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Dermatology FAQs in Mesa, AZ
How do I know if my moles are okay?
In general, moles or nevi should look uniform in color and shape. As an adult, your moles should not get larger and should not itch, hurt or bleed. It is also uncommon to get new moles after the age of forty. Because most moles do not become melanoma, we do not remove all moles. Some melanomas do develop from moles and some just develop on their own. That is why it is important to do monthly skin checks. It is important to know your skin and examine your loved ones skin.
What does Melanoma look like?
It is important to know the “ABCDE” of melanoma. Again, moles should be uniform in color and shape. “A” stands for Asymmetry. Most melanomas will be asymmetrical, meaning that one half of the lesion will not match up with the other half. “B” is border. Most melanomas will have an irregular border; they will be jagged or notched. “C” is for color. Most melanomas will have irregular colors: They will have various shades of two or more colors including different shades of tan, brown, black or loss of pigment. They usually will not be one uniform color. “D” is for diameter. Most melanomas are bigger than the size of a pencil eraser or 6mm, and “E” for evolving…or change.
What can I use to look younger?
The number one product that a person can use to stay young looking is sunscreen. Aging of the skin is due to genetics and sun exposure. You can't do a lot about whom you take after, but you can protect your skin. In addition, there is skin maintenance. You should treat wrinkles early so they don't become deep and hard to correct. At Papillon Dermatology, we offer several specialty lines of rejuvenating creams and protective sunscreens and antioxidants to maintain the youthful appearance and health of your skin.
How often should I see a dermatologist?
That depends on your skin condition. In general, everyone should have a total body skin exam yearly by a dermatologist.
How often should I see a dermatologist?Is it important to choose a board certified dermatologist for all of my skin needs?
When it comes to having your skin conditions evaluated, it is important that you go to a specialist who is trained to identify and treat exactly your condition. In addition to medical school, Dermatologists spend 3 additional years of training after their internship studying conditions that affect the skin, hair, nails, cosmetic dermatology and the relationship of the skin to other medical conditions.
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