Total Skin Examination
Dr. Holy recommends a baseline total body examination for all patients. This exam is used to identify worrisome lesions that require immediate intervention. It also helps us educate patients about areas or lesions that require long-term monitoring. Based on the examination and your personal history and family history, we make recommendations on how frequently you need a Total Body Examination.
Total Body Photography
For monitoring complicated skin, we recommend Total Body Photography. These photos provide state-of-the-art documentation of individual lesions; the system has the ability to compare lesions from year-to-year and marks lesions that are new or changed.
- The physical exam is similar to the traditional total body examination. However, suspicious lesions can be compared to previous photos, and sometimes a biopsy can be avoided.
- Total Body Photography provides the best documentation for both significant and “nothing” lesions allowing minimization of future biopsies and scars and is the gold standard for skin cancer monitoring.
What to Expect With Total Body Photography
- Photos are taken with underwear on; a solid color, preferably black, is required.
- Photos are kept secure and passcode locked.
Mole Mapping System
If you are concerned that new moles are developing on your body or that existing ones may change without being noticed, we offer a solution. FotoFinder is a computerized mole mapping system that allows Dr. Holy to create an accurate set of photos of your moles. We can supply you a CD or printouts of your photos for self-examination at home for a nominal fee.
Insurance coverage for Total Body Photography and the mole mapping system is variable and depends on documented risk.
If you are concerned about any areas on your body or just want to have a baseline check performed, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy.