For a Whole Body Check (WBC), please allow up to 45 minutes. You will be asked to undress to your underwear; a gown is provided. If possible, remove nail polish and avoid heavy makeup.
A qualified practitioner will note down relevant medical history before conducting a comprehensive examination of your skin using a hand-held dermatoscope (a specialised magnifier for viewing the skin), to check your skin for unusual lesions, spots, freckles and moles. Locational photos and anything suspicious will be photographed using High-Resolution Digital Photography. The resulting images are stored securely on our state-of-the-art Canfield Mirror Dermagraphix Body Mapping Software for future comparison. This greatly improves the accuracy and monitoring in follow-up skin checks.
Research shows about 80% of melanomas appear as new spots on the skin and about 20% will arise from an existing mole. A combination of dermatoscopic and clinical photography allows us to keep an eye on suspicious moles. By keeping track of their size, shape and colour we can quickly identify if a mole has changed and take appropriate action early. With a record of your existing lesions from your previous visit, new ones are easy to spot and record.
You may have lesions that require treatment with Liquid Nitrogen (cryotherapy), or require a punch biopsy during the appointment. If an excision is necessary, this will be discussed at the time and a further surgical appointment booked. Torbay Skin is well equipped with a dedicated theatre.