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First derm appointment tomorrow! Have a question about confidentiality

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Hi guys! 

I have my first appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow and my mom is coming with me (I'm 17 years old). I have one concern about patient-doctor confidentiality. 

I have a tattoo (that my mother doesn't know about) that is visible if I pull my underwear down a bit, and I was wondering if the derm ever asks you to disrobe like they do at annual checkups. I'd like to keep my tattoo a secret to my parents until another time. Do you have any ideas on how to handle this? 

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I don't think a derm would ask you to do that unless you had something to show them near the area of your tattoo. If the concern is your face, then there should be no disrobing required.

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They don't make you disrobe. The only reason they'd want to see that area is if you had a skin problem there. They will have you sit down and solely look at your face 

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