Comprehensive Skin Check

A Comprehensive Skin Check is an examination which covers your skin head to toes. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive skin examination rather than just getting the doctor to examine the spots you are concerned about. About 80% of the cancers detected in this clinic are lesions the person did not know they had. Skin cancers are best treated as early as possible and having a regular Comprehensive Skin check is the best way to find them.

Despite this, it is important that you have any new or concerning spot looked at as soon as you become aware of it, however we recommend you have a comprehensive skin check at least every year. If you do have a concerning spot develop, please contact the clinic, and we will do our best to fit you in for a “single lesion check” as soon as possible.

At the time of your Comprehensive Skin Check you will be asked to remove your clothing but leave your underwear. Modesty sheets are provided so there is no need for you to be sitting there in only your underwear if you feel uncomfortable doing that!

The examination starts with you sitting on the side of the examination couch, and the doctor looking at your scalp. Just this part of the examination takes at least two to five minutes, depending on how much hair you have, and how much sun damage is present. He will then follow a systematic approach to ensure every part of your skin is examined thoroughly.

A Comprehensive Skin Check usually takes somewhere between 20 and 45 minutes, depending you your skin type, the amount of sun damage, your type and number of moles, and whether treatment needs to be conducted while the examination is done. The most usual treatment to be done in this way is treatment of early skin damage with liquid nitrogen therapy.

There are a number of other treatments that may be done at the time of your Comprehensive Skin Check, but these are either done at the end of the check, or at a separate appointment. The doctor will talk to you about what needs to be done as the examination progresses.