Dermatologists are medical specialists that ensure a patient’s skin is healthy. The skin is the largest organ, so it’s important to ensure it’s aiding the other systems and functions. Online dermatologists like MDLive offer virtual consultations and extra face-to-face time with doctors.
Your appointment usually begins with an intake form. A nurse practitioner or medical assistant generally asks a series of questions to determine your needs and concerns. After filling out your health history, your dermatologist will take a look at your skin and offer medical advice, treatments, and medications.
Dermatology consultations aren’t very different from any other initial medical appointment. You’ll spend most of your time filling out forms and explaining your skin concerns. Your dermatologist will ask you a series of questions and inspect any trouble spots. Sometimes you can get treatment right away during the initial consultation, and sometimes your dermatologist will ask you to return for several treatments.
On the day of your dermatologist consultation (or even a few days before), we recommend getting your ducks in a row by checking off the following tasks:
Many dermatologists cannot bill a patient’s insurance without a referral. If you have a good reason to schedule an appointment, you might want to check with a primary care physician for a referral (though some large hospitals will let you make an appointment without a referral). It’s always best to check with your health insurance provider before making an appointment.