Full Body Skin Exams

Full body skin exams are the surest way to understand your skin and prevent the development of suspicious – and potentially cancerous – growths, moles and lesions.

They are:

  • Quick procedures, usually taking only minutes to perform
  • Visual examinations done by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist
  • Comprehensive and cover your entire body, from head to feet
  • Completely pain-free; there are no needles or medical instruments used

Who Should Get a Full Body Skin Exam?

Anyone who has a personal or family history of skin cancer should consider making a full body skin exam part of their regular preventive care.

This includes those with:

  • Suspicious moles or skin lesions
  • Symptoms of early skin cancer
  • A history of previous skin cancer
  • 50 or more moles
  • Atypical (unusual) or large moles
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A history of multiple or severe sunburns

Full Body Exams Provide Peace of Mind

Even though full body exams seem simple, they are performed by physicians who have years of experience examining skin, so don’t underestimate their value. These exams actually provide an important baseline to care for your skin throughout your lifetime.

Also, don’t worry if the dermatologist doesn’t find anything during a full body skin exam. A negative finding, or the absence of suspicious growths is actually a positive health marker and translates into peace of mind for you, the patient.

Based on the results of your first full body skin exam, your dermatologist will determine how often you need to repeat the exam. In between appointments, if you do see a new or suspicious growth on your skin, you can always make an appointment for a follow-up exam.

Typically, full body skin exams are covered by most health insurance plans, and standard deductibles and co-pays apply. Currently, full body skin exams are not classified as “preventive” by federal health care laws.

Skin Cancer Screening

One in five people will develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime, which makes early detection of the disease imperative.

Fortunately, full body skin exams are designed to detect common skin cancers including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanomas.

If you have would like to schedule a full body skin exam, call (402) 933-0800 in Omaha and (402) 371-3564 in Norfolk.

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