If you plan on coming here, GET A SECOND OPINION! I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Judy Ng because I was pretty desperate to be seen asap because I had had enough with my skin issues — acne, hyperpigmentation, etc.
The best derms in the city are booked many weeks out. Dr. Ng was not, so I booked with her.
I also thought that because she was a fellow Asian, I could trust her opinion about my skin type.
First, yes, she speaks VERY fast. She also assesses you after only looking at you for a good 30-60 seconds.
She immediately recommended that I get on Accutane in a matter-of-fact voice.
Thankfully, my fiance expressed his concerns and convinced me not to do it because he understood the repercussions of such a painful treatment. (For example, pregnancy issues and long-term skin disorders. Please research this if you’re thinking about getting on Accutane.)
He also pointed out that dermatologists often earn the most by prescribing expensive treatments like Accutane.
Fast forward a few months later, after cleaning up my diet and working with an esthetician who, herself had tried Accutane and did not recommend it, my skin has cleared up and is nearly rid of hyperpigmentation and acne.
More recently, my friends have commented that my skin is glowing, and I credit that to a lifestyle change, as well as diet and using non-comedogenic products. (Nothing new here, people!)
I also went to another derm (Union Square Dermatology) this past year for a DIFFERENT reason (to check out a cyst) before my skin fully cleared up, and she also did not recommend that I get on Accutane.
She disagreed with Dr. Ng’s assessment and said that Accutane was for patients with much more severe skin issues (with severe acne scarring, which I have never had).
The only thing I’ll credit Dr. Ng for is that she correctly pointed out that I had eczema.
However, I definitely question her ethics for trying to prescribe something unnecessarily just to make some more $$.
It’s really a shame that people like Dr. Ng are in practice.
As someone who is more on the naive side, had it not been for my fiance, I would have signed up for something that would have cost me thousands and months of stressful treatment that may not have helped and would have caused long-term damage on my body and skin.