Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and a full body skin exam is one of the most effective methods for detecting this and other skin conditions, Dr. Keith Llewellyn offers a full body skin exam for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California.
What is a Full Body Skin Exam?
A full body skin exam and self-monitoring of your skin for suspicious, new or changing skin lesions can lead to early detection of pre-cancers, atypical moles, and skin cancer. During a full skin exam appointment, Dr. Llewellyn and our physician assistant perform a very thorough skin cancer screening and skin check by examining your skin from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet as melanoma can occur anywhere.
How Much Does a Full Body Exam Cost?
If you desire, cost can be discussed during your office visit. Cost will vary depending on what, if any, procedures are performed during your visit. If we are providers for your insurance, we can bill your insurance for most medical problems and surgical procedures. If you are self pay or we do not accept your insurance, we can provide you with a quote for an initial office visit cost over the phone prior to your appointment. This quote, however, does not include any procedures that may be advised and performed during your visit. See our financial policy for additional information. Our payment options include cash and major credit cards. You can learn more on our financing page.
What Are the Benefits of a Full Body Exam?
Full skin examinations can lead to early detection of precancers, atypical moles and skin cancer. Early detection and treatment lead to higher cure rates, smaller surgeries, and better cosmetic outcomes.
Am I a Candidate for a Full Body Exam?
In addition to self monitoring, an annual skin cancer screening by a dermatologist is recommended. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, a fair skin type, a history of moderate to severe sun exposure, many moles, new or changing skin lesions, sores that don’t heal or heal and recur in the same location, a fixed red scaling “rash” that does not go away you would be a candidate for a full body skin exam. Patients with a history of melanoma should be examined every six months for the first five years following their diagnosis and then once a year thereafter.
What Should I Expect from a Full Body Exam?
It is best if you arrive makeup-free and are able to inform the physician of any new or changing spots that cause you concern. A full body exam can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes depending on your age and the condition of your skin. Prior to getting into a gown, our medical assistants will ask you if you have any particular spots of concern. Please inform us of any new or changing moles or other skin lesions so that we can evaluate those during the skin check. Once in a gown, you will be examined from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet as melanoma can occur anywhere, including areas where the sun rarely shines. If you do not wish to have certain areas examined, please inform our staff. If lesions of concern are found, they will be discussed with you. They may be biopsied or treated during the skin cancer screening or an appointment may be scheduled at a later date to address them.
Aloe Dermatology offers a full body exam for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California. Full body exams are recommended for early detection of skin cancer and other dermatological concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.