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What should I bring to my first visit?

Insurance Card, Picture ID, Referral if you have one.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

A referral is not mandatory for all Patients. You would need to contact your insurance prior to your visit to verify whether or not authorization is needed qualifications for insurance coverage will differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure and your individual coverage per your insurance plan.

Do I need an appointment to be seen?

Yes, we see patients by Appointment only.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept an array of commercial insurances covered under the VI Equicare Plan, Medicare Part B, and Tricare patients. Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Copays, deductibles and coinsurances are due at the time of service. Cosmetic procedures and self-pay patients are expected to finalize balances at the time of visit.

What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

Non healing bleeding lesion, an unusual skin growth or sore that doesn’t go away. If any growth, mole, sore or skin discoloration appears suddenly, or begins to change, see your dermatologist.

Who is at high risk for skin cancer?

Overexposure to sunlight is the main cause of skin cancer especially when it results in sunburn. And because we are closer to the equator being located here in the Virgin Islands there is a much higher risk of Skin Cancer especially if you do not protect with Sunscreen. Fair-skinned people are particularly high risk for skin cancer.

What types of treatments Are there for skin cancer?

Topical Medication, Cryo Therapy (Freezing), Surgical Procedures including: Simple
Excision surgery or Curettage and Electrodesiccation.

What is Mohs surgery?

***This service is not offered in our office***

Mohs is the a highly specialized surgery that can provide a cure for skin cancer if done early enough, before the cancer has spread. This surgery involves cutting away thin layers of skin. Each thin layer is looked at closely for signs of cancer. The process keeps going until there are no signs of cancer. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove all of the skin cancer without hurting the healthy skin. While Dr. Merritt does not perform Mohs surgery, if she finds that it is necessary, she will refer you to Puerto Rico, Florida or any place of the patient's choosing.

What is the best daily routine for my skin / What is the best way to maintain healthy skin?

A basic regimen such as: gentle cleansing, moisturizer & sun protection. You may also consult with our Esthetician Christine McIntosh of SkinFloraVI.

How can I protect my skin from skin cancer?

Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, seek shade between 10am and 4pm (when ultraviolet rays are the most intense), wear light-colored protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept checks, cash, Visa, Discover, CareCredit, MasterCard or American Express credit cards. Please call our office more for details.