Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about skin care and the Tamjidi Skin Institute. If you do not find the answer to your question(s), please feel free to call us at 301-652-4828 and a member of the Tamjidi Skin Institute staff will gladly assist you.
General Skin Care
How important is skin care?
Caring for your skin is essential. Your skin is the body’s largest and most visible organ and it is vital that it interact with your other organs. The skin is your body’s shield protecting you from disease, infection, stress, and adverse environmental conditions. Your skin also affects your psychological sense of well-being and is too frequently neglected Your appearance is a crucial part of your overall health and reflects how you feel about yourself.
What can I do to take proper care of my skin?
Think of your skin as a measure of your health. Healthy, glowing skin is a reflection of your overall health. When you are ill, under stress, not eating properly, engaging in unhealthy activities or having other physical and emotional problems, your skin will reflect it. You can take some simple steps to help protect your skin including:
- Use moisturizers and gentle cleansers for normal or dry skin
- On a daily basis, apply sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher
- Wear protective clothing while in the sun
- Avoid artificial tanning as well as overexposure to the sun
- Protect your hands and exposed skin by wearing a pair of gloves and clothing when gardening, using detergents for dishes or household cleaning products, painting, or when using chemicals.
What will a dermatologist do that I cannot do to care for my skin?
A dermatologist plays an integral role in diagnoses, surgery, cosmetic procedures and prevention. Dermatologists diagnose a wide range of skin diseases and problems, and can arrange an effective treatment plan, custom-tailored to suit your individual needs.. They perform surgery to help you prevent disease, get control of a disease or improve the appearance of your skin. Dermatologists also help you rejuvenate your skin’s appearance that is affected by aging, disease or other factors. Dermatologists play an important role in helping you prevent a variety of potential problems, such as skin cancer, while arming you with the information you need to recognize the signs of serious skin problems.
What age is appropriate to see a dermatologist?
Dermatologists treat people at every age from infants to the elderly. Skin problems affect everyone. Whenever you, or a family member, have symptoms of a skin problem, it’s important to see a dermatologist right away. Adults should routinely see a dermatologist, even if they haven’t had a particular skin problem, to make certain that their skin is in the best condition it can be and to address any issues related to skin cancer or problems that result from the long-term effects of the environment, aging or health issues. Make sure you are doing your part by looking for changes in moles, noticing any lumps, or finding unusual discoloration.
Are there every day problems that a dermatologist can solve?
Like any doctor, dermatologists are there for any skin problem – from the usual to the unique. Dermatologists treat acne, athlete’s foot, cold sores, eczema, hives, moles, rashes, psoriasis, warts, and more. It is important to seek treatment right away and make sure you are getting the care that you deserve.
About Our Office
Are the physicians accepting new patients?
Yes, the physicians are accepting new patients. You can expect to wait at least a month or two for a new patient appointment. However, we can schedule a more urgent visit with a physician assistant at a sooner date. To learn more information about scheduling an appointment, please visit (Appointments Link).
What are the office hours of Tamjidi Skin Institute?
Tamjidi Skin Institute is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What do I need to bring to my initial appointment?
Please bring your insurance card and photo I.D. with you to your initial visit. If you wish, please print the new patient forms provided for you on this page (New Patient Link) and bring them with you. If you have a list of medications, previous surgeries, prior medical records, please bring them with you as well.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to be seen?
If your insurance is a PPO or Open Access, you will not need a referral. If your insurance is HMO, you will most likely need a referral. Please call your insurance company to ask if you need a referral from your primary care physician to see a specialist. Referrals can be faxed to 301-652-2070 or you may bring them with you at the time of your visit. You can find a list of insurances that we accept and do not accept on this page (Insurance Link).
What forms of payment does Tamjidi Skin Institute accept?
We accept cash, all forms of credit, and check payments.
How do I get a prescription refill and lab results?
Please call 301-652-4828 and press the option for prescription refills to speak to one of our medical assistants. If a medical assistant is unavailable, please leave a message with your name, the name of the prescription, the name and number of your pharmacy, as well as your phone number, and someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours.
Parking and Directions
Is there parking available?
In Chevy Chase, MD: There is parking available in the basement of the Barlow Building. It is paid parking, and unfortunately, we do not validate. You may also find street parking available.
In Washington, DC: There is parking available at Providence Hospital.
In McLean/Tysons: Free parking is available.
Is the office located near a metro stop?
The Chevy Chase location is near the Friendship Heights metro on the Red Line.