Dermatology-- Richfield
6425 Nicollet Avenue Suite 202
Richfield, MN 55423
612-869-2086

Our Promise to You

Your safety is our #1 priority. We have instituted all CDC, state and local health department and American Academy of Dermatology recommendations for safe practices in dermatologist's offices. These include but are not limited to-patient and staff screening, masks for patients and staff, social distancing, and strict cleaning and disinfecting between each patient encounter.

We’re here to serve our community. We now offer online dermatology visits and cosmetic consults through our telehealth platform. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call at (612) 869-2086 or schedule online. We will determine if a telehealth or an in-office visit is most appropriate for you during this time. Most insurances now cover online dermatology visits.

TELEHEALTH FAQs

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

There are still many reasons to schedule an appointment with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for this reason we’re remaining open on a limited basis. Some conditions will require an office visit while others can be handled via telehealth. Dermatology is a visual specialty that is perfect for a telemedicine consultation and dermatologists have been performing this type of care for decades. By scheduling a telehealth visit with us, we can help divert care away from overburdened urgent and emergency care facilities. 

What Conditions Need Immediate Care? (Telehealth or In-Office)

First and foremost, if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office. As a general rule, if a lesion is growing rapidly (i.e., significant change over a 1-3 month period), bleeding spontaneously, or painful, it is worth further evaluation. During this time, we may advise a preliminary telehealth visit as an initial evaluation, and may either provide reassurance or recommend a clinic appointment for a possible biopsy. 

Similarly, if you notice a mole that is changing in size, shape, color, or symptoms, or is showing features of the ABCDEs of melanoma, it should be evaluated by us, especially if you have a personal history or strong family history of melanoma. While many rashes can be managed very well via a telehealth visit, a rapidly expanding rash or a rash with other symptoms (such as fever or abdominal pain) will likely warrant an in-person visit. Additionally, any concern for an active infection that would require intervention - such as an infected cyst that needs drainage - may necessitate a clinic visit.

What Can Wait?

The American Academy of Dermatology has provided guidance on topics encountered by dermatologists. Among these guidelines is a recognition that each clinic will have to address their particular situation differently. However, certain restrictions are widely advised during the pandemic including elective procedures. Non-urgent medical conditions such as precancers (actinic keratoses), cysts, acne, rosacea, and hair loss are also being routinely deferred, as are chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Furthermore, in-person evaluation of limited rashes and stable skin lesions should be delayed. Regular skin checks for patients without a history of melanoma or aggressive skin cancers are also being pushed back by most practices.

Can Telehealth be used for Cosmetic Dermatology Consultations?
Yes, we’re currently offering cosmetic consults through this platform. If you’d like a cosmetic dermatology consultation, please call our sister clinic, Zel Skin & Laser Specialists at 952-929-8888 to set up an appointment. They’re affordable at $50 out-of-pocket per visit. We will not bill your insurance for this type of appointment. 

Is This Service Covered by Insurance?
Most visits are now covered by insurance, including Medicare. Call your insurance provider to see if it’s covered under your plan.

Whom Can I Schedule a Telehealth Appointment For?
You can schedule an online dermatology visit for yourself or a member of your family including children over age 8.  Children younger than 8 need to be seen by our dermatologists in our clinic.

What If I Need a Skin Biopsy or In-Office Procedure?
If your doctor determines that an in-office procedure is needed, they will discuss this with you during your online appointment. A team member will then call you to schedule an in-office visit as soon as possible. Additional visit costs or insurance claims will apply.

Are My Personal Health Information and Photos Kept Confidential?
Yes! Our online dermatology care platform is secure and HIPAA and HITECH compliant.

 

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At Southwest Dermatology Specialists, we believe that a doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual's dermatology needs.

Our physicians spend most of their time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that general pain is relieved, problems are resolved and your health improves.

We also want our patients to be informed about skin problems and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with dermatology and dermatological diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your skin needs and care.

We also know that convenience in the Richfield area is important to your selection of a dermatologist. In these web pages you'll find information about Southwest Dermatology Specialists' office, including our Richfield location, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have or to request an appointment. We hope you'll find our practice offers the accessibility and personal commitment you look for from a physician.

 

 

Office Hours

Mon: 08:30AM - 04:00PM
Tues: 08:30AM - 04:00PM
Wed: 08:30AM - 04:00PM
Thurs: 08:30AM - 04:00PM
Fri: 08:30AM - 12:00PM

Select Saturday Appointments Available

FAX: 612-869-4903

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