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Skin Cancer Types and Differences

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Skin Cancer Facts:

 

  • Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidences of cancers in the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.

There are three primary types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Malignant Melanoma (MM), and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).

 

BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Every year, millions of people learn that they have BCC.

 

This skin cancer usually develops on skin that gets sun exposure, such as on the head, neck, or back of the hands. BCC is especially common on the face, often forming on the nose. While BCC often develops on skin that has had the most sun, BCC can appear on any part of the body, including the trunk, legs, and arms. People who use tanning beds also get BCC, and they tend to get it earlier in life.
This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin, tissue, and bone.

 

MM: Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.  When allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. This can be deadly. You may be more at risk of this type if you have a family history of skin cancer, many moles, fair skin that burns easily, and other risk factors.

 

There is good news. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable.

 

You can find melanoma early by following this 3-step process:

 

  1. Learn the warning signs of melanoma.
  2. Look for the warning signs while examining your skin.
  3. See a dermatologist if you find any of the warning signs.

SCC: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.

 

This skin cancer tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years. It is most frequently seen on sun-exposed areas, such as the head, neck, and back of the hands. Women frequently get SCC on their lower legs. It is possible to get SCC on any part of the body, including the inside of the mouth, lips, and genitals. People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life. It can spread to other parts of the body. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.

 

The keys to avoiding any type of skin cancer are taking care to protect the skin, catching problems early, and treating immediately. Don’t wait; come see us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser today.

Moles: Overview

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Dermatologist examines a moleMoles, or nevi, are clusters of melanocytes–a type of skin cell containing the pigment that gives our skin color.  Most moles are benign, but some that appear unusual–called dysplastic nevi, or atypical moles–can turn cancerous. People with atypical moles are 7 to 27 times more likely to develop melanoma than the general public.

 

Important things to know about moles:

 

  • A type of skin cancer, melanoma, can grow in or near a mole.
  • Caught early and treated, melanoma can be cured.
  • The first sign of melanoma is often a change to a mole, or a new mole on your skin.
  • Checking your skin can help you find melanoma early. A dermatologist can show you how to examine your skin and tell you how often you should check your skin.

Moles in Children: What Parents Should Know

 

Moles on a young child’s skin are generally nothing to worry about. It is normal for new moles to appear during childhood and adolescence. Moles will grow as the child grows. Some moles will darken, and others will lighten. These changes are expected in children and seldom a sign of melanoma—a type of skin cancer that can begin in a mole.

 

Come see us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser. We can evaluate your moles and remove them if they are concerning or irritated.

Self-Exams for Skin Cancer Prevention

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Dermatologist examines a moleThe Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you do a head-to-toe self-examination of your skin every month, so you can find any new, or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Over time, you get to know your skin better, which makes it easier to spot changes. These checks don’t generally take very long and they are essential.Skin cancers are almost always curable when found and removed early.

 

When you perform a self-exam, there are some common signs for which you should search:

 

Any spot that changes in size or color should be brought to the attention of a doctor. In fact, a growth of any kind should always be seen by a doctor. This is particularly true if that growth is of a different color than your skin. Black, brown, pearly, and multicolored spots should be tested to make sure they are not cancerous.

 

Open sores and scabs that won’t heal could be more than what they seem. They could be cancerous lesions.

 

In addition to your regular self-examinations and visits with a physician, continue to take precautions to prevent cancer. Even if you are cancer-free now, the risks still exist. Don’t tan; as fashionable as it has sometimes been, it’s bad for your skin. Wear sunscreen anytime you’re in the sun. If you’re not going to be outdoors long, use a daily moisturizer that contains SPF.

 

When you need a physician to perform an exam, or you’re concerned about something you’ve found during your own, call us at Inverness Dermatology.

Chemical Peels: Overview

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Young woman taking off peeling maskDo you wish that you could simply peel signs of aging from your skin? Dermatologists use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can diminish many signs of aging on the face, as well as the hands, neck, and chest.

 

Chemical peels also treat some other skin conditions. Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat some types of acne and conditions that discolor the skin.

 

Whether you receive a chemical peel to diminish signs of aging, or treat a skin condition, with a chemical peel you can see:

 

  • Fewer lines and wrinkles.
  • More even skin color.
  • Brighter complexion.
  • Smoother skin.

