• How often should I have a physical exam?

    For anyone under the age of 40, I recommend that you come in for your complete physical exam, and if there are no medical issues whatsoever, then I would usually recommend a repeat physical exam in 2-3 years. Women under 40 will still need their annual Pap smears and breast exams, which may be done by her gynecologist. If any problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol are diagnosed, or if you have had a history of heavy sun exposure and you do not see a dermatologist on a regular basis, then you should come in at least once a year for a full exam. Beginning at the age of 40, I recommend that all men and women come in once a year for their complete physical exams, as there are important screening tests and exams that should be done annually. Not only are there many medical problems that do not present with any symptoms and should still be treated early, but there are also many medical problems that can be prevented if we are proactive in managing your health.