Tele-dermatology is a new service that is available for busy individuals who need a dermatological consultation but do not have the time, or are unable to travel to our office.
Tele-dermatology does not take the place of a good, in person physical exam. However, there are times when a description of the malady, or a quality electronic photo via regular mail or email can be used to diagnose and treat a condition. For example, if you have a poison ivy rash and need immediate relief, this service would give you the luxury of fast treatment without the hassle of driving to our office, parking, and waiting to see the doctor.
With tele-dermatology, Dr. Carrasco would contact you personally at a pre-arranged time via telephone or email for a discussion about your condition.
Need a prescription refill and don’t have time to come into the office? If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing medication, tele-dermatology may simplify your life. For example, if you are using Propecia for hair loss, Valtrex for herpes simplex/fever blisters, or if you are treating your rosacea with antibiotics, typically an in person, annual consultation with the doctor would be required to continue your treatment. With tele-dermatology, we can usually discuss your condition over the telephone or via email and refill your medication without the trip to the office.
Certain growths such as skin tags and benign keratosis can be usually diagnosed via a detailed description and photo. If you have a mole that you are concerned about, an in-person evaluation may be necessary because these types of lesions require a detailed and magnified examination.
The fee for a tele-dermatology consultation begins at $200. Fees are based on the complexity of the issue, as well as time spent during the consultation. If Dr. Carrasco is unable to determine with confidence the diagnosis or the effective treatment of your condition over the telephone or via email, you will be given priority scheduling in the office. You would still be responsible for a tele-dermatology consultation fee of $100.
Tele-dermatology is a cash-only service, and it is not covered by insurance plans.
To schedule an appointment for a tele-dermatology consultation, please call our office.