A yearly skin exam is the single best thing you can do to take care of the largest organ of your body—your skin. Only a dermatologist has the skills, training, and technology to diagnose skin cancer and other disorders early. Spectrum Dermatology offers four convenient locations throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, and each office is home to large collections of cutting-edge technology. Patients enjoy access to the widest array of laser skin resurfacing technologies in the region along with compassionate and highly-qualified experts.
There are over 3,000 skin diseases. Melanoma is the deadliest form of any skin cancer, and prevalent in four percent of skin cancer cases. Many people connect acne with dermatology, but it is a medical specialty that treats so much more. Although acne can be a chronic and painful condition, sometimes leading to permanent scarring, dermatologists also treat disorders of the hair, mucous membranes, nails, and numerous additional skin complaints.
A skin exam is a relatively quick and easy examination of the entire body. During the procedure, the dermatologist is largely checking for atypical moles which may be a sign of skin cancer. Spectrum Dermatology is one of the few dermatology clinics in the region that offers Mohs surgery. Mohs blends dermatology with pathology, and skin is biopsied on-site during a single appointment. Mohs can be an effective tool in treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Skin exams are also an opportunity to identify a wide range of issues, from troubling acne to rosacea, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, and more. With so many skin conditions, it is easy for patients to confuse one for another. However, at-home treatments aren’t always effective, and they are never effective when the wrong issue has been self-diagnosed. During a yearly skin exam, your dermatologist will discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Treatments can be recommended for a wide range of complaints.
Your skin exam is your chance to ask questions, learn more about proper skin care, and get the latest tips on preventing sun damage and skin cancer. There are a lot of myths and outdated information still being passed around. Get the latest information, like which is the best sunscreen to use in Hawaii now that so many brands have been banned. The best skin care starts with knowledgeable insight from a dermatologist you trust.
"I would follow Dr. Catherine Chen-Tsai to the moon. Best dermatologist I have encountered. She is thorough, patient-focused, and passionate about her profession. I have followed her to her current practice as she has treated me for ten years."
"The doctor was extremely kind and told me I was misdiagnosed by another doctor!!! I was put on the right treatment for my skin condition and there are already major results 24 hours later. So thankful for spectrum and their doctors, getting closer to having normal skin again!"
"Dr. Kim is the best! Very prompt and professional. Explains the options and what to expect from the treatment she recommends."
"We did not wait longer than ten minutes from the time we checked in with the front desk. Our wait time in the exam room was less than five. Pretty impressive for the later part of the day! We will happily return to Spectrum Dermatology for any future skin issues!"
"The office was spotlessly clean, the waiting area was very nice, the staff was very friendly and helpful, the doctor was professional and knowledgeable. I was given time to ask questions and received easy to understand answers. I will be back!"
"I have been a patient for over a year and would recommend anyone looking for a dermatologist to contact Spectrum Dermatology and ask to meet with Dr. Jeffy."
"I was in today for an appt. with Dr. Thosani, who is a wonderful Doctor. I am 72 and I don't get impressed very easily. She is always very professional and gentle."
"Everyone at the Tatum location has been awesome to work with. They explain the risks, the process, and make it as painless as possible."
"I have taken my wife to Dr. Kim for a few of her appointments. She is without a doubt the best at what she does. Excellent bedside manner, very professional and yet, so down to earth to make you feel at ease."
"My many questions were answered thoroughly and I was not made to feel rushed. I felt very comfortable during the exam due to Dr. Jeffy's demeanor. I highly recommend Spectrum Dermatology."
Just like any medical appointment, you want to be prepared for your skin exam. It is a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you have in advance, so they are not forgotten during an appointment. For those who have a lot of moles they would like checked, it might be a good idea to circle them with a pen in advance. Dermatologists are the only trained professionals who can identify an atypical mole on site, but a patient’s intuition and personal experience with mole changes is just as important. If you want a professional to take a closer look at any lesion, that is always available at Spectrum Dermatology.
Make the most of your yearly skin exam with these additional tips:
All concerns will be addressed during a yearly skin check. If anything is suspicious, your dermatologist will explain next steps and what you can expect as far as testing or treatment. Detecting problems early is key for a fast and effective treatment. The sooner an issue is diagnosed, the less invasive the treatment.
When was your last skin exam? An annual check is a must for every person, regardless of age, medical history, or how many moles they have. Connect with our board-certified providers at Spectrum Dermatology today. Schedule your appointment for a skin cancer screening by calling (480) 948-8400.