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Everyone can benefit from visiting their dermatologist once a year.
When was the last time you had your skin evaluated by a medical professional? Most people probably can’t remember the last time they saw a dermatologist, if ever. That’s because, unless you’re dealing with stubborn acne or other skin problems you may not be turning to your dermatologists for regular checkups and skin exams in Wellesley, MA.
Skin Cancer is the Most Common Type of Cancer
Skin cancer impacts millions of Americans each year, which is why it’s so important that you are taking annual skin exams seriously. After all, your dermatologists know what to look for and have the tools to evaluate moles and growths that you might miss.
Just as your dentist removes plaque and tartar buildup in places that were hard for you to reach with your at-home toothbrush, an annual skin exam allows our team to be able to check all areas of your body such as the scalp that may be harder for you to examine yourself.
Know Your Risk Factors
While everyone should get an annual skin exam, it’s particularly important that people who spend a considerable amount of time outdoors get checked regularly. It’s easy for new growth to pop up or a mole to change color and shape. Not all skin cancers look suspicious to you, but our team knows what to look for. People at an increased risk for skin cancer include:
- People with fair skin, light hair, and light eyes
- People who spend considerable time outdoors
- People who do or have spent time in tanning beds
- Anyone who’s experienced at least one sunburn
- People who don’t wear sunscreen
- Anyone with a large number of moles
- People with a family history of skin cancer (including non-melanoma skin cancer)
Know the Warning Signs
While an annual skin exam in Wellesley, MA, can help us detect skin cancer early in our patients, it’s also just as important that you perform regular monthly exams on yourself so you may be better equipped to tell when a mole or growth could be cancerous. Some warning signs include:
- An asymmetrical growth or mole
- A mole with blurry or poorly defined borders
- A mole with changing colors or multiple colors
- A mole that is larger than 6mm in diameter (larger than the size of a pencil eraser)
- Any mole that crusts, oozes, bleeds, is painful or changes in appearance
- A new mole that you’ve never seen before
Since skin cancer can happen to anyone, you must turn to your dermatologists for routine skin exams in Wellesley, MA, at least once a year. If it’s time for your upcoming skin exam, or if you notice a suspicious growth, call Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates at (781) 237-3500 to schedule an appointment.
Acne is one of the most popular reasons people seek out a dermatologist. If you are struggling with acne, Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates can help. Our skilled dermatologists in Wellesley Hills, MA, can perform and prescribe various treatments for acne and we will work with you to find the best treatment for your case.
Acne happens when a blockage in your pores prevents your oil glands, or sebaceous glands, from releasing oil onto the skin's surface. It gets clogged up and creates either a whitehead or blackhead. Both white and blackheads can become inflamed and produce the red pustules associated with acne.
Picking and scratching at acne is hard to resist, but it's so important to do what you can to not irritate the acne further. It causes infections and can even lead to permanent scarring when you pick and scratch. Acne can be unsightly and bothersome, but there are a variety of treatment options available to you in Wellesley Hills, MA.
There is no quick fix for acne, but we can help find the right treatment process for you. Treatments for acne include:
- Benzoyl peroxide is effective for more mild cases of acne. It's a topical treatment, usually in a face wash, that you use consistently for the best results
- Oral and topical antibiotics are used to treat any infection in the pores so your skin can heal.
- A form of Vitamin A called tretinoin helps unplug blocked-up material and renew skin with a topical treatment
- Hormonal treatments are available if your acne is caused by changes in hormone levels
- Extraction is the physical removal of black and whiteheads with the help of tools. Your dermatologist uses a sterile metal instrument to help remove the blockages
Whatever type of acne you have or complications you experience, our dermatologists will find the right combination of treatments for you. Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates helps patients of all ages with symptoms of acne. Contact us for an appointment in Wellesley Hills, MA, at (781) 237-3500.
Many Americans struggle with some form of skin cancer, which is a condition that causes abnormal growth of skin cells. Types range from basal cell carcinoma (mild) to melanoma (potentially fatal), and prevention is key when it comes to fighting all types. Prevention starts with a visit to the Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., where one of our many dermatologists will examine your body from head to toe to ensure that nothing needs to be further addressed. If you feel like something doesn't look right, don't wait. Visit our Wellesley Hills, MA office for a skin assessment as soon as possible.
