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What should I expect at an office visit to a dermatologist?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
What happens during an office visit to a dermatologist depends on why you scheduled the visit. If you are having a scheduled skin exam, for instance, your dermatologist will examine your body for signs of skin cancer and other diseases. If a dermatologist finds a suspicious growth, he or she may order a biopsy, which involves removing a small piece of the skin to check for cancer. The skin sample is sent to a lab for evaluation.

If it's your first visit, your doctor will take a complete medical history. He or she will may about your occupation, your habits, and other information that can affect your skin's health.

If you have already been diagnosed with a skin condition, your dermatologist may use your office visit to examine your skin and discuss treatments. 

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