Video skin consults use video chat platforms (like Zoom, Skype, or Facetime) to connect you to a doctor. It is recommended that you find a private place with a strong internet connection for your video visit.
Your doctor will ask you questions about any medical conditions and skin problems you have experienced. This is a good time to discuss symptoms, or any specific concerns you have. They will also ask you questions about your skin care routine, and medications you may be taking. While some of these questions may not seem related to skin-health, they may help doctors get a better understanding of your general health and wellness.
Your doctor may then conduct a visual examination of your skin. You may be asked to disrobe, which is why a private and secure location is recommended for these visits. Doctors will check your skin for signs of skin problems such as:
- Skin cancer
- Bug bites
- Suspicious moles
Depending on their findings, doctors may request a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of the exam with you. While doctors are able to diagnose a number of conditions via video visits, an in-person visit may be required to definitively diagnose certain conditions. If your doctor suspects you may be exhibiting some warning signs of skin cancer, for example, you may be asked to go to their office for a biopsy.
If you do not require a follow-up appointment, but your doctor determines that medication may be appropriate as treatment, they can write a prescription after your visit and order free delivery to your home. Before beginning treatment with any medication, be sure to talk to your doctor about dosage and how best to administer the drug.