Office and Appointment FAQs

Bikowski Skin Care Center FAQs

Please use this quick reference guide to find answers to some of our patients' most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your specific question, your local office is happy to assist you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Insurance plans vary significantly. Coverage and benefits will be specific to your state, your employer, and your specific insurance plan.

You need to have the following to verify coverage prior to making your appointment:

  • Current insurance card – make sure you have your current insurance card (from this year)
  • Active plan – make sure your current insurance plan is active and ask what skin care providers are in your network

We will verify eligibility and benefits:

  • Coverage will vary based on the type of service and provider.
  • If you have an HMO, we will need an active referral for dermatology services.

NOTE: We can verify eligibility and some of your benefits. For all benefit information, reach out to your insurance carrier. Ultimately, you, the patient, are responsible for understanding your insurance coverage and for ensuring your services are covered and/or paid.

When you schedule an appointment with Bikowski Skin Care Center, we reserve that time to provide you with the highest quality of care. If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact our scheduling office at (412) 741-2810 at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Failure to provide 24-hour notice will result in a no-show charge and will be collected to the extent permitted by law or applicable payor contracts. Any patient who cancels an appointment without providing 24 hours’ notice will be charged a fee.

FEES: The no-show fee is $50 for a Monday-Friday regular medical visit, $100 for Saturday appointments and $250 for a surgery-related appointment. In addition, the no-show fee is $99 for a cosmetic consultation and $250 for a cosmetic procedure.

All fees must be paid in full prior to your next appointment. Patients with repeat cancellations or missed appointments may be discharged from our practice at our discretion.

At Bikowski Skin Care Center, every member of our team strives to make your appointment as convenient and comfortable as possible. We are also dedicated to the highest quality skin care, and we approach your skin health holistically.

As a patient of Bikowski Skin Care Center, no matter what the reason is for your appointment, we work with you to ensure the early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the leading cause of cancer in the U.S., and everyone is at risk. Therefore, all our patients are given expert advice on how to safeguard your skin.

What else should you expect at your appointment? Below is a summary:


At check-in, we will welcome you and update any changes to your patient file. We will scan your ID and insurance card. We will also collect any applicable co-pays.

During your appointment:

A nurse or medical assistant will take your health history, and then you and our team will discuss the reason for the visit. At that time, the nurse or medical assistant will let you know what to expect when you meet with the provider. Appointment times vary, but most health histories and reviews of skin conditions take less than 15 minutes. During your visit with your provider, you will learn of various treatment options. If necessary, you and your provider will also discuss the uses and indications of any recommended medications or skin care routines.


At check-out, we will schedule you for your next appointment. Our team will also ask you if you need any sunscreens or skin products. As always, you can also get free shipping of sunscreens and more at After your appointment, you will receive a text from Bikowski Skin Care Center with a link to provide a review of your appointment.

For billing questions or concerns, please call (833) 257-7546 and ask to be re-directed to the location where you received treatment. The local team can answer your billing questions. For a list of locations and phone numbers, visit our Locations Page.

At Bikowski Skin Care Center, we pride ourselves on providing individualized care for your specific skin condition, skin type and skin needs. Therefore, questions about your medications are best answered by a member of your local care team. Please call your local practice with any questions - do not hesitate - we are happy to help!

You can pay your bill on the patient portal. You will need your statement with the invoice number and amount owed.

General Dermatology FAQs

A dermatologist is a medical doctor. On average, a dermatologist attends twelve years of education and training to obtain their doctorate and certifications. This includes four years getting a Bachelor’s degree, four years at medical school, and four years in residency. Additionally, many dermatologists go on to receive another year or two of specialty training, such as to become a Mohs surgeon.

Yes, there are a broad range of dermatologists that have received additional training in a subspecialty of dermatology medicine. This includes pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and dermatoimmonology.

When you are experiencing an uncomfortable condition, disorder, or disease affecting your skin, hair, nails, or mucous membranes (e.g. the tissue inside your nose and mouth), you visit a general dermatologist for a professional evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan. In some cases, your general dermatologist may refer you to a specialist, such as a Mohs surgeon, for more comprehensive treatment.

Some insurance providers do cover dermatological services but this depends on the nature of your visit. While many insurance plans cover necessary treatment and preventive care, such as skin cancer screenings and eczema treatment, they do not cover elective care, which could include cosmetic treatments. 

We recommend you consult with your individual insurance provider to see if Bikowski Skin Care Center is in network and within your coverage before scheduling a dermatologist visit in Sewickley, PA.

Dermatologists are highly-skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of skin issues. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Skin Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Cysts
  • Moles
  • Calluses
  • Cold Sores
  • Dermatitis
  • Hives
  • Hair Loss
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Dandruff

If you are struggling with a condition affecting your skin, a dermatologist should be your first stop for a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan. We are here to help you find relief through effective treatment methods. Contact us at Bikowski Skin Care Center for dermatology services in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.