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Skin exams and patient education are especially important for the early diagnosis of skin cancers. We offer full skin exams to identify suspicious lesions. The ABCDEs of moles and melanoma, recommendations for sunscreens and sun avoidance, and being educated on self-skin exams are part of our routine skin cancer exams. It is always recommended to ask for a gown for your full skin exam and ask questions about the ABCDEs, and sunscreens, and have all areas that concern the individual patient examined.
Skin exams should be done at least annually for most people in Florida. If you have a history of skin cancer or extensive sun exposure, then every 3-6 months exam may be recommended.

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are common skin cancers found in sun-exposed areas. These cancers are characterized by tender, non-healing, or bleeding lesions and are best diagnosed with a skin biopsy. Treatment options depend on the location and size of the tumor and are most effective when diagnosed early.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis, known as a precancerous lesion, is a common skin condition characterized by scaly, red bumps on sun-exposed areas. These lesions have the potential to develop into a skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma. There are many effective treatment options we can discuss depending on the location and number of lesions.

Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis is a common benign skin lesion characterized by brown, warty, stuck-on growths. These lesions are not contagious, do not spread, and are common as people age. Although treatment is not necessary, there are treatment options for irritated lesions. Learn more about Seborrheic Keratosis treatment, ESKATA.

Dysplastic Moles (Nevi)

Dysplastic moles (nevi), known as atypical moles, are common moles found to be in between a normal mole and melanoma when evaluated under the microscope by a pathologist. These moles have characteristics such as asymmetry, irregular borders, and color variation. Individuals with dysplastic nevi have an increased risk of developing malignant melanoma.


Eczema is a common condition characterized by areas of red itchy skin. Common types of eczema include contact (caused by the skin coming in contact with a product causing an allergic reaction) and irritant (caused by the skin coming in contact with an irritating product). Treatments include identifying the potential causes, avoiding potential allergic and irritating products, and topical creams to help reduce inflammation and symptoms.

Skin Exam Cost

The cost of a skin exam will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed.

Skin Exam FAQ

How often should I get a skin exam?

It is recommended to have a skin exam annually, but individuals with a history of skin cancer or other risk factors may require more frequent exams.

What happens during a skin exam?

A dermatologist will carefully examine your skin for any suspicious moles, lesions, or other abnormalities. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure.

Are skin exams only for detecting skin cancer?

While the primary goal is to identify skin cancer early, skin exams can also detect other skin conditions, infections, or abnormalities.

Is a skin exam necessary if I don’t have any skin issues?

Yes, skin exams are preventive measures. Early detection of skin cancer greatly improves the chances of successful treatment.

What should I do to prepare for a skin exam?

Make note of any unusual moles or skin changes, and inform your dermatologist about your personal and family medical history.

Is a skin exam covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover annual skin exams, especially if you have a history of skin cancer or risk factors. Check with your insurance provider for specific details.

Can I request a full-body skin exam?

Absolutely. If you have specific concerns or want a comprehensive assessment, discuss your preferences with your dermatologist.

Schedule a Consultation

Take charge of your skin health! Schedule your annual skin exam at Houck Dermatology to ensure early detection of any potential issues. Our experienced dermatologists provide thorough examinations, addressing your concerns and promoting skin wellness.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about the treatment of acne in Naples or Bonita Springs or would like to schedule a consultation at Houck Dermatology. We will build the ideal treatment plan for you in order to help you achieve smoother, more radiant skin.

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Estero Village Medical Center

10200 Arcos Ave, Suite 201 Estero, FL 33928

Serving Lee County including Estero, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.

Our Estero office is located on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway, across the street from Lowes in the Estero Village Medical Center.

Naples Newgate Center

5100 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 102 Naples, FL 34103

Serving Collier County including Naples, Golden Gate, Immokalee, and Marco Island.

Our Naples office is located on the east side of US 41, just south of Pine Ridge Road in the Newgate Center.

Monday 7am - 5pm

Tuesday 7am - 7pm

Wednesday 7am - 5pm

Thursday 7am - 7pm

Friday 7:30am - 5pm

Saturday 8am - 2pm

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