Full Body Exam in Birmingham, MI
Regular full body skin exams are the best way to detect skin cancer as soon as possible. At Clarkston Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologist performs skin exams to detect and assess suspicious spots for cancer. We understand that the thought of skin cancer can be frightening and you want a personalized experience without feeling like a number. The best way to achieve this is with a team that partners with you and does not ignore your concerns. We have proudly spent the last 14 years building relationships with our patients in Birmingham and Troy, Michigan.
What Is a Full Body Exam?
A full body skin exam is one of the most important steps you can take to detect skin cancer early when it has a very high cure rate without invasive treatment. A skin exam involves a thorough head-to-toe exam of your skin, including the scalp, mouth, hands, feet, eyelids, toenails, and extremities. Your dermatologist will check for signs of melanoma and look at unusual spots on your skin with a dermatoscope.
If a suspicious spot is found, your dermatologist will likely biopsy it by numbing the area and shaving a sample of the tissue for analysis or performing a punch biopsy. Results will generally be available in about one week. Unusual spots that do not require removal or biopsy may also be photographed so your dermatologist can check for any changes at your next skin exam.
A full body exam usually takes just 20 minutes and should be done once a year. During your appointment, your dermatologist will review your medical history and risk factors for skin cancer.
If areas that need treatment are identified, they can sometimes be taken care of during the same appointment with a skin biopsy or cryotherapy.
How Much Does a Full Body Exam Cost in Birmingham, MI?
The cost of a full body skin exam at Clarkston Dermatology depends on your health insurance coverage and other factors. We encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more about what you should expect during a body exam and your individual cost.
How Can I Prepare for a Full Body Exam?
Ahead of your full body exam, we recommend skipping any makeup or skin care products that mask the skin or make it harder for your dermatologist to see your natural skin. It can also be helpful to note any areas of concern or spots that you find suspicious so they can be addressed. Let your doctor know if there are any growths or moles that are new, bleed, itch, or have changed over time.
Don’t be afraid to mention any spots or areas that bother you such as skin tags. While your dermatologist will be focused on identifying potentially cancerous spots, you can discuss issues like skin tags and potential treatment options.
No one deserves to feel like just a number, but this can happen in the medical industry. At Clarkston Dermatology, we believe in delivering personalized care so you can be seen AND heard. We welcome patients in Troy, Birmingham, and the surrounding Michigan communities. Contact us to schedule a full body exam today to begin the journey to healthier skin. In the meantime, we encourage you to download “5 Reasons to Use Sunscreen” to learn more about protecting your skin and reducing your risk of skin cancer.