Have you just booked your first appointment at Spot Check Clinic? Your skin check will go better if you’re properly prepared: make sure your skin is easy to examine and you have details of your previous skin and medical history.
Step 1: Complete the registration form
If you haven't already done so, please complete the Spot Check Clinic new patient registration form.
You can complete this form on your computer or phone and return it without printing it.
Step 2: Prepare your skin
Please don’t wear make-up or nail polish and make sure your skin is clean.
If there are any particular spots you are concerned about, consider marking your skin nearby to make sure they aren’t missed during the examination.
If your spot of concern is in a hairy area, you may wish to shave around the spot a couple of days before your skin check. If you wish to wax or shave a large area of skin, this should be done at least a week before your skin check so that pimples, ingrown hairs and scabs heal.
If you’ve had recent IPL or laser treatment to your skin, we recommend putting off your skin check for about a month as the IPL treatment can change the colour of your moles.
If you have applied fake tan or spray tan recently, we recommend putting off your skin check for about a month. (We can still check your skin if you are wearing fake tan, but it tends to change the appearance of your spots when examined and photographed.)
Dry skin can make spots harder to examine. We recommend that you keep your skin well moisturised. Ideally, you should moisturise any dry areas daily for a week or so before your skin check.
If you are having mole mapping, we recommend that you wear plain coloured underwear without a pattern.
Information to bring
If you've had a skin cancer previously, it's very helpful if you bring a copy of the pathology result.
If you've had photos taken of your spots or body regions previously, we can rephotograph the spots or body areas for comparison. Ask your previous skin cancer clinic if they can provide these photos in electronic format.