A few years ago, I had an appointment to see a highly recommended dermatologist about some hormonal chin acne. I remember that when I called to book the appointment, the earliest one I could get was in a month, and even though the appointment was at an inconvenient time of day for me, and I didn’t want to wait that long, I still took the appointment because I was desperate to see someone.
Anyway, I’d forgotten that on the day of my appointment, the street in front of my house was going to be repaved. I realized it when I walked outside and saw huge construction vehicles everywhere. I couldn’t even pull my car out of the garage.
I remember calling the dermatologist’s office up and telling them, “I’m very sorry about this, and I know it’s last minute, but I’m having transportation issues. I won’t be able to make it today. Is there any chance I could get on the list to see the doctor within the next two weeks if someone happens to cancel?”
My chin acne situation had gotten terrible by that point, and I didn’t want to wait another month for a new appointment.
The receptionist just started straight-up laughing at me. Laughing at me. Geez, I thought, was I ever going to see this doctor?
Eventually, I did, but it took a very long time. Seriously, it was like three months before I actually got in, and when you have horrible hormonal chin acne, that’s an eternity.
This is why the idea of online dermatology services like YoDerm seem really appealing to me.
I didn’t know this until recently, but it’s a thing now. You can see a dermatologist online. You don’t even have to go to an office!
Take YoDerm, for instance. It’s an online dermatological service specializing in three issues — acne, wrinkles and lashes (Latisse). Instead of visiting their doctors in person in an office, you consult with them online.
You hop on their site, fill out your medical information, snap a few pictures of your face and pay $59 for a consultation. Then a board-certified dermatologist reviews everything, makes a diagnosis based on your pictures and info, and outlines a treatment plan. If it involves a prescription, they send it to a nearby pharmacy for you to pick up.
In most cases, they’re able to do this within 24 hours, so it’s fast. And convenient. You don’t even have to leave your couch.
If something like this had been available a few years ago when I was desperate to see a dermatologist for my acne, I might’ve considered it, at least for a first opinion.
Still, I have reservations… I mean, you only have one face, and I’m a little nervous about being diagnosed without seeing someone in person. I guess I’m old-school like that. When I go to a dermatologist’s office (and I’ve seen a few), I like to interact with them and ask lots of questions.
I’m curious, though. Plus, $59 for a dermatology consult ain’t bad.
Would you consider doing an online dermatology appointment, or have you had one before? What do you think?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy Saturday, my friend. What are you up to?