Regular skin exams can help catch skin cancer and other health concerns as early as possible, ensuring a simpler and successful treatment. Baldone Reina Dermatology offers full body skin exams to patients living in the Northshore, Covington, Mandeville and New Orleans, LA.
What is a Full Body Skin Exam?
A full body skin exam is a thorough visual examination of the skin performed by a dermatologist. During the skin exam, the purpose is to seek out any unusual skin growths or lesions in order to catch skin cancer or other conditions before they become severe. In most cases, skin cancer develops in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms and neck. However, skin cancer can still develop in other locations, some of which you may not be able to see yourself. A full body skin exam can help you with areas you are not able to view. It also gives you a great opportunity to talk to your dermatologist about any concerns you may have.
How Much Does a Full Body Skin Exam Cost?
The cost of a full body skin exam may be eligible for coverage by your insurance provider. During your consultation, we will assess your coverage and any fees associated with your treatment in order to provide you with the full cost of your visit.
What Can I Expect from a Full Body Skin Exam?
During a full body skin exam, we will look at the skin from head to toe. We will give special attention to areas like the scalp, face, arms, hands and feet, which are most often exposed to the sun. We do not require an examination of the genital region, but we encourage patients to actively monitor these areas and notify us if they spot anything unusual. In fact, we encourage patients to share any of their skin concerns with us during their skin exam so we can provide the necessary care and expertise.
How Often Should I Have a Full Body Skin Exam?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, patients should have a full body skin exam annually, or once a year. This is especially true for patients who spend a lot of time in the sun or have other factors that make them more likely to develop skin cancer. Regular skin examinations can ensure that skin cancer is caught early, minimizing the effects it has on the body and increasing your chances for a successful treatment.
If you are overdue for a skin exam, contact us today to schedule yours at Baldone Reina Dermatology. We welcome patients from New Orleans, Slidell, Covington and the surrounding areas in Louisiana.