How to Save your Skin in 15 minutes.
Life in the Lowcountry means time outdoors
If you live in the Lowcountry, no doubt you spend hours each day outdoors. We are blessed with a moderate climate and sunshine throughout the year. Being outdoors for work, fun or just driving somewhere causes damage to your skin that over time can develop into skin cancer. So all those little bumps and spots on your back, chest, arms, legs, ear and face need watching.
Give our skin care professionals a few minutes to check you. Many of our patients schedule their regular Full Body Skin Exam annually, yet some shy away from this life saving appointment just because of the name. So let us lessen concerns by describing exactly takes place during this appointment.
A full body skin exam takes about 15 to 20 minutes start to finish! For your appointment, wear clothing that is easy to change in/out of, as you’ll be asked to remove outer layers of clothing, leaving undergarments on, and cover up with a medical gown. Bring a written list of questions or notes about suspect areas or moles you would like our provider to look at during the exam.
What happens during the actual skin screening?
During the exam our provider checks each area of your body one at a time – e.g. your left arm, chest, right arm, back, legs – while you are wearing the medical gown.
He or she, may make notations about any lesions noticed or ask questions regarding the history of lesions or other factors contributing to skin care or conditions. Other conditions can also be noted during this time such as acne, eczema, rosacea or warts.
You can expect two professionals in your procedure room during an exam – the dermatologist or physician assistant and a medical assistant. Female patients will always be accompanied by a female chaperone during exams. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam in order to provide the best care possible.
A visit with our medical staff includes tips about protecting your skin, including advice about sunscreens and clothes with SPF protection.
After your screening
At the end of your exam, we may recommend a follow-up appointment if additional care is needed, or a follow-up full body skin exam of 3, 6 or 12 months. If you have a history of skin cancer or suspicious lesions, we may prefer to keep you on a closer schedule to monitor changes.
Any products recommended are available when checking out. Most insurers cover the cost of complete body screening. If you’re insured, your exam will be filed to your insurance with only your co-pay, which is dependent on your individual plan, due at time of checkout.
But if you don’t have insurance, we’ll do the exam for $75*. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call us or complete the request for appointment using the link below.