Skin Cancer Prevention
There are several steps to minimize the risk of skin cancer. Since most kinds result from ultraviolet (UV) rays given off by the sun, it's best to avoid that bright yellow circle in the sky during its peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When spending time outside during these hours, seek shade if necessary, always apply sunscreen (appropriately) with at least 30 SPF, and wear protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat or long-sleeved shirt. Additionally, it's helpful to avoid indoor tanning beds and sunburn in general. You should also examine your skin monthly for any out-of-the-ordinary freckles or moles that don't look like the rest.
When to Visit a Dermatologist
When it comes to skin cancer, several signs point to concern. At Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., consider our team of dermatologists your allies in the prevention strategy and will discuss all treatment options should you require any procedures. You should especially visit our Wellesley Hills, MA office if something unusual or new appears on your body. We also recommend scheduling an appointment if you a particular mole or area changing in color or texture, have a sore that heals and reopens, pigmented bumps with pearly edges, or dark lesions on the hands, feet, mouth, or nose.
Skin cancer prevention can be life-saving. Our large team of professionals encourages annual physical examinations to rule out any abnormalities. They can also address questions and concerns during the initial consultation. For more information about skin cancer, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., visit our website. Please call (781) 237-3500 for appointment scheduling in our Wellesley Hills, MA office.
How your dermatologists in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts can help you avoid skin cancer.
Moles are a common skin issue, and most moles are normal. Some moles may be an early sign of skin cell changes which could indicate skin cancer. How can you tell the difference? It’s important to know what to look for when you monitor your moles.
The dermatologists of Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts offer a wide variety of skincare and medical dermatology services, including taking care of your moles.
Moles are caused by a skin cell known as a melanocyte, which is responsible for skin color. When these cells clump together, a mole forms. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles. Normal moles will be uniform in shape and color and be smaller than 6 millimeters in diameter.
You should monitor your moles regularly, and make a note of any moles that are:
- Greater than 6 millimeters in diameter
- Irregularly shaped with ragged borders
- Painful, itching, or burning
- Bleeding or oozing
Other suspicious moles are moles that have grown back after previous removal or moles that have changed in color, shape, size, or height.
Visit your dermatologist if you notice any moles with the characteristics listed above. Your dermatologist may want to take a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is normal, precancerous, or cancerous.
Your dermatologist may want to shave the mole; the area will be numbed and then the mole will be shaved out. There are no sutures required for this type of removal. This is a great treatment for small moles.
The mole may also be removed completely using a punching instrument. This type of mole removal involves placing just a few sutures afterward.
You can do a lot to prevent skin cancer by monitoring your moles and always wearing sunscreen when you go outside. Make certain you wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, or an SPF of at least 30 if you plan on being outside for long periods of time.
Monitoring your moles is easy, and should take only a few minutes, but it can save your life. To find out more about preventing skin cancer and other dermatology questions, call the dermatologists of Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts at (781) 237-3500. Call today.
Yes, everyone can benefit from visiting their dermatologist once a year.
Your skin isn’t causing you any problems and you don’t notice any issues so you may be wondering why you should visit a dermatologist, right? However, doctors aren’t just there for you once problems arise; our Wellesley Hills, MA, dermatologists want to protect you against a variety of problems including skin cancer. That’s why annual skin exams are crucial for everyone, no matter who you are.
Who should get skin exams?
Everyone can benefit from getting an annual skin exam from one of our Wellesley Hills, MA, dermatologists. Of course, there are some people that should absolutely get screened at least once a year without fail. If you have these risk factors it’s particularly important that you keep up with annual exams,
- You have freckles
- You have fair skin
- You have a family history of skin cancer
- You have had several sunburns in your lifetime
- You notice any changes in or problems with a mole
- You have a history of using tanning beds
What does a skin exam entail?
Just as a regular doctor will check your entire body from head to toe during a physical evaluation our dermatologists will examine your skin from head to toe. What are we looking for? We are looking for any suspicious moles, growths or spots that could be cancerous. We may also use a special magnifying tool to take a closer look.
We will make note of any moles that we will want to continue to monitor. If we do notice any suspicious growths, we may recommend getting the growth biopsied. Sometimes your dermatologist will take photos of the moles or growths to see how they have progressed from one exam to the next.
Of course, this exam is as much for you as it is for the health of your skin; therefore, if you are noticing any issues or symptoms it’s also important to bring them to our attention. Sometimes we will perform a skin exam if you are dealing with symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne or other dermatological problems. Most of these conditions can be diagnosed through a simple skin exam.
Of course, if you ever notice a suspicious growth or other skin problems that are causing you concern, know that our Wellesley Hills, MA, skin doctors are happy to schedule a skin exam any time you need it. Turn to the skin experts at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association by calling (781) 237-3500.