What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a qualified medical specialist who has obtained postgraduate qualifications to specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin, hair and nails, with a large focus on the prevention of skin disease and skin cancers. Dermatologists treat patients of all ages, from infants and children to adolescents and adults. Although diseases of the skin, hair and nails are many and varied, as a dermatology practice in Australia, we have a large focus on the prevention and treatment of conditions caused by exposure to the sun.

Do I need a referral?

To see a specialist, a referral is needed if you want to make a claim to Medicare, to receive part of your payment back.

If you are visiting for cosmetic purposes, or our Acne clinic, a referral is not required.

What services do we provide?

The Skin Centre offers a variety of services and products. We cover medical and cosmetic needs related to the skin, hair and nails. For more information on any of our treatments, please browse the website. If you would like more information on a particular service or product, please contact us via email, [email protected] or call (07) 5597 7170.

How long do I have to wait before I can see someone?

Due to a large demand, there is a wait list of 12 months for a standard consultation with Dr Michael Freeman for medical conditions. If your condition is urgent, please get your GP to send through a referral and we will do our utmost to find you an earlier appointment, in line with your GP’s recommendation.

We are happy to say we now have a second Dermatologist on board, Dr Samantha Davidson, whose wait list is currently only one month.

The current wait list for our acne clinic is six weeks

If you would like an appointment regarding a cosmetic treatment, the wait list is only a few weeks. Please give us a call on (07) 5597 170 to find out the earliest available appointment.

What can I do about my acne / pimples?

All doctors at The Skin Centre are well versed in acne, and can help you with whatever severity of acne you may have. For your convenience, The Skin Centre now runs an acne clinic every Thursday, to give the opportunity for individuals to have less of a wait to see a Doctor. While there is a 12 month wait list for Dr Freeman for standard medical appointments, there is only a six week wait list for the acne clinic. Dr Freeman oversees, this acne clinic while Dr Robert Stable is the practicing doctor. For more information, or to make an appointment please call (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

Can my tattoo be removed?

Tattoos are no longer a permanent part of us. There is now a laser that can remove them, however it does take multiple treatments, and is a painful process. Currently The Skin Centre does not offer this treatment. There are however places on the Gold Coast that do. We advise googling providers. If you are a Skin Centre patient thinking about having this done, and need some advice, you can email us, [email protected]

Can my scars be removed?

If you have scarring, from acne or an injury, it is possible we can remove or reduce their appearance. 

Here at The Skin Centre, we offer multiple options for acne scarring removal. From at-home devices, to laser treatment. For which approach is best for you, it’s best to have a consult with one of our Dermatologists.

For scarring due to injury, depending on the colour and type, we may be able to remove or reduce the scarring you have experienced. Again, a consult would be needed to determine this.

To make an appointment, please phone us on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

How do our cosmetic treatments differ from those at a beauty salon?

Whether you are coming in for a medi-peel, microdermabrasion, needling or laser, all of our treatments are administered by Dermatologists, or Dermatologist-trained professionals who specialise in the cosmetic field. Our laser treatments are world-class, and can provide you with the best possible results for your goal. Our treatments administered by specialist nurses and technicians are offered in a professional environment with access to the latest knowledge and technology from leading Dermatologist, Dr Michael Freeman. To read more, check out the cosmetic treatment section.

How long will my cosmetic treatment last?

There is no easy answer to this question, as it depends on the treatment you have. There are general answers for fillers, laser and venus freeze treatments. If you are considering a specific treatment and would like to know the general answer, please email [email protected] for more information.

Are cosmetic procedures covered by Medicare / private health insurance?

What Medicare and what you consider cosmetic may vary. In general, no, most cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by Medicare or private health insurance. However, certain treatments, such as BTX injections for hyperhidrosis can be covered. So while it is always good to ask your consulting medical practitioner, in general the answer will be no.

My GP has indicated I might have skin cancer, when should I book an appointment to see a Dermatologist?

If your GP has diagnosed you with any form of skin cancer, or is worried about a spot, please call us as soon as possible to make an appointment, (07) 5597 7170.

Are there anti-ageing solutions for me?

If you are 65 or under, and are interested in anti-ageing, there is almost certainly a treatment, or treatment plan out there for you that will achieve your desired results. For more information on treatments and products offered at The Skin Centre, click here. To book a consultation with a Dermatologist, please call (07) 5597 170.

Do you have products for ongoing skin care?

The Skin Centre has just launched a new product line, BLOC. We offer a range of products to help nurture your skin. Offerings include general skin care, anti-ageing solutions and post-treatment balms for healing. To see more about these products, please check out our online store.

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