Total Body Skin Examinations

At Alliant Dermatology, our standard of care is total body skin exams. That means at your dermatology visit, we will ask you, “Would you like a total body skin exam?”
Why? Because...
  • Skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans
  • Skin cancer can appear anywhere there is skin from head to toe
  • Skin cancer is easily treatable when detected early
Our goal is early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. As Dermatologists, we’re committed to helping you maintain your skin health.  Here are the most common questions patients ask us regarding total body skin exams. If you have a question that we have not answered here, be sure to ask us during your next appointment.  

To schedule your total body skin exam, please call us at (352) 399-7295.  

WHEN SHOULD I START GETTING TOTAL BODY SKIN EXAMS?

We typically recommend you start having routine skin exams by the age of 35. However, if you have a family history of skin cancer, a history of tanning, or have lesions that are concerning, you should go ahead and make an appointment.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME FOR MY SKIN EXAM?

For patients who don’t have a history of skin cancer or abnormal moles, we recommend an in-office skin exam once a year. Those who have numerous concerning lesions or a history of skin cancer may need to come more often.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A SKIN EXAM?

Typically, you will be chaperoned to a private patient room and be given a gown or drape. You may undress to your level of comfort. For many people, this means removing all clothing except for undergarments. However, some people prefer to remove undergarments as well.

Your dermatology provider will carefully and intentionally review all areas of your body, including your scalp, face, ears, eyelids, lips, neck, chest, abdomen, back, arms, legs, hands and feet, including nails. You may request an exam of the breasts, groin, and buttock or you may decline.

Your provider will point out and discuss any concerning lesions as well as answer any questions you may have about what something is, what changes to watch out for, and what skin care regimen is appropriate for your skin type and needs. Be sure to ask your provider when you need to come back for another evaluation.

CAN I WEAR MAKEUP TO MY SKIN EXAM APPOINTMENT?

While you may wear makeup, even light makeup can obscure what your dermatology provider sees on exam. Therefore, we encourage you to remove your makeup prior to your appointment and reapply if desired before leaving.

I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING WORRISOME. WHY SHOULD I COME?

Having a skin exam isn’t just for worrisome lesions. A dermatology professional can also check hard-to-see areas, such as your scalp, back, and other difficult-to-assess locations. Moreover, dermatology professionals have a trained eye and can identify lesions that may have concerning features even if the lesion looks “normal” to you.

I DON’T WANT TO UNDRESS. CAN I STILL HAVE AN EXAM?

Your dermatology provider will never pressure you to undress or expose yourself in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. However, it is important to undress for a thorough exam, as concerning lesions can affect any area of the skin, including hard-to-see or non-sun-exposed places.

I NEVER GO IN THE SUN. WHY DO I NEED AN EXAM?

While ultraviolet radiation does play a large role in the development of skin cancer, skin cancers can also arise in skin that has not had much, or any, sun exposure such as the scalp, groin, or bottom of the feet. There is also a genetic component that can predispose otherwise unlikely individuals to skin cancer.