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What to Expect During a Telemedicine Appointment With a Dermatologist

Man talking to dermatologist via telemedicine appointment in New York

Telemedicine has made it easier than ever for you to connect with a board-certified dermatologist in the Westchester, NY, area. Though my practice is now safely open for medical dermatology appointments once again, I’m continuing to offer telemedicine appointments as a convenient option for those looking to get care and advice from home. Whether you’re immunocompromised, out of town, or unable to visit our office for another reason, I’m happy to meet with you virtually to discuss your medical or cosmetic skin concerns.

Curious what a dermatology appointment via telemedicine looks like? In this blog post, I’ll walk you through what to expect.

What will I need for my telemedicine appointment?

For your telemedicine appointment, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A computer, smartphone, or tablet. Your device should have a camera and microphone to support videoconferencing.
  • A Skype account. This is how I’ll reach you. Make sure Skype is installed on your chosen device and open at the time of your appointment.
  • A private, secure room. Consider your surroundings and make sure you feel comfortable discussing sensitive information where you are.
  • Good lighting. Make sure I’ll be able to see your skin clearly. Try either facing a window or choosing a room with plenty of bright light.

Someone from our staff will get in touch with you about any relevant patient information or forms we may need you to fill out ahead of your appointment.

How should I prepare for my telemedicine appointment?

For the best possible experience, let others in your household know when your appointment will be so they’re careful not to disrupt you. You may also want to try a trial run with your device beforehand so you’re familiar with how your camera and microphone will function.

As you would for an in-person visit, feel free to prepare a list of any questions you have to make sure I can address them all.

What happens during a telemedicine appointment?

I’ll call you via Skype at the time of your appointment. Our meeting will primarily be a virtual conversation similar to what you would expect in the office. We’ll talk over any symptoms you may be experiencing, ask and answer questions, and assess your concerns visually.

What can and can’t be achieved via telemedicine?

While I can’t perform treatments virtually, I can use this time to create a custom treatment plan for you and talk through your next steps. I’m happy to discuss any dermatology concerns you may have, including:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Pigmentation issues
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Cosmetic surgery consultations

Some issues, such as skin cancer screenings, may require an in-person visit to diagnose properly. If this is the case, I’ll discuss your next steps with you to make sure I’m able to treat you safely and effectively.

If you’re seeking the expertise of a dermatologist in the Westchester, NY, area, I’m eager to help, whether virtually or in person. Feel free to get in touch by contacting us online or calling (914) 241-3003.

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The Center for Dermatology,
Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
359 East Main Street #4g
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Phone: (914) 241-3003
Fax: (914) 241-1525

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