You moved to Dubai a few months or years ago, and you love living in the city for several reasons. Apart from superb private and public infrastructure and educational facilities, Dubai is home to cutting edge medical facilities and practices.
If you are in search of the best dermatologists in Dubai, then this article is for you. Here’s what you must look for when shortlisting the best skin and hair doctors in the city:
#1 The doctor must have an excellent and long record.
There are scores of dermatologists in Dubai, but there only a handful with a great track record of treating people with skin and hair problems. Look for the top 10 doctors in the city – you can find some of them affiliated to leading beauty clinics in the UAE, and they will have been rated by past customers on their company websites, or on private forums. Shortlist the best dermatologists based on their area of expertise (skin or hair, medicine/surgery/both), their number of working years, any special or important cases they have handled, which hospital or beauty clinic in UAE they are attached to, and whether they are available for an online consultation or an offline one.
#2 The doctor must come from a personal referral.
It is always better to go to a doctor that somebody in your circle knows and respects. Finding a doctor in a new city can be a daunting task, but it is made much easier if you already have a few names on hand. Ask your trusted friends and relatives for recommendations of dermatologists in UAE, and which kind of treatment they are most happy with. If the person has a long standing relationship with the doctor, they can even give you a personal referral which can help you get an appointment and also personal attention from the doctor. Referrals work great in terms of building confidence between the doctor and a new patient.
#3 The best dermatologists use the latest science in their treatments.
The best hospitals and beauty clinics in the UAE employ not just the best doctors, but also invest in state-of-the-art equipment that uses the latest scientific breakthroughs. Gone are the days when doctors guessed at what really ailed a patient. Today, there are diagnostic equipment and screening tests for every step of the treatment journey. This helps the doctor make an accurate diagnosis and chart the safest and most effective plan of treatment. It also helps customise treatment plans for every unique case, and eliminate any potential adverse effects from the proposed treatment.
#4 The doctor outlines treatment plans and possible side effects in detail.
The best dermatologists are responsible for their patients’ safety and they keep them informed about all aspects of the treatment. Dermatology is a complex science, and the patient must be cognisant of which procedure is being recommended, whether the treatment will use any chemicals, what their own skin and hair reactivity to the proposed treatment is, and so on. Furthermore, the doctor must explain the procedure in detail, showing you the equipment to be used, and explain the pre- and post-care processes as well. If you think that the doctor is withholding information or glossing over side effects of the treatment, it is best to get a second opinion before proceeding.
#5 The doctor schedules follow-up visits diligently.
The dermatologist’s job is not done by completing the procedure. They must be diligent about following up on the patient’s progress, and schedule urgent consultations in case you feel a reaction or a side effect that the doctor had not foreseen. Even if there is no discomfort or pain, the doctor must be prompt about scheduling repeat sessions for interim checking and to map out repeat sessions.
Do your independent research as well
Apart from following the steps outlined above, you should conduct your own research into the highest rated doctors and beauty clinics in the UAE. It never hurts to take a second opinion, and the more doctors you speak to, the more information you get that can help you make the right decision. Steer clear of doctors that tout new, hitherto untested treatments or those who badmouth other doctors in a bid to get your business.