Full Body Photography

Full Body Photography and Mole Mapping

Keeping track of the changes on your skin can help you act when you notice something suspicious. At Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic, we provide full-body photography and mole mapping services to detect skin cancer.

What is Full Body Photography?

Full body photography, also known as Total Body Photography or more mapping is a screening measure that is used to assess or map moles on the body. The purpose is to keep track of moles to detect changes in shape, size, or color with every scheduled visit. This information will assist the skin specialist in detecting signs of skin cancer, including melanoma or superficial skin cancers.

How is Full Body Photography Performed?

Full body photography or mole mapping is performed by taking digital images of the whole-body surface. You will be required to undress to your underwear and digital images are taken of the entire skin surface. The images are then uploaded to a body imaging software for examination. The software will examine the images and highlight the changing or new lesions on the skin. Each set of images is compared to former image records to track changes in moles, spots, or lesions.

Is Full Body Photography Right for Me?

Full body photography is recommended for all patients as an adjunct to a standard skin check. Patients who have more than 50 moles are highly recommended to undergo full-body photography. It is a great way to monitor moles that are not easy for clients to check, and it also assists with monitoring large or suspicious-looking moles.

 

If you have a family history or personal history of skin cancer such as melanoma, then full-body photography is a simple and effective way to stay ahead of skin cancer.

 

For those with fair skin and who have been previously sunburned, full-body photography is an important step in managing their skin health. Clients with freckles and specific types of moles are advised to undergo regular mole mapping.

Full Body Photography is Suitable for Individuals Who Have:

  • Standard skin checks
  • More than 50 moles
  • Dysplastic or atypical naevi, which are large moles with suspicious colours or shapes.
  • Moles that are located on the back that are difficult to monitor.
  • A personal or family history of melanoma
  • Fair skin that has suffered severe sunburn
  • Concerns about specific moles, freckles, or marks that have changed in appearance.

Can I Assess My Moles or Spots Myself?

While most people perform a self-exam of their skin, it is simply not possible to remain up to date on each mole or spot on your body. Mapping technology will generate a computerized image of each mole. It will compare these images over a period to determine how much and the types of changes that have occurred. It can also determine whether a new spot or lesion has formed.


If you have many moles or are concerned about the spots, bumps, and marks on your body, we recommend consultation with our skin specialists. The mapping procedure is quick and effective and will help detect changes that indicate skin cancer. This will help you receive early intervention and a treatment plan.

How Often Should Mole Mapping be Performed?

Mole mapping should be performed every 1 to 2 years. Certain types of moles may need to be mapped every 3 to 6 months, but this depends on the doctor’s recommendations.

Why Should I Have Photographic Skin Surveillance?

When you live in a sunny climate such as Queensland, there is a high risk of developing melanoma. Regardless of your skin type or the number of moles on your body, when you are exposed to the sun’s UV rays or have a history of skin cancer such as melanoma, mole mapping becomes imperative. It means the difference between detecting the signs of skin cancer at the earliest stage or requiring lengthy treatment and surgical procedures for its management.

 

Taking care of your skin is one of the most important steps you can take to protect against the development of severe skin cancer.

If you are interested in full-body photography or have noticed changes in your skin, you can contact us to schedule your next appointment. Our expert doctors are available to help you understand the process and will guide you every step of the way. To take control of your skin health and future well-being, you can rely on us for professional advice.

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We recommend a consultation at the clinic with one of our highly trained specialists for an individualised skin plan to give you the radiant skin that you have been longing for