Dermatologist & Skin Treatment FAQs
You can find the answers on this page to many common skin treatment questions. Our board-certified dermatologists offer skin treatments for an array of conditions such as psoriasis, warts, Sebaceous Hyperplasia, Irritant Contact Dermatitis, rosacea and many more issues. We also encourage you to contact us at any of our 10 locations. You will find us conveniently located near you in San Francisco, Los Altos, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Placerville, Cameron Park, Tracy, Yuba City and Roseville.
What is my first step if I am interested in a procedure?
We encourage you to call one of our 6 bay area offices to schedule a consultation in order to discuss your specific concerns. Only then will we be able to gather a detailed history of your problem and perform a proper physical examination, allowing us to determine the treatment plan most suitable to your needs. You may also request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals for self-improvement.
Do you charge for consultations?
Cosmetic consultations are free of charge. For non-cosmetic consultations, dermatology visits, dermatology procedures, etc we can bill your PPO insurance. We will collect your co-pay at the time of the visit. Once the insurance company processes the payment we will send you a bill for any deductibles or co-insurance amounts that may be due.
Are medically necessary procedures covered by insurance?
Our office is contracted with most PPO insurance plans and a few HMOs. Most medically necessary procedures are billable to your insurance company. Some procedures require prior authorization from your insurance company before we can perform the procedure. At the time of your visit, your provider will let you know if we need to obtain authorization prior to treatment.
Do you offer financing?
The Berman Skin Institute does offer several financing options through Care Credit. We offer interest free financing for up to 12 months on procedures costing $750.00 or more. There are other fixed rate plans available. Care Credit currently offers a 14.9% APR for fixed month payment plans ranging from 24, 36, 48 or 60 months. Please visit www.carecredit.com for more information.
What about employer flexible spending plans?
Many Employer Flexible Spending Plans (FSA and HAS) can be used to cover the cost of medically necessary skin treatments. You may be able to set aside pre-tax dollars for such treatments.
Will my privacy be protected?