You've learned that a coworker has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma and has to have surgery. You wonder exactly what melanoma is. Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer which strikes people of all ages and walks of life. This potentially deadly cancer of the deepest layer of the epidermis centers on the cells which produce skin pigment. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Boston South Shore, MA, want you aware of your skin and how what seems to be a harmless spot could be skin cancer.
What's so bad about it?
Unlike squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, two other common kinds of skin cancer, malignant melanoma forms and spread rapidly, attacking the lymph nodes and other bodily organs. The Skin Cancer Foundation says melanoma kills more than 10,000 people in the United States alone annually.
While heredity plays something of a role in developing this killer, excessive sun exposure adds to the problem. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that tanning (either with the sun or with artificial light) leads to significant numbers of melanoma cases in young women, ages 25 to 29.
What does melanoma look like?
Something which starts out resembling a harmless mole (a brown to black, raised and circular lesion) could change into melanoma. That's why we all must monitor our skin for new and/or evolving marks, blemishes, moles, textures and areas of pigmentation.
Your board-certified dermatologist at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center asks you to inspect your skin monthly and to come to the office annually after the age of 40 for a complete visual inspection. Also, know the danger signs of skin cancer, specifically the ABCDEs of moles:
A stands for asymmetry. A benign mole should stay the same shape and size. If you were to draw an imaginary line down the middle of a mole, the right and left halves should remain the same over time.
B stands for border. The edges of a harmless mole are smooth, without any notches or scallops.
C means color. Most normal moles are brown to black, with their pigment evenly distributed throughout. Multi-colored moles are dangerous and should be checked.
D stands for diameter. It should be no more than 6 mm, or the size of the eraser on the top of a pencil.
E means evolving. If a mole changes in color, texture or shape, or if it itches or bleeds, see your doctor.
The quicker the diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma, the better the long-term outcome is. The physicians at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Boston South Shore use standard surgical excision, but more advanced cases may require chemotherapy and other cancer treatment modalities.
Know your skin
It's your best defense against skin cancer in Boston South Shore, and of course, use sunscreen (SPF 30). See the team at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center for additional information or to arrange your routine skin examination. Call today: (781) 335-9700.
When many people think of cosmetic treatments for skin rejuvenation or to fight the signs and effects of aging, they tend to think of invasive or surgical procedures. But the truth is that there are a number of non and minimally invasive professional skin care treatments available designed to make you look and feel your best at any age. The dermatologists at South Coast Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in South Shore, MA, offer a range of laser skin therapy treatments for everything from hair removal to sun damage treatment.
Laser Skin Treatments in South Shore, MA
There are many different types of laser therapy designed to address and correct different skin conditions, such as:
- Facial hair
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
Lasers can also help to generally smooth and improve the texture and appearance of the skin, and other devices can be used for body contouring procedures to help sculpt and trim the abdomen, flank, thighs, and arms.
Common Laser Therapy Treatments
The first step in finding the best treatment and skin care routine for your needs is to consult with a qualified, board certified dermatologist with a proven track record of success in order to protect yourself and ensure the best results.
The Clear Lift laser is appropriate for all skin types, and delivers non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments for a number of common skin problems. Unlike more invasive procedures, Clear Lift-lasers are gentle enough that you can expect quick results with virtually no downtime.
Blu-U Light Therapy
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, as many as 50 million Americans experience some degree of acne every year. Blu-U Light Therapy targets acne-causing bacteria to help clear and minimize breakouts.
Palomar Vectus Laser
The regular removal of unwanted facial and body hair can be time-consuming and expensive. The Vectus Laser is a good option for permanent hair removal and is effective for a range of skin types.
Find a Dermatologist in South Shore, MA
For more information on laser skin therapy and other cosmetic services for the face and body, contact South Coast Dermatology and Cosmetic Center by calling 781-335-9700 to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist today.
The New Sunscreen on the Block
Do you have a history of precancerous skin lesions? Have you ever been ‘sprayed’ or ‘frozen’ with liquid nitrogen at the dermatologist for them? Sun exposure causes skin changes that accumulate over the years and this is known as actinic damage. Actinic Keratoses are precancerous lesions caused by sun exposure that can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Sun-damaged skin is also at risk of other skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or melanoma.
Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion is the new sunscreen that I’ve been recommending for my patients-especially those with a history of skin cancers, precancerous lesions, or significant sun damage. It protects from the sun with an SPF 50 (from natural, non-irritating, transparent zinc oxide), and also helps undo DNA damage with its proprietary DNA repairsomes and Vitamin E. The DNA repairsomes, derived naturally from plankton, are encapsulated photolyase enzymes in liposomes. These photolyase enzymes bind to damaged DNA , restore it to its normal undamaged form and thereby aid the body in its natural recovery process. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects against environmental damage by scavenging free radicals. As a result, Eryfotona Actinica Sunscreen helps to protect against sunburn, helps to prevent early skin aging caused by the sun, and can decrease the risk of skin cancer by undoing some DNA damage. It also feels light on the skin, absorbs nicely, and doesn’t leave a whitish film.
**Of course, it still needs to be REAPPLIED regularly and after swimming or sweating. For the BEST protection, it should also be used with other sun protection measures (wide brimmed hats, sunglasses and sun protective clothing). Call South Coast Dermatology 781 335 9700 for more information or to book an appointment.
People value their looks because personal appearance can have a major effect on how successfully they navigate their social and professional lives. It can also have an effect on what they think about themselves. It’s no wonder that up to 16 million cosmetic procedures are performed every year according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Some treatments, like Botox, are targeted for improving the appearance of the face while others help you achieve a better body shape. Here are a few of the latest and most popular cosmetic services to consider when you visit South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, and serving the South Shore area.
If you’re struggling with a wide midsection or pockets of fat in unwanted places, a Coolsculpting session may help trim a few inches. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure that uses a science called cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells. The cold eliminates the fat and it eventually is eliminated from the body. It’s commonly used on the waist, thighs, hips and chin and only takes under an hour per treatment.
Patients who are losing elasticity in their skin may benefit from Ultherapy. It’s a treatment that lifts and tightens the skin by stimulating collagen production, giving it more definition. It makes you look more youthful without the need for invasive plastic surgery. A few Ultherapy sessions with a South Shore dermatologist could visibly reverse some of the effects of sun damage, genetics, and aging.
Botox is a treatment that is consistently on the top five list of most requested minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. It is used as a cosmetic therapy to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the skin—usually the face. Your dermatologist will make small injections in areas of concern and send you home after just a few minutes. The results can last for three to four months.
Find Out More
Visit South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in the South Shore area of Weymouth, MA if you want to learn more about these three beneficial and popular cosmetic services. Many patients have achieved amazing results with the help of Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, and Botox. Call 781-335-9700 today to make an appointment.
Many skin cancers can develop where they can be seen, there’s often a good chance of catching them early on. Regular skin examination for any changes in existing growths or for new spots is important. Professionals recommend once monthly self-exams. Skin cancer can be detected by one of the many professionals at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, and serving the South Shore area. They are qualified to recognize skin cancer signs and to diagnose the disease specifically.
Skin Cancer Signs
Common symptoms of skin cancer include bumps or sores that don’t go away or unusual skin growths that change in size, bleed or hurt. In terms of basal cell carcinomas on the head or the neck, they may first appear as a pale patch of skin or waxy bump. As it develops, it may ooze, become crusty or even bleed. If you experience any of these things, seek help from a skin cancer expert in the South Shore area immediately.
For squamous cell carcinomas, a lump on the skin develops. It will be firm and rough on the surface. In some cases, it may look like a red, scaly patch. A skin rash may go away with time, but rough patches will remain and develop slowly. This type of cancer is found on the arms, hands, neck or head and can develop on the genital region too. If you suspect you have these signs, contact a doctor immediately before symptoms persist and worsen.
If you find anything suspicious, it is advisable to be checked for skin cancer by a professional from South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center immediately. While many skin cancers develop when exposed to the sun, others may not. Examine the entire body regularly including between the toes, underneath the nails and on the soles of the foot.
To schedule a life-changing appointment at South Coast Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Weymouth, MA, and serving the South Shore area, call our office today at (781) 335-9700.
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