The Importance Of Regular Skin Exams

The Importance Of Regular Skin Exams

Like most people, visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup is probably part of skin checkyour normal routine. But are you making time in your schedule to visit your dermatologist? The physicians at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, with locations throughout New Jersey in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, want to see you once a year for a skin check. Here's why.

What is a skin check?

Skin checks from your dermatologist in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner or Bridgewater can take as little as 15 minutes. Your medical history will be reviewed and the medical professional, who has extensive training in recognizing suspicious lesions on the skin, will examine your skin. The reason behind a skin check from your New Jersey dermatologist is simple: the earlier skin cancer is found, the more chance of complete recovery from it. Regular skin checks also document and monitor any changes from year to year.

What happens during a skin check?

If during your visit to one of our Affiliated Dermatologists locations in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner or Bridgewater, your New Jersey dermatologist finds no moles or other skin problems that warrant further investigation, you'll make an appointment with our scheduling staff for the next year. However, if a mole with suspicious properties is discovered - one with various colors or a diameter larger than 5 millimeters, for example - your dermatologist will perform a biopsy or will remove it using a quick and painless process that uses a local anesthetic. It will then be sent to a laboratory for further investigation, and we will contact you with the results and any follow-up information.

Has it been awhile since your last skin check? Or maybe you've never had one? If so, contact Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons at one of our convenient New Jersey locations - Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, or Bridgewater - to schedule an appointment today!

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