The most important service we offer at Skinwell is our Signature Skin Check.
What’s so special about a Skin Check at Skinwell?
Our skin checks are a comprehensive skin exam where we examine your skin from head to toe. What sets our exam apart is that we perform all of them using a Dermatoscope. No exceptions! The dermatoscope requires special training but allows the doctor to look deep into moles and make sure they are normal on a microscopic level. Not every Dermatologist knows how to do this, but Dr. Ava has trained under world experts in Dermatoscopy and has crafted her own expertise with this device.
What should I expect during the Skin Check?
First you will be shown to a completely private room where you will be given a gown. All clothing is usually taken off at your comfort, except for undergarments. When you are ready, the doctor will then enter the room and will begin the exam.
During the exam, your skin will be visually inspected and inspected using a Dermatoscope. The exam typically starts from your the top of your back. The doctor will examine each part of your skin working their way down to your feet, including the toes.
How often should a Skin Check be done?
A skin exam should be done yearly. In fact, it is one of the most important preventative checks you can get because most skin cancers if detected early are treatable.
What if its been a year since my last Skin Check and my mole looks the same?
We hear this alot. While a mole might look the same to the naked eye, it can change on a cellular level. These changes can easily be missed by the untrained eye. During the first, or baseline, each mole is assessed and a risk level of cancer is established for the mole. Based on this level of risk, a mole can be biopsied or followed.
Are there situations when I should get a Skin Check more often?
When a mole has a higher risk of cancer, we can sometimes monitor the mole more frequently. You may also get more frequent skin checks if you have active skin cancer or a personal or family history of skin cancer.