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Why Full-body Skin Exams Cannot Be Combined with Other Appointments

If you’re considering booking a full-body skin exam, it’s probably because you understand the importance of being proactive in your skin health. After all, exams are essential for detecting early signs of skin cancer and other dermatological issues before they become serious.

At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, full-body skin exams are conducted as standalone appointments. This allows our providers to give their undivided attention to detecting and addressing any potential skin concerns without distractions.


What are Full-body Skin Exams?

A full-body skin exam is a thorough check-up of your skin from head to toe. During this exam, your dermatologist will meticulously inspect your skin for any signs of suspicious lesions or irregularities. This detailed examination is crucial for the early detection of skin cancer, as well as for monitoring any changes in your skin’s condition over time.

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Why Full-body Skin Exams Require Dedicated Appointments

Nature of the Exam

During a full-body skin exam, your dermatologist will carefully examine all areas of your skin, including areas that are not regularly exposed to the sun. This level of thoroughness leaves no time to discuss or treat unrelated skin issues in the same visit.

Time for Education and Discussion

After the exam, your dermatologist will need time to educate you on your skin health, discuss their findings, and answer any relevant questions you may have. The educational component of these appointments cannot be skipped, as it helps ensure your skin remains healthy until your next annual skin exam.

Other Types of Stand-alone Appointments at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers

While we pride ourselves on thorough examinations and effective treatments, certain conditions and treatments also require their own dedicated appointments:

  • Accutane Consultations: These require discussions on the effects, monitoring, and compliance with treatment protocols, which need undivided attention from both you — the patient — and the provider.
  • Localized Skin Conditions: Appointments for specific issues, such as rashes, nail disorders, and hair problems, focus on those particular concerns to provide targeted and effective treatments.
  • Procedural Appointments: Treatments are scheduled separately to ensure precision and safety, and this time cannot be used to discuss new or unrelated skin concerns.

Separate Appointments Help Us Deliver the Best Care

By scheduling separate appointments for different types of visits, we ensure that each patient receives the most effective and safe treatment. This approach minimizes the risk of errors, allows for better patient-provider communication, and improves overall patient satisfaction.

We understand the value of your time and strive to make each visit as productive and informative as possible. If you have multiple skin health concerns, please discuss them with our team when scheduling your appointment. We will advise you on the best way to address all your needs in a timely manner.

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