Some chemical peels do require downtime.

 

Uses

Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat:

 

  • Acne (some types).
  • Age spots.
  • Discoloration (blotchy complexion, uneven skin tone).
  • Dull complexion.
  • Fine lines.
  • Freckles.
  • Melasma.
  • Rough-feeling skin.
  • Sun-damaged skin.

Insurance Coverage

Chemical peels are considered a cosmetic treatment for many conditions. However, some insurance plans cover the cost of chemical peels for the treatment of acne if other modalities have been ineffective.

Call us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser today and ask about our services, including chemical peels.

 

Broad Based Light (BBL) Treatments for Aging

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Young woman receiving laser therapyAs we age, our skin begins to show it at some point. Our skin tone changes and becomes uneven, we get suns spots, and more. There is no shame in it; it is perfectly natural. However, it is also natural to want to change these things. Broad Based Light (BBL) is capable of treating a number of age-related skin conditions. It may even cure some.

 

BBL works by treating the damaged skin with light pulses. This also stimulates collagen growth, which will reduce damaged skin. BBL has the potential to treat or cure:

 

  • Sun spots, age spots, etc.
  • Rosacea and vascular lesions.
  • Uneven skin tone.
  • Non-age-related conditions such as acne and acne scarring, and freckles.

While some improvement can be seen with just one treatment, most people require multiple treatments to see the benefits. The sessions are also very quick; they generally require about 15-20 minutes of your time, depending on the size of the treatment area.

 

The provider takes safety measures, such as eye protection. In terms of sensation, most patients do not find it unbearable. There may be a slight stinging feeling, similar to a rubber band snap. Afterward, there may be some redness or swelling. Most, if not all, side effects subside within a day, or even a few hours. If you have the treatment done during the day, you will be able to use makeup if you want to cover any redness.

 

Another great thing about BBL treatments for aging is that the results are permanent. It is important to remember, however, that they do not prevent future issues. It is possible to have BBL treatments done each year to continue fighting those signs of aging.

 

We are excited to offer Broad Based Light treatments for aging at Inverness. Contact us today, and we’ll tell you more about it and help you decide if it’s the best option for you. Call Inverness Dermatology and Laser, and let us help you keep your skin healthy for 2017.

Consider Exilis Protégé for the Eyes

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young beautiful healthy woman and reflection in the mirrorDo you find yourself tugging at your facial skin, lifting near your eyes, wondering if a skin tightening procedure just might be worth it? Are you concerned that it would be too painful and invasive? Or, perhaps you have little time to undergo a cosmetic procedure.

 

Exilis Protégé is neither invasive, nor painful, and the treatment sessions are quick. It is a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that helps tighten the skin around the eyes, and many other chosen areas.

 

The Procedure

This procedure involves a device which never breaches the skin; instead this tool moves over the skin, emitting radio frequency energy gently through it. This radio frequency heats the deep tissue, stimulating collagen growth and tightening the skin. Exilis does its work over a few treatments, each usually lasting only 30 minutes or so. Results begin to appear after just a few sessions.

 

The Results

Many patients have undergone this skin tightening procedure and hailed its success. It has the capacity to tighten skin significantly and do this with little to no discomfort, or healing time. Though some clients may experience some redness, truly adverse reactions are very uncommon.

 

The Costs

In terms of cost, Exilis Protégé is generally affordable. Prices vary, dependent upon the provider and the area to be treated, but one session is usually $300 to $500—a reasonable price for excellent skin tightening results.

 

At Inverness Dermatology and Laser, we offer Exilis Protégé for those who want results with no pain, an affordable price, and in little time. Call us and talk to us about what sort of changes in skin you’re looking for, and let us help you decide if Exilis is right for you.

Winter Skin Care

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Skin CareWinter is coming. This means dry, itchy skin for many people. People with eczema may also experience flare-ups this season. So, it’s time to begin a winter regimen of skin care to prevent these issues and keep your skin healthy.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisture is key. After you wash, apply moisturizer. It is better to do so immediately after you have bathed, or showered when your skin is still moist. This helps lock in the excess moisture. Most moisturizers can also be reapplied throughout the day as needed.

