A dermatological skin exam involves a complete assessment of the patient's entire skin surface, hair and nails. During an examination any skin conditions found will be discussed with the patient to determine the proper treatment. Follow-up visits may be required in order to carry out the treatment plan or monitor the patient's status if multiple procedures or medications are required.
At Abrams Dermatology we stress the importance of conducting annual skin exams and like to teach our patients how to conduct initial self-exams at home. Please refer to the diagrams below for instructions on performing a self-exam.
Self-Examination for Melanoma
Practice Frequent Self-Exams
Remember! Prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma offers an excellent chance for a cure. If you have any doubt about a mole, see a dermatologist.