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General Dermatology –Total Body Photography

Dayton Skin is the only practice in the area using a combination of Total Body Photography and Dermoscopy to detect skin cancer earlier for high-risk patients. Total Body Photography involves creating a body map of the whole skin with a High Definition camera. It gives a baseline to work from and allows the ability to review all areas of the skin for any future changes. Body mapping is a great tool for the diagnosis of Melanoma because 70% of Melanomas arise as new moles. Objective measurements include a change in color, size and symmetry. The Total Body Imaging photos are copied to a jump drive for patients to allow for self-checking between full skin exams with the dermatologist.

In addition, Dermoscopic images may also be taken. Using a Dermoscope (a magnification device), a trained physician can see the structures below the skin surface with cross polarized light and 10-times magnification. Taking dermoscopic photos of physician-chosen lesions and monitoring for subtle change over time is the most precise method for making an earlier diagnosis of skin cancer in high-risk patients. Both the images from TBP and Dermoscopy will be kept on file and monitored for changes.

Dayton Skin has the only dermatologists certified in Dermoscopy in the Midwest region. Furthermore, all Medical Assistants and Dermatologists have had intensive training for Total Body Photography ensuring that all patients will receive the highest quality of care.

What Is Total Body Photography?

Total Body Photography (also known as TBP or whole body imaging) is the process of taking high quality images of your skin from head to toe to help your doctor monitor and assess your moles.

Benefits of TBP

There are many reasons why TBP may be a good idea for you. Some of the most important reasons are that it:

  • Imaging and tracking of all of your moles
  • Providing reassurance by allowing
    professionals to detect any concerns as early
    as possible to reduce the need and risk of
    more advanced procedures

Who Should Consider TBP Services?

Certain risk factors may increase your chances of
developing skin cancer. Patients may benefit from
TBP services in addition to regular self skin checks.
Some risk factors include:
∞ Having many moles (more than 50)
∞ Having a personal history of skin cancer
∞ Having an immunosuppresive condition
∞ Taking immunosuppressive medication
∞ Having a family history of skin cancer
∞ Having large moles (more than 1cm in diameter)
∞ Having extensive sun damage
∞ Use of sunbeds
Please discuss with your physician whether TBP is
recommended for you.

Helpful Tips

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Make sure your skin is moisturized and not dry A suntan or sunburn can change the appearance of moles on your skin If you wish to shave or wax before your check-up, please do so several days beforehand

How To Prepare For Your Session

When you arrive at the clinic, you may be asked to:

  • Remove jewelry, makeup and self tanner

  • If you are 16 or younger a parent/legal guardian must be present during the appointment

  • Tie up long hair

  • Please notify the technician if you have any moles or areas of concern underneath your underwear or on your scalp

  • Remove your outer clothing in a private setting

What to Expect: A Step by Step Guide

  1. A trained professional will provide a brief overview of the session
  2. You will be led to a private area within the exam room to disrobe.
  3. You will be slowly guided through the poses to ensure that your skin is imaged at a comfortable pace
  4. The information will be securely recorded in the system for your doctor to take the necessary next steps
  5. If a doctor finds a suspicious mole, they may take a magnified image of your skin with a tool called a dermoscope to review the mole in greater detail

What’s Next?

Check your skin! Perform a self-exam every one to three months to help you get to know your moles and notice any potential changes over time. Your doctor may provide you with secure access to your data via the patient app as a way to keep you informed of your skin health plan.

For more information and pricing on Total Body Photography please call 937.293.5567