Keep Up the SPF

Just because you’re wearing layers does not mean you’re skin isn’t at risk for sun damage. Continue your habit of applying sun protection with SPF.

Try a Humidifier

Get some extra moisture in the air. A humidifier can help with dry skin and those stuffy sinuses we sometimes experience in the winter. They can be affordable, and well worth the investment.

Stay Warm

Put those socks and gloves on, even indoors, if necessary. The more covered and warm you are—without going too far, of course—the more moist your skin will stay if you have applied moisturizer. However, warmth through central heat, space heaters, hot showers, and fire can leach moisture from the skin and leave you more dry.

Get Some Extra Help

Talk to a skin care professional. When you use products on your skin, it’s always best to seek the advice of someone who knows skin, particularly yours, and can recommend the best products. Call us at Inverness. We know winter skin care.

 

 

The Gift of Skin Care

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Young woman receiving laser therapyAs the holidays approach, most of us are searching for the best gift to give to the people in our lives. A basket of skincare products from the local Bath and Body Works is a common gift. However, for someone whom you know would appreciate more professional skin care, consider giving the gift of a visit to a medical skincare expert.

 

A specialized skincare procedure can be a luxurious and practical gift.

 

Has someone in your life expressed a wish to try a professional chemical peel? It is not an uncommon item for some people’s wish lists. It is a proven method for clearing skin for some. Or, perhaps a friend wants or needs laser therapy. Whether you’re giving it simply because you know they would enjoy it, or because you know they require it regularly and you would like to help them pay for it, giving a skincare procedure as a gift is both useful and generous.

 

Professional products are not the same as lotions from the fragrance store.

 

You could give a gift basket full of lotions and body washes from the nearby fragrance shop or you could give professional skincare products. Dermatologists offer products of a higher caliber suited to an individual’s needs and that offer genuine desired results.

 

For help giving the gift of skincare, call us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser.

 

 

 

Sclerotherapy for Leg Veins

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Leg veins, or varicose veins or spider veins are very common. Sclerotherapy is the injection of a chemical—sclerosant—into the vein that causes the vein to close, and thus shrink.

Healthy Legs. Spa. Long woman legs isolated on white

It is a fairly simple procedure. The leg is elevated, the sclerosant is then injected, and then pressure is applied to reduce blood return to the treated vessel. The initial injections may cause some discomfort, but is generally well tolerated. Depending on the number and extent of veins, the procedure is relatively fast, but may take multiple treatment sessions.

 

Post-treatment, you will be able to walk and function normally, although elevation, rest, and the use of compression stockings for at least the first 24 hours is recommended for best results. Avoiding strenuous activity and sun exposure for 72 hours is also recommended to decrease blood flow through the treated veins.

 

It is important to note that not all patients with varicose veins are suited to sclerotherapy. There are limitations, and insurance does not always cover the costs. Pregnant women, people with specific allergies, those with a history of blood clots, and other patients may not qualify.

 

Talk to you physician about sclerotherapy. If you do qualify, it could be the solution for you. Call us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser and we will happily discuss the procedure further with you.

The Excimer Laser for Psoriasis and Vitiligo

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Young brunette woman receiving laser therapy. Spa studio shot

An excimer laser is a UV laser used in a variety of medical procedures, including the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. Psoriasis is a condition that causes skin cells to multiply much faster than normal. As a result, the skin becomes raised and scaly. Vitiligo, on the other hand, happens when pigment cells are destroyed, causing white patches of skin and hair.

 

For those who need, or desire, treatment for psoriasis or vitiligo, the excimer laser is a great option, particularly for treatment on the face. It treats mild to severe disease on any body part, and can require fewer treatments than alternative therapies.

 

It is a safe procedure. The FDA has approved the excimer laser for the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. However, having insurance cover this treatment is difficult because they are often considered cosmetic. As psoriasis and vitiligo can be very frustrating and often make patients feel self-conscious, the excimer laser is worth considering even without insurance coverage. For those suffering daily as a result of these conditions, this option can dramatically improve quality of daily life.

 

If you want to know more about the excimer laser for psoriasis and vitiligo, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.