It’s Time To Check Your Skin For Changes

What’s the difference between a mole and a lentigo?
Are skin tags just for your granny?
Which moles should you worry about?

Forming the habit of checking your entire body once a month for any irregularities or abnormalities is a very good thing…especially as you age.
Why? Because any new or changing skin condition may indicate a more serious medical problem, such as skin cancer. Your best chance of eliminating a serious issue later on is early detection and treatment.

skin conditionsHere are a few common skin conditions to know about:
Skin Tags. Skin tags are flesh-colored flaps of skin that often grown in your armpit, under your breasts, on your neck or in your groin area. They can appear at any age and do not pose a threat to your health.

Freckles. Freckles are dark spots on your skin. Fair-skinned people are more susceptible, and commonly develop freckles on their face, shoulders, and arms. Freckles typically become darker during sunnier months. Freckles are not usually a cause for concern and do not need to be removed.

Seborrheic keratosis. Also known as “senile warts,” seborrheic keratoses are usually small and rough. They are light brown or black and may develop on your chest, face, under your breasts or your back as you age. There is no known cause for seborrheic keratoses, but they’re typically harmless.

Moles. A mole is typically black or brown and protrudes from your skin. Many moles form before the age of 30 and slowly evolve over time. You may have a single moles or a cluster of moles. Moles can be removed for either medical or cosmetic purposes. Watch your moles for changes in shape, size or color, as this may possibly indicate a skin cancer.

Lentigos. Similar to freckles, lentigos are dark spots that appear as a result of sun damage. They are most common in the aging population. A lentigo can be eliminated with topical medication or laser therapy.

Concerned about a suspicious mole or skin tag? Call Utah Facial Plastics and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Thomson, today: (801) 776-2220.

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