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.