Full Body Skin Exam in Birmingham, AL
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and many conditions can affect not only the skin, but also the hair, mucous membranes and hair. A full body skin exam helps you understand any conditions that you may have or may develop in the future. Dermatologists of Birmingham offer full body skin exams for adults and children in Birmingham, Alabaster, Shelby and Chilton Counties and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is a Full Body Skin Exam?
The primary goal of a full body skin exam is to detect early signs of skin cancer, but the exam is also valuable for gaining a comprehensive understanding of skin health. The most positive health outcomes occur when a condition is found early, and this not only applies to skin cancer, but also with acne, rosacea, psoriasis and other problems that can worsen.
Benefits of a Full Body Skin Exam
A full body skin exam serves two roles:
- Detect any current issues with the skin, nails, mucous membranes and hair
- Provide a baseline for future screenings
The full body skin exam helps both you and your dermatologist. If you have ever noticed a new growth or dark spot on your skin, you understand how unsettling it can be to try to determine if the issue is new. With a full body skin exam, you can return to your dermatologist, and we will have a record of your full body skin exam from which to determine if the change is new or of concern. In this way, a full body skin exam gives you peace of mind.
How Do I Know If I Need a Full Body Skin Exam?
We recommend a full body skin exam for patients of all ages, including children.
What to Expect from a Full Body Skin Exam
A full body skin exam is a thorough examination of your hair, skin, nails and mucous membranes. In order to prepare for the appointment, we recommend:
- In the weeks prior to the appointment, take notes about any concerns you have, such as dryness, acne and unusual growths.
- Do not use or remove makeup, skin care products and hair products, such as hairspray and styling products, prior to the appointment.
The appointment begins with a review of your medical history, including conditions that have affected your skin. Your dermatologist will also ask about the time that you spend outdoors, such as the use of sunscreens and history of sunburns.
The dermatologist will start at your head and move down the body. Special attention is paid to areas that are prone to sun exposure, such as the ears, back of the neck and nose, as well as any freckles, moles and other abnormalities.
We may recommend further testing and screening based on the findings.
How Much Does a Full Body Skin Exam Cost in Birmingham?
A full body skin exam performed by a dermatologist will likely be covered by your medical insurance. We will verify your coverage before the consultation appointment. Your portion of the cost can be paid by cash, check and major credit cards. We also offer financing.
A full body skin exam is an excellent diagnostic tool used by dermatologists to provide exceptional care to children and adults. To learn more about the full body skin exams at Dermatologists of Birmingham, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.