As your body’s largest organ, your skin both protects you and needs protection from external elements. Take care of your skin by visiting your dermatologist regularly. He or she can treat you for cosmetic concerns like wrinkles, skin conditions like acne, and deadly diseases like skin cancer. If you are visiting your dermatologist for the first time, this is what you can expect during your first appointment.
- Medical History Paperwork: While your lifestyle and habits can affect the state of your skin, genetics also plays a role in your skin’s health. Your doctor will examine and take notes about your skin, but be ready to share your medical history and other important information that may not be readily visible. Tell your dermatologist if someone in your family has or had skin cancer, for example, as this history can increase your own risk for the disease.
- Complete Examination: Even if your dermatology appointment is not one for skin cancer screening, your dermatologist may still perform a full body skin check. If you do not suffer from any visible skin conditions, your dermatologist will still thoroughly examine your skin for irregular moles or other signs of skin cancer. Taking notes on the current state of your skin can help both you and your doctor monitor for signs of changes over time. If you do have a skin condition like acne or eczema, your dermatologist will examine your skin and suggest appropriate treatment.
- Medicine/Biopsy: Depending on your reasons for the appointment, your dermatologist may provide you with a prescription or treatment plan to address skin concerns. If your dermatologist detects an irregular mole, for example, he or she may have the mole biopsied and tested for skin cancer.
For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.