.
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How much does the consultation cost?

$90.00. This fee includes the cost of your evaluation and the development of your treatment plan.
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How many doctors does the CDLC have?

We have four highly-skilled board-certified dermatologists on staff at the CDLC.
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How long has the CDLC been here?

The CDLC was established at the University of Michigan in 1997.
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Where are we located?

We are located within the Dermatology Reception Area (B) on Level 1 of the Alfred Taubman Health Center. The Taubman Center is adjacent to the University Hospital. Driving maps and parking instructions are available online.
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Do we take insurance?

Insurance companies do not provide coverage for cosmetic treatments, unless those treatments qualify as medically necessary (e.g. hemangioma, port wine stain birthmark and a few other limited conditions).
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Where do I park?

For your convenience, valet parking is available at the front entrance to the Hospital/Taubman Center for a $5.00 fee. If you prefer to self-park, the Taubman Center patient parking structure is connected directly to the Taubman Center. You will receive a parking ticket from the machine when you enter the parking structure. Patients can validate their ticket when checking-in at the CDLC desk to receive a reduced parking fee of only $2.00. We are located on Level 1 within Reception Area B.

Maps, parking information and directions are available at the on-line UMHS Patient and Visitor Guide.
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What is a laser?

"Laser" stands for "Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation." Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that may be used to treat wrinkles, scars, blood vessel lesions, pigmented lesions, tattoos and unwanted hair.

The laser has the unique ability to produce one specific color (wavelength) of light, which can be varied in its intensity. There are many lasers, each producing a specific wavelength of light for a specific purpose. The newest laser systems have become remarkably precise and selective, allowing for better treatment results and safety levels not previously available.
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