Most patients will have a full check, which is where the skin is examined with underwear being left on. Privacy is respected with examinations conducted with the patient in their underwear. However, a more limited examination may be performed if a patient so desires e.g. upper half only, exposed areas only, or even just a single spot.
Skin in the breast, genital, and buttock areas is not routinely examined, however skin cancers can occur in these regions and any suspicious lesions should be examined by the doctor. To facilitate a thorough examination, it is preferred that make up (especially foundation) and nail polish is not worn to the consultation.
During the procedure, the skin is examined without any instruments first, and then dermoscopy is performed using a hand held dermatoscope. Any spots of interest are recorded and analysed or biopsied if need be, usually scheduled in a separate appointment. Total body photography may be recommended if you are an appropriate high-risk patient, and this is arranged in another appointment.
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