Skin Exams

Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A. -  - Dermatologist

Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A.

Dermatologist & Medical Aesthetic Specialist located in Columbia, MD

Skin Exams Specialist
Melanie L. Adams, MD, PA, brings comprehensive dermatological care to men and women in Columbia, Maryland, and the surrounding area. Extensive skin exams check your skin’s health and may reveal any moles or skin tags that warrant removal. The health of your skin can reflect the health of your body. Make an appointment with Dr. Melanie Adams today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Skin Exams Q & A

by Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A.

What are the benefits of a skin exam?

During a skin exam, Dr. Adams performs a visual inspection of the skin. The purpose is to:

  • Evaluate your skin health
  • Check for cancer
  • Diagnose any newly formed skin conditions

A skin exam typically includes areas you might not readily see on your own. In addition to your bare arms, legs, and chest, Dr. Adams looks at your back, behind your neck, your buttocks, and between your toes. Suspicious moles and lesions can appear anywhere, so it’s important to have a thorough, comprehensive exam.

How often should I have a skin exam?

You benefit from a home self-examination every month, especially if you’re particularly fair, have a history of skin cancer, or use tanning beds. Depending on your skin condition and risk, Dr. Adams may recommend you come in one or more times per year for an in-office exam.

Why would I need to remove a mole?

You may want to remove a mole for aesthetic or medical reasons. During a skin exam, Dr. Adams can identify suspicious moles that may be precursors to skin cancer. The mole excision procedure is typically quick and simple. In some cases, it may be more involved due to the type and condition of the mole.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are common, soft, small growths that protrude from the skin. The growths are completely harmless but can be annoying or aesthetically unappealing. Dr. Adams offers quick ways to remove skin tags with minimal pain and no downtime.

How does a dermatologist treat acne?

One of the most common skin conditions, acne symptoms range from mildly annoying to painful and serious. During an acne treatment consultation, Dr. Adams examines your skin, determines the possible causes of acne, and prescribes a variety of topical or oral medications to help correct your condition. She may also offer adjustments to your prescriptions and recommend other in-office treatment options, including laser therapy and chemical peels.

What treatments are available for eczema?

During a skin exam, Dr. Adams may identify or look at suspected patches of eczema. Eczema is characterized by tiny raised, red blisters or silvery patches on your skin. While eczema is a chronic condition without a cure, Dr. Adams can provide topical and oral medications to reduce the number of flare-ups you experience. In-office treatments using laser therapy may also help mitigate your symptoms.

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