The skin is the human body’s largest organ, so if that isn’t enough to make you want to take good care of it, what will? Dermatology focuses on studying, researching, diagnosing, and managing the health of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.
Dermatology can help individuals to overcome acne, examine skin spots, receive skin cancer screening, treat eczema or psoriasis, and more. Your skin can tell all when it comes to things that may be occurring under the surface. If you feel as if your skin looks or feels different than usual, dermatology can help.
Excessive exposure to sunlight tends to be the most important factor associated with the development of skin cancer. The most common types are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. People with fair skin tend to develop skin cancers more frequently than dark-skinned people. The more sun exposure fair-skinned people receive, the more likely they are to develop a skin cancer. Exposure to radiation, trauma, and exposure to certain chemicals may also contribute to the development of skin cancers. Most skin cancers are present for over a year before being diagnosed and their growth is relatively slow.
Unusual skin growths with dark areas, irregular margins, and thickening of the skin should be examined by a dermatologist. A biopsy may be needed to examine the cell structure of the skin to ensure it is not precancerous or cancerous. This can lead to early diagnosis and treatment. If treatment is needed, Mohs Micrographic Surgery may be an option.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery involves removing the visible portion of the tumor. A thin layer of tissue is surgically removed from the site and is then processed and examined underneath a microscope. If a tumor is noticed during the microscopic examination, the location is established and a thin layer of additional tissue is excised from the area. The examination is repeated until no tumor is found.
Keep your skin safe by knowing the skin cancer warning signs and taking preventative measures. Signs of skin cancer can include moles that change in appearance, are irregularly shaped, or have different colors. Look out for spots on the skin that look unusual, sores that do not heal, and the spreading of coloring from the border of a spot onto the surrounding skin. Avoid the use of tanning bed and use sunscreen when you will be in the sun. Check your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer.
For the past three decades, Premier Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has been Delaware’s practice of choice in skin and aesthetic services. Our goal is to address all of your skincare needs under one roof by integrating medical, cosmetic, surgical and aesthetic expertise with the highest standards of care and compassion. We are able to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing our different but complementary training backgrounds, philosophies, and techniques, to achieve premier results. Our dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aestheticians work collaboratively to integrate treatment plans that help you look and feel your best. Contact us today!