FAQs and Resources

All calls are routed through the Colchester main office at 802-864-0192.

Four Seasons Dermatology does not require a referral, but your own insurance might. If you are uncertain about your insurance coverage when seeing a dermatology specialist, please give your insurance a call prior to your visit.

Four Seasons Dermatology accepts most insurances. Our staff will be able to assist you with whether or not Four Seasons Dermatology is a preferred provider with your insurance.

  • Avoid the hot mid-day sun. Try to schedule your outdoor activities for early morning or early evening
  • Make clothing a regular part of protection
  • Keep your shirt on
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat instead of a baseball cap
  • Wear long sleeves – “rash-guard” or “water” shirts made from quick drying, breathable material may be most comfortable in hot weather
  • Be especially careful when on the water, snow or sand as sunlight is reflected upwards from these surfaces
  • Don’t forget the sunglasses-excess sun exposure causes cataracts
  • Encourage your children to practice good sun protection. Early sun damage increases the risk of skin cancer
  • Wear a sunscreen that contains specific UVA-blocking ingredients and an SPF of at least 30. If you are getting sunburns or very tan, you need to:
  • Use a higher SPF
  • Apply more thickly or reapply more frequently (ideally every 2 hours or more)
  • Use a product with better UVA protection.
  • Remember to put sunscreen on your ears and lips and always apply to dry skin
  • For more information about sun protection and skin cancer visit www.skincancer.org.

We recommend sunscreen products that contact zinc, titanium or mexoryl.

We specialize in medical and surgical dermatology including skin cancer screenings, mole evaluations, psoriasis, eczema, acne and warts. We also offer phototherapy, cosmetic surgery and a range of skin care products.

We perform excision of moles and removal of various other bumps and spots.

Our esthetician performs a variety of skin care services. We also offer Botox and Dysport.

Our physicians are board certified in Dermatology.

Our Physician Assistants diagnose and treat skin conditions. They are able to write prescriptions. A supervising physician is always available in case the Physician Assistant has questions regarding a particular diagnosis or treatment plan.

Early detection is extremely important, as prognosis is drastically better for those whose cancer remains localized. Skin cancer may develop in unusual moles but most often develops as a new lesion. A biopsy is the only way to determine whether the spot is benign or malignant. Use the ABCDE System which was developed by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City to help you determine which moles or lesions should be seen by a dermatologist:

A stands for asymmetry. If you draw an imaginary line through the center of a mole, the two halves will look different in shape, color or both.

B is for border. Look for edges that are uneven, scalloped or blurry.

C is for color. A normal mole is one color throughout. Melanomas may contain different colors or different shades of a color.

D stands for diameter. Most melanomas are ¼ inch (roughly the size of a pencil eraser) or larger.

E stands for evolving. This means that a mole or lesion is changing and could indicate malignant progression.