Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about Skin Scan Clinic's mole and skin scanning services? Browse our FAQs below. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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  • First Full Body Mole Microscopy check and mole scanning: $225 (Web bookings allowed)
    • – Full Body Images by our dermal therapist or Mole Microscopy Nurse
      – Advice about protection and skin care
      – Comprehensive Check
      – Full body mole microscopy Check by the Doctor – you will always see a doctor with special qualifications in Skin Cancer detection and surgery.
      – Designed for comparisons over time.
      – Access to own records if needed via an App
      – PDT (Photodynamic Treatment) and surgery available at the same surgery by the same Doctor that saw you.

  • Follow up Full Body Mole Microscopy, Scanning and AI Comparison: $225 (Web bookings allowed)
    • – Full Body Images by our dermal therapist or Mole Microscopy Nurse
      – Advice about protection and skin care
      – Comprehensive check
      – Full body Mole Microscopy Check by the Doctor – you will always see a doctor with special
      qualifications in Skin Cancer detection and surgery.
      – Comparison of all full body and mole microscopy images previously taken
      – Access to own records if needed via an App
      – PDT (Photodynamic Treatment) and surgery available at the same surgery by the same
      Doctor that saw you.

  • Spot Check: $90
    • Only recommended for people with low risk skin that only has 2-3 spots of concern.

  • What’s the difference between skin scanning and mole scanning?
    • With our new technology, Mole scanning and Full body skin scanning are very similar. It is a matter of different terminology. The body is photographed section by section. A visual check of moles will be done and moles that look atypical or abnormal are scanned and photographed by a powerful camera with a powerful dermascopic lens. These images can be compared with later images taken at regular intervals, to assess for any change.

  • What happens in a skin scan?
    • The majority of patients will have a Full Body Imaging and Scanning, which is where the skin is examined with underwear being left on. A sheet/blanket will be provided and only certain areas will be exposed for examination. Skin of the breast and genital areas are not routinely examined, so you will need to advise the doctor if there are spots in these areas that you would like checked.

      To facilitate a thorough examination it is preferred that make up (especially foundation) and nail polish are not worn to the consultation.

      It is recommended for men with lots of Body hair to shave/remove it before coming for full body imaging. It helps with the accuracy and detecting changes in full body images.

      Treatment will be discussed at the time of consultation.

  • Can I bring a support person to my appointment?
    • Yes, you are more than welcome to bring a support person to your appointment.

  • Do I need a Spot Check or a Full Body Scan?
    • For some people, a consultation at the Skin Scan Clinic is all that is necessary – referred to as a Full Basic Skin Examination. Scanning will not be done.

      Although, Full Body Imaging is the most effective tool to detect change in moles over time as well as detecting new skin lesions.

  • Does skin and mole scanning hurt?
    • Absolutely not! Skin scans are completely pain-free.

  • How long does it take to complete a full body mole scan?
    • Full body skin and mole scans can take about 30-40 minutes, depending on the number of moles on your skin.

  • How often should I have a skin scan?
    • During your skin scan, we will talk to you about your moles and skin, and the character of your moles. We will then be able to advise when you should have your next scan – whether it’s yearly or sooner if you have any suspicious spots.

  • I use an iPhone app to examine my skin. It’s indicated a concerning mole. What do I do?
    • We can help. We will begin by assessing the suspicious mole, and removing the mole surgically if required.

  • Can children have a mole scan too?
    • Yes, we are happy to do full scanning or only a spot check.

  • What do I wear to a skin scan?
    • Total body photography at the Skin Scan Clinic uses a discreet protocol. The photographic session will last around 20 minutes. You do not need to remove your underwear, but they should be of a brief style that does not obstruct too much skin surface, and preferably neutral in colour (skin-toned or grey) without dots and lines.

  • What happens if I have moles that need removal?
    • After assessing your moles, we will advise if any need to be removed. All removals are carried out by Dr Fourie at the Skin Scan Clinic. The surgery would be done under local anaesthesia, with fine suturing to close the defect. If time allows, the mole removal may take place during your skin scan appointment.

      You can request to go to your doctor for mole or skin lesion removal. In that case, Skin Scan Clinic would provide our assessment and recommendations to your doctor.

      More complicated procedures will be referred to a plastic surgeon. You can request a preferred plastic surgeon or Dr Fourie can recommend a plastic surgeon to you.

      If multiple moles need to be removed, a quote can be provided before surgery is done. The specimen will be sent to Pathlab for histological analysis and a report will be provided within 10-14 days.

       

  • How do I prepare for a skin scan?
    • Please remove makeup or any fake tan product, to ensure the accuracy of the scanning process. Please remove nail polish as your toes and fingers will also be examined. We recommend not exercising immediately before your appointment, as sweaty skin can complicate the scanning process. If you work in a dusty environment, we recommend you shower to remove the dust. Children under 10 years of age are not allowed while having a skin Scan.

  • What if I only want you to check my back and arms?
    • Limited Area Imaging can be performed if a patient so desires e.g. back, arms or face.

      This is not really recommended because some melanomas are picked up that the patient are aware

  • Limited area imaging $195 (Please phone 0800272337 to book)
    • Contact clinic for more information.

Welcome to the new website for SkinscanningNZ

SkinscanningNZ has been rebranded and now known as the Skin Scan Clinic.

We still offer the same affordable mole mapping service in Hamilton; just under a new name.