Gone are the days when a mole with considered cute. These days we know that they can be a precursor to skin cancer. Patients should check thoroughly their entire body for new moles as well as those which have changed. Dr. Kim explains to his patients that healthy skin must be maintained. It is never too early to start routine skin care with medical grade skin care products. Patients should be careful and avoid direct sunlight as evidence proves that it is directly related to premature aging. Patients with sun damage are likely to consider procedures like a facelift or brow lift. Many are surprised to learn that when the skin is damaged facelifts and brow lift are likely to be less effective. The best advice for patients especially in southern California is to wear sunscreen daily. Skin health is a lifelong commitment. According to The Los Angeles Times get to know your moles. Know their location, size and color.
Look for new or changing moles. It’s normal to develop new moles into your early 20s, but not beyond. Pay attention to any new growths or moles that have changed in size, color or shape.
Take pictures. If you have lots of moles, keeping up with potential changes is difficult. One good idea: take photographs every six to 12 months; save and date the images on a computer and review as needed. You may find a scary mole has always been there — or that it is in fact new.
Beware of pink or black. Normal moles and other benign skin growths typically are varying shades of tan to brown. Melanomas may be black or less commonly pink, while other skin cancers tend to be pink and are often scaly. See your dermatologist if you notice a pink or black lesion.