Apr 2

New Study Finds that when it comes to Dermatologists it's Faster to Get an Appointment When you want Botox than When You're Worried about a Mole

Mole on Angelina Jolie

As you can see above with Angelina Jolie, not all moles need to be removed. However, the next time you or a loved one are thinking of having your mole evaluated by a dermatologist you should note that recent studies by the American Academy of Dermatology found that patients seeking an appointment with a dermatologist to ask about a potentially cancerous mole have to wait substantially longer than those seeking Botox for wrinkle treatment.

Researchers reported that dermatologists in 12 cities offered a typical wait of eight days for a cosmetic patient wanting Botox to smooth wrinkles, compared with a typical wait of 26 days for a patient requesting evaluation of a changing mole.

“The difference in wait times between medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology patients is clearly real,” said the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of dermatology.

In Boston, the median Botox wait was 13 days, versus 68 days for a mole examination. In Seattle, the median Botox wait was seven and a half days, compared with 35 days for a changing mole.

So maybe the next time you’re worried about your mole, you should consider calling your facial plastic surgeon rather than waiting.

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