Having your skin checked by a board-certified dermatologist is the best way to keep it healthy and free of health problems. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team can assess your skin and help you explore your best treatment options.

What is a Medical Skin Exam?

A medical skin exam, or skin check, is a process of assessing your skin from head to toe to check for concerns. It can also be used to look closely at specific spots on your skin to determine their causes and treatment options. A medical skin exam is designed to be the first step in your treatment process and help your dermatologist accurately diagnose your skin concerns.


How to Maximize Prevention and Repair the Damage

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Who’s a Good Candidate for a Medical Skin Exam?

Anyone concerned about their skin’s health is a good candidate for a medical skin exam. In fact, it’s recommended that you see a dermatologist at least once yearly to check for skin cancers or precancers. If you’ve had skin cancer in the past or are at a higher risk of developing it, you may need to see your dermatologist more frequently.

What Can I Expect From a Medical Skin Exam?

You should arrive at your medical skin exam wearing no nail polish, makeup, or elaborate hairstyles. Your dermatologist will examine your skin from head to toe, including areas like your fingernails, toenails, scalp, behind your ears, and genitals to check for concerns. Your dermatologist will use a specialized scope to look closely at any problematic areas like moles or precancers. A biopsy can be performed as well to check for cancerous cells. Afterward, you can return home.

Medical Skin Exam Aftercare

If your dermatologist did not perform a biopsy during your exam, then there’s no aftercare needed. If you did undergo a biopsy, however, you’ll be given aftercare instructions on how to care for your skin (including keeping it clean, bandaged, and protected from sunlight). The best way to keep your skin healthy is by wearing SPF 30+ daily, and applying it at least 15 minutes before you go outside. Additionally, don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sun-protective lip balm. Make sure to return yearly for a skin check so you can promptly treat any concerns before they become dangerous to your health.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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