Dermatology Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about dermatology, skin cancer, or our treatment offerings? Ask your dermatologist or read our frequently asked questions below to learn more about Cumberland Skin.

General Dermatology Questions

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases, a unique specialist with both medical, cosmetic, and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases and cosmetic problems of the skin, and scalp. hair, and nails.

At Cumberland Skin, our providers are expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions of the hair, skin, and nails. This includes common conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, suspicious moles, hair loss, and more. We can diagnose skin cancer through Total Body Skin Exams (TBSEs) and offer treatments such as surgical excisions. If you have a chronic skin issue, suspicious mole, or skin cancer, schedule an appointment with one of our trusted skin experts. We also offer cosmetic services to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and regain confidence in your skin.

In most cases, we do not require you to have a referral to our office. Please contact your insurance company to see if your policy requires you to have one.

This depends on your specific insurance plan. However, we find most skin cancer screenings and general dermatology visits are covered by our patient’s insurance. Please contact your insurance company with any further questions regarding your policy.

We always recommend using medical-grade skincare products and wearing SPF every day! If you're not sure what products work best for your skin type, check out or online store or schedule a skincare consultation with one of our expert providers. 

Skin Cancer Questions

Melanoma is a potentially dangerous type of skin cancer. It is diagnosed less frequently than other types of skin cancer (non-melanoma skin cancer), but has the ability to spread very quickly. Melanoma most often begins on the skin but can develop on the other parts of the body, such as under fingernails, toenails and the eyeball.

Change in an existing mole is usually the first experienced symptom in people with melanoma. A new suspicious skin mole is also something that should raise red flags. Learning the difference between a normal mole and an abnormal mole can help with self-skin exams at home. The ABCDEs of skin cancer can help you discern between what is normal and what may need further evaluation by a dermatology provider.

(A) Asymmetry: when one half of a mole or mark is different from the other half

(B) Border: the edges of the mole or mark are scalloped, uneven, notched, or irregular

(C)  Color: the mole or mark is not a uniform color throughout; it can be different shades of the same color, or pink, red, or white in a spot that is otherwise brown or black

(D) Diameter: if the mole or mark is 6 millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser) or larger, it could be a melanoma, BUT it’s also possible for melanoma to be smaller than 6 mm

(E)  Evolving: the mole or mark is changing in size, shape, color, or texture

If you notice any of these warning signs, it is important to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists immediately. It is important to note that note that not all melanomas show these warning signs.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells — a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off. Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a waxy bump, though it can take other forms. Basal cell carcinoma occurs most often on areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as your face and neck. Most basal cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen may help protect against basal cell carcinoma.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the thin, flat squamous cells that make up the outer layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive in some cases. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications. Most squamous cell carcinomas result from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or from tanning beds or lamps. Avoiding UV light helps reduce your risk of squamous cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer.

Cosmetic Dermatology Questions

Yes! At Cumberland Skin, we offer many cosmetic treatments to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Schedule a cosmetic consolation today to get started.

Cosmetic dermatology treatments performed at Cumberland Skin can address a wide range of concerns, including acne, aging skin, scars, pigmentation issues, hair loss, and more. Schedule a cosmetic consultation with your trusted Cumberland Skin to get started.

Most cosmetic dermatology treatments are considered elective treatments and are not covered by insurance. However, some procedures that also have medical benefits may be partially covered. Consult your insurance company to learn more about your specific policy and payment plans.

More Questions?

If you still have questions or believe you may need to visit a dermatologist, we are your home for healthy skin! Cumberland Skin is here for all your general dermatology, skin cancer, cosmetic dermatology, and surgical dermatology needs.