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310-829-4104
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818-788-4022

Preparing For Your Visit

Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards beautiful, healthy skin by booking your appointment. Here are some tips to help ensure a successful, positive experience:

Tip 1: First visit tips

Arrive fifteen minutes early to your first appointment to fill out new patient forms. Bring an updated list of your medications and allergies to each visit. If you are a minor under the age of eighteen, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian unless you provide written consent that allows you to be treated by Dr. Kim. Remember to bring your insurance card and your photo identification.

Tip 2: Share your skin story

Be prepared to share your previous dermatologic history, especially if you have a personal or family history of any type of skin cancer. It is very helpful to have records from other offices forwarded to Dr. Kim before your visit, but you can also fill out a medical record release form on the day of your visit. Call to confirm that the records have been received.

Tip 3: Let’s talk products

Dr. Kim and her staff are skin care experts and are happy to share and educate you about the latest, most effective skin care products available. Bring your current personal skin care products in a bag to your appointment, so we can choose which products to keep, which to substitute, and what is necessary to fill in any gaps in your skin care regimen.

Tip 4: Selfies welcome

For cosmetic consultations, bring in a picture from when you felt the best about your appearance. We will compare what we see in the mirror on your appointment day to the photo, discuss which treatments provide the best results for each concern, and choose a realistic strategy to bring back that confident glow.

Tip 5: Less is More

Wear minimal makeup. You may be asked to remove your makeup for a more thorough exam, whether it is to assess cosmetic concerns or to check for skin cancer, so bring your makeup with you to re- apply after your exam.

Tip 6: One step at a time

Don’t worry if we didn’t get to go over everything at your first visit. With the skin being the largest organ in the human body, there is-- quite literally-- a lot to cover! Taking care of your skin is a lifelong journey that goes through many phases, so think of it as a marathon--- not a sprint. Together Dr. Kim and her staff will be with you every step of the way.