Total Body Skin Exams

prevention + detection

What is a total body skin exam (TBSE)?

During a Total Body Skin exam, your dermatologist will thoroughly check for moles or unusual conditions on your skin's surface. The doctors at The Dermatology Center strongly recommend a total body skin exam at least once per year. The Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true- the earlier skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat it successfully. Clinical skin exams are useful in early detection of skin cancers, such as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

What to expect from a TBSE?

Expect a 10-20 minute visit including a review of your medical history and a head-to-toe skin examination. This is a good time to ask about any suspicious areas on your skin you may be concerned about. If there are any suspicious findings and any relevant personal and family history, your dermatologist will suggest a follow-up schedule.  Total Body Skin Exams are considered preventative in nature and are therefore covered by most medical insurance plans.

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