A skin exam performed by a dermatologist is often more detailed due to the rigorous training to become a board certified dermatologist – they are specifically educated to care for conditions that affect the skin. Dermatologists also know how to treat disorders that affect the hair, nails, and mucous membranes. And given that there are more than 3,000 known diseases that come under the practice of dermatology, anyone is at risk.
A skin exam of your entire body requires that every inch possible of your skin be examined, not just visible skin areas the sun touches. This is due to the fact that skin cancer is not always found on the skin that got the most sun. And melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, does not need any sun or tanning bed use at all.
To help you make the most of your appointment with a board certified Dermatologist at Spectrum Dermatology, please take note of the following tips so you know how to prepare for your routine full-body skin examination.
Your dermatologist at Spectrum Dermatology will consider all of your concerns in addition to performing a detailed check of your skin. If your dermatologist sees anything suspicious, they will discuss the concerns with you and explain what the next steps will be, if any. Early detection of any condition is always important, so even something that looks normal to you might be something that warrants further examination.