Frequently Asked Questions
Skin Check Basics
When should I have a skin check?
Good question! Full body skin checks should be done annually depending on your skin type (see below). Think of it as your skin health warrant of fitness.
If you’re worried about a mole or spot it’s best to be checked out as soon as possible. Common warning signs are any spots that have changed colour, size, shape, become itchy or started bleeding. Those need to be checked right away.
After your initial skin check our specialists will advise how often you should return, for your best peace of mind.
Early detection is the best way to stay free of skin cancer for life.
WHAT IS MY RISK OF GETTING SKIN CANCER?
Do you have fairer skin? Did you tan a lot, or get sunburned a lot as a kid? Those things can mean you’re at greater risk. Remember that Kiwis have the highest rate of melanoma in the world! But with regular checks, you’re probably going to be good for life.
It’s important to have an initial mole map, then visit us regularly (we’ll give our recommendation) to detect any changes. Anything suspicious we can usually treat right away.
Can I check my skin myself?
At any rate, you should have a professional mole map so if anything ever develops, it can be easily spotted.
What is a mole map?
How should I prepare for my examination?
We recommend you wear something comfortable, and separate top and bottom clothing. You’ll be asked to undress to your underwear only. And don’t worry, we’ll provide you with a large towel to cover up with.
We have male and female specialists so you don’t need to feel awkward.
Note that we usually won’t check groin, breast, or buttocks, nor your scalp, except when it’s exposed. You should let us know if you have any moles or spots in these areas, but otherwise, you won’t need to expose yourself too much!
Please note that make-up or moisturiser can affect the process.
Do I have to get naked?
Is any treatment given during the examination?
Treatments such as cryotherapy are very easy and not too uncomfortable, and can quickly deal to spot which have the potential to become cancerous later. Age-spots and sun-spots may also be treated, “on the spot” so to speak.
If surgical removal is required, we’ll book you in with one of our skin cancer specialists for the soonest possible time.
If you think you may require treatment, or have any lesions you’d like treated for cosmetic purposes, let us know at the time of your booking.
Does the examination hurt?
Is the examination safe?
INSURANCE & REFERRALS
Am I covered by health insurance?
Do I need a GP referral?
We’re happy to send a report to your GP on request, it won’t cost anything. If your doctor has recommended you see a skin specialist, we’re happy to help.
Will this go on my medical record?
PRICE & PAYMENT
How much is a skin check vs a mole map?
Great question. A skin check is usually specific to a spot or lesion of concern, and can range in price from free (first time customer, one spot) to $149 for a consultation including up to 5 moles.
A mole map is a fully body check and imaging, which we consult for your next visit, usually annually. It is more comprehensive and part of your ongoing monitoring. Our price is normally $249 for an individual adult.
You can check our full range of appointment options, treatments and prices.
How does your membership plan work?
Our membership plan lets you make affordable monthly payments. It covers your annual or 6 monthly check, some treatments and procedures, and gives you a discount on other treatments, depending on the plan you choose.
See your membership page for details, you can sign up on the spot!
Can I buy someone else a consultation?
That’s a great idea and yes you can. Just drop us a line.
Where can I find step-by-step instructions to book a Virtual Consultation?
You can head on to our Virtual Consultation Instructions page to view the video. It also has the links to the forms you need to send us prior to the consultation.
What do I need to send prior to the consultation?
All patients need to send a clear photo of the moles or lesions of concern. You can upload them here. Remember to add as much information in the message box as you can. Include symptoms or features – itchy, crusty, bleeding, irregular, changed colour or size, etc.
If you are a new patient, in addition to the photos, you need to upload the patient form as well. You can download the form here.
Any tips to take a good photo of my moles or lesions?
Glad you asked. Here are some tips:
- Take the photographs in a well-lit room
- Ensure the camera lens is clean and free of debris
- Make sure each picture is sharply focused and centered
- Upload at the highest possible quality
- If you have hard to reach areas (e.g. back), we recommend you ask someone to take the photo for you