There’s nothing one can’t do online. Every month, I receive prescription medication, birth control, and skincare products at my doorstep, all made possible through virtual appointments with online doctors. Online dermatologists are becoming widely popular, with more and more people turning to them for skin advice. But do they work?
What Are They?
Personally, traditional dermatologists didn’t do much for me. However, the first time I tried online dermatologists, the results were promising – quickly. An online dermatologist is usually a certified doctor that connects with you via a website or an app, sometimes both.
What to Expect from Online Dermatologists
Instead of booking an appointment at a physical location, all conversations are conducted via an online platform. Patients often submit their skin worries, followed by a set of pictures, and complete a full medical questionnaire to identify potential issues.
Then, a certified dermatologist will review your case, your responses, and your photos. A few follow-up questions might follow to complete the diagnosis. Once completed, your dermatologist will then prescribe any needed medication or suggest the best skincare products to help with your skin concerns.
When Should You Seek an Online Dermatologist?
Even though online dermatologists can help treat a wide variety of skin issues, certain things are best taken care of in-office. Dermatology is still one of the most hands-on fields of medicine, as doctors often must analyze texture, color, and more. Online dermatologists are a great way to save money and start getting medical advice on what you should or shouldn’t do before you plan your in-office visit.
When to visit them:
- When you need help with acne-related issues.
- When you need an appointment for non-urgent conditions.
When to avoid them:
- When your symptoms appear to be something serious, such as skin cancer.
- When your symptoms fall under a wide spectrum of conditions.
What’s Your Take?
While some people prefer the online approach, others (including dermatologists) still prefer the in-office experience. What’s your view of this new medical trend?