As you age, your skin changes; it becomes less elastic and supple while also developing wrinkles or loose, sagging skin. Though slowing downtime is simply not possible, your dermatologist can provide numerous treatments to help your skin appear younger. For example, age spots are a common issue your dermatologist can help improve. Read below to learn more about treating age spots, and if you are interested in the procedure, call Dr. Bryan Hicks at Wedgewood Dermatology in The Villages, FL.
What Causes Age Spots?
Age spots often occur due to exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. This sun damage causes the skin to produce too much melanin, resulting in age spots. These discolorations may also occur due to simple aging or inheriting the type of skin which is more susceptible to skin conditions such as age spots.
Are Age Spots Harmful?
Age spots are usually nothing to worry about and are purely an aesthetic issue. However, you should always consult with your dermatologist if you notice any changes in the skin, especially new moles or discolorations. This could be the sign of skin cancer, which has a much higher curability rate in its early stages than once it has advanced.
Reducing the Appearance of Age Spots
Appearing younger is a very common desire for many people and can be achieved through many treatment options. Your dermatologist may suggest any number of procedures to treat your age spots, including:
- Medications like retinoids or steroids
- Laser therapy
- Chemical peel
As with most aesthetic dermatological treatments, these procedures may require several sessions to accomplish adequate results. However, your dermatologist is your best source of information on treatment plans and how you can move forward to minimize the appearance of your age spots for good.
Interested? Call our Office in the Villages Today!
For more information on treating age spots, please contact Dr. Bryan Hicks at Wedgewood Dermatology in The Villages, FL. Call (352) 237-2090 to schedule your consultation to find your best solution for age spots with Dr. Hicks today!
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More that two million people in the U.S. are afflicted by skin cancer each year, and that number is only rising. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, accounting for approximately 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.
Skin cancer can be deadly, but it is also very curable when detected early. Along with proper prevention and sun protection, you should examine your body regularly to check for any suspicious spots or changes as they develop.
When You Spot It You Can Stop It
Early detection of skin cancer can save your life. Self-examine your skin regularly, at least once a month, to look for unusual skin changes. Visiting your dermatologist routinely is also helpful, as they can do a full-body exam to make sure existing spots are normal. Regular self-exams should become a habit. It only takes a few minutes, and this small investment could save your life.
Warning Signs: What to Look For
By regularly examining your body, you can detect skin cancer in its earliest stages. Notify your dermatologist immediately if you identify any of the following symptoms:
- A skin growth that appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multicolored
- A mole, birthmark or any spot that: changes color, increases in size or thickness, changes in texture or is irregular in outline
- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, scab, crust or bleed
- An open sore that does not heal within a few weeks
- A change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness or pain
A suspicious spot may be nothing, but its better to be safe than sorry. Always consult your dermatologist or physician if you notice any changes in your skin that seem abnormal.
ABCD’s of Skin Cancer Detection
As a good reminder, follow the ABCD rule as a guide for detecting skin cancer. Any of the below symptoms warrant a call to your dermatologist.
- Asymmetry: One half of a mole or spot doesn’t match the other half.
- Border: The edges of a mole are irregular or blurred.
- Color: The mole’s color or pigmentation is not uniform and/or has shades of brown, black, white, red or blue.
- Diameter: The spot or mole is larger than ¼ inch or 6 mm, approximately the size of a pencil eraser.
Skin cancer can be life-threatening, but it is also very preventable and treatable. Start taking care of your skin now by recognizing the early signs of skin cancer and protecting your skin from the sun.
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