Find out if you should be visiting us regularly for a professional skin exam.
While it seems like common knowledge to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and your regular doctor every year for a checkup, it might not seem quite as clear-cut whether you should be visiting our Chevy Chase, MD dermatologists, Dr. Samantha Toerge and Dr. Alicia Braun, regularly. Find out how often you might want to visit us to keep your skin feeling and looking its best.
Did you know that skin cancer affects about one out of five Americans at some point during their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology? While you may think it could never happen to you, it’s important that you continue to seek out your skin doctor for an annual visit. While you may already get a skin exam during your typical physical each year, it’s important that you have a skin care specialist to thoroughly examine your skin.
Plus, if your doctor does end up finding a suspicious growth or problem area they will most likely just refer you to a dermatologist anyway, so cut out the middleman and make sure you are coming in once a year to see us.
How to prepare for an exam before coming going to your Chevy Chase, MD dermatologists?
If you have any specific concerns about the health of your skin (or even your hair or nails) write it all down. For instance, some specific concerns could be trying to control your acne breakouts. You can even talk about hair loss or problems with thin, crumbling nails.
How can I detect skin problems myself?
Besides coming in for an annual exam, you should also be doing self-exams. The better you know your body the easier it will be to detect the slightest changes that could be the difference between getting an early diagnosis or treating cancer once it’s already spread. You should perform a thorough self-exam every month and write down any changes. If there is something that concerns you, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Chevy Chase Dermatology Center in Chevy Chase, MD is dedicated to providing you with the very best in skin care treatments. Call us today to schedule your next visit.