Full Body Skin Exam
A total body skin exam is simply a thorough assessment of your skin from your head to the soles of your feet. The purpose of a total body skin exam is to analyze the overall health of your skin and to check for any skin conditions that may be of some concern. During this time, one of our providers will check any existing moles or skin tags for possible signs of melanoma and the severity of existing skin disorders. After a full exam, we will discuss your medical history and how you are currently caring for your skin. Together, you and your provider will come up with a treatment plan that will help to increase the health of your skin. Call Max Adler Dermatology in Dallas and Plano, TX today to schedule your private skin exam. We look forward to meeting you.
Types of Skin Cancer
Actinic Keratoses (AK)
- These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- This is the most common type of skin cancer and can look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- The second most common type of skin cancer. Often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then reopens.
- The deadliest form of skin cancer. Frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
Knowing the ABCDEs warning signs of Melanoma can help with early detection. ABCDE’s of cancer identification: asymmetry, border irregularity, color, diameter, evolution (from the American Academy of Dermatology).
A is for Asymmetry.
One half of the spot is unlike the other half.
B is for Border.
The spot has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
C is for Color.
The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red, or blue.
D is for Diameter.
While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser, when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
E is for Evolving.
The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
If you see any of the ABCDE’s of melanoma detection, contact Dr. Adler for a full skin exam.
Detection & Treatment of Skin Cancer or Other Dermatological Conditions
Signs of skin cancer
If Dr. Adler suspects skin cancer, he will perform a biopsy, where a small sample of cells is removed and screened for cancerous cells. If cancer is present, Dr. Adler will remove the cancerous growth and a small amount of the surrounding healthy tissue to ensure all of the cancerous cells are removed. If you have a skin cancer tumor removed, you should have screening appointments every six months, or what is recommended by Dr. Adler, to monitor your body for any new growths.
What to Expect in your Full Body Exam
We value all of our patients and work diligently to provide everyone with an outstanding experience. Our office was designed to create a tranquil and spa-like atmosphere just for you because we know that when you are relaxed and comfortable, we can best provide you with the care you need. On the day you come in for your appointment, you will be escorted to one of our private treatment rooms. Generally, we will have you remove any makeup and necessary clothing so your provider can see the full extent of your natural skin. Once you are ready and have changed into an exam gown, we will perform the exam. You can expect us to look in between your fingers, toes, and the bottom of your feet.
Get Your Skin Exam Today at Max Adler Dermatology
Don’t let shyness prevent you from coming in for an exam. If you prefer a limited exam, we will be happy to accommodate you. Your comfort is our top priority and we want to help you get the treatment and care you need. Receiving a total body skin exam once a year is key in early detection and diagnosis of harmful skin conditions. Simply use the contact form on this page, or call Max Adler Dermatology in Dallas and Plano, TX to schedule today.
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