As with any form of cancer, early detection is crucial to its successful treatment. Many forms of cancer grow inside the body and are not visible to the naked eye, making early detection difficult or even impossible without specific testing. Skin cancer, on the other hands, is visible and, in some cases, even obvious, making early detection more common than with other cancers. Learning the early signs of skin cancer can help save your life. Find out more about skin cancer and how to detect it in its earliest stages with Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser & Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD.
What are the early signs of skin cancer?
Abnormal moles are the most common early sign of skin cancer. If you notice a new mole at all, you should see your dermatologist and have it checked out. Generally, moles do not change in size, shape, or color and remain generally the same though they may morph slightly over a long period of time. However, moles which change quickly or appear out of nowhere are considered questionable and should be seen by a doctor.
The ABCDEs of Early Detection of Skin Cancer
Detecting skin cancer early is often pretty obvious if you are informed and know what to look for. Use the ABCDEs to determine if your mole is questionable:
- Asymmetry: Normal moles are symmetrical in shape.
- Border: Non-cancerous moles have a smooth border.
- Color: Moles should be one solid color, ranging from pink to brown.
- Diameter: A mole should not be greater than six millimeters in diameter, or about the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: You may notice a slight change in normal moles, such as becoming raised or flat or getting slightly darker or lighter. However, a mole that changes quickly, not over the course of years, is cause for concern.
Finding Skin Cancer Early in Annapolis, MD
Early detection is paramount to successfully treating skin cancer. If you have a mole you think may be cancerous, do not hesitate. Contact your dermatologist right away to ensure that you receive the treatment you require. Yearly skin examinations with your dermatologist are a great way of preventing skin cancer and allow your doctor to examine your entire body, even areas you cannot easily see.
For more information on skin cancer and its early detection, please contact Dr. Newman at Bayside Laser & Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 224-8001 to schedule your appointment today!
Contact dermatitis happens when your skin reacts with a red, itchy rash after coming into contact with something. Many people experience this reaction when they touch the leaves or stems of poison ivy, for example. But if you're experiencing rashes and aren't sure what's causing them, scheduling a test with Dr. Gerald Newman, your dermatologist at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD can determine the source of your contact dermatitis so you can avoid it. Dr. Newman explains the details of this type of testing here.
What's involved in a contact dermatitis test?
These are often referred to as "patch tests" because your Annapolis dermatologist uses will apply a series of round patches to your upper back that contain different allergens. These are held in place with tape, similar to a bandage, and are left in place for two days. After that, you'll return to Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates so Dr. Newman can remove the patches and evaluate how your skin reacted to each one; you may need to come back after an additional two days to see if you had a delayed reaction. Areas where the skin is inflamed and swollen indicate an allergy; some may be severe and cause blistering.
What substances are tested?
If the cause of your contact dermatitis is unclear, you may have as many as 25 to 30 different known allergens applied. These can include foods, metals such as nickel, and chemicals that are commonly added to perfumes, lotions, and clothing. Once your allergies are identified, it's important to follow your Annapolis dermatologist's recommendations. Often avoiding the substance is enough to keep allergic reactions at bay, although medication may be needed as well.
To schedule a patch test with Dr. Newman, or for any other skin-related questions, contact Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD today!
Get healthier new skin in the New Year with a little help from these dermatological treatments.
We know that having skin problems can certainly affect not only your appearance but also your self-esteem. Whether you are dealing with lines and wrinkles that are starting to show your age or you have stretch marks post-pregnancy, our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist Dr. Gerald Newman can make sure that you get the treatment you need to improve your appearance.
Have you always wanted to improve your skin and reduce the appearance of problem areas? We know most people are probably nodding their heads as they read this. Our Annapolis, MD, skin doctor understands that while a lot of people want to seek cosmetic dermatology to reduce the effects of certain skin conditions.
MegaPeel® offers a chemical-free and non-surgical alternative to exfoliate and enhance the look, tone, texture and appearance of your skin. You could be a good candidate for MegaPeel® if you are looking to reduce or eliminate these common issues:
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne scars or other superficial scars
- Rough, uneven or pitted skin
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
- Milia (tiny white bumps)
How does MegaPeel® work?
This handheld device contains a variety of microcrystals at its tip. When the device is placed over the skin it provides a gentle exfoliation to remove the outermost layers of the skin to uncover brighter, healthier and clearer skin underneath. This device not only exfoliates away dead skin but also boosts blood flow to the area and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are instrumental in keeping skin firm.
There is minimal discomfort during the MegaPeel® procedure so anesthesia is not required. It can be performed in less than one hour and patients can go right back to their daily activities since there is no post-treatment downtime.
Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, is dedicated to helping you get the cosmetic treatment you need to get the beautiful, radiant skin you want. If you want to learn more about MegaPeel® and whether you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation with us today.
Looking younger is a common wish among many different types of people. Though there are many miracle cures on the market to tighten your skin or rid you of wrinkles or fine lines, only a few actually work. With all the snake oil, you may have a hard time finding the tried and true procedures with the results you desire. Offered by your Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Newman, Botox is an FDA-approved, effective way to treat your fine lines and wrinkles to make you look younger. Find out more about Botox with Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates.
What does Botox do?
When injected into the muscles beneath the skin, Botox freezes the muscle, preventing it from moving. With the muscle unable to move, it cannot cause the skin on top of it to fold, which causes a wrinkle. This prevents a wrinkle from forming at all. The frozen muscle also allows the skin to relax, smoothing any existing wrinkles or fine lines. Your doctor will use a super-thin needle to inject Botox into the muscles in the facial area.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is FDA-approved and safe for use. A good candidate for Botox has unwanted lines or wrinkles is in good health. Patients who are allergic to certain medications or ingredients in Botox should avoid Botox treatments. Additionally, doctors advise patients with certain conditions against Botox treatments. Consult with your doctor to ensure that Botox is the best treatment for you.
Can Botox help me?
Botox lessens the appearance of and even prevents unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Doctors also use Botox for other reasons, such as to treat migraine headaches, excessive sweatiness, and open pores.
Botox Treatments in Baltimore and Annapolis, MD
Your Botox treatment will take place right in your dermatologist’s office and last only about 15 minutes. If necessary, your doctor will apply numbing cream to the facial skin in the treatment area. Then, your doctor will inject Botox into the muscles underneath your skin. You may feel a small prick as the needle enters the skin and experience some redness or bruising after the treatment. These side effects usually resolve themselves in 24-48 hours.
For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 224-8001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Newman today!
How much time do you spend on skin care? Taking a little extra time to pamper your skin can help you look your best, prevent the formation of fine lines and reduce your skin cancer risk. Our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates, shares a few important skin care tips.
Use sunscreen year-round
If you wait until the weather warms up to buy a bottle of sunscreen, you may be shortchanging your skin. The sun's rays can damage your skin even during the coldest months of the year. Over time, sun damage can cause lines, wrinkles and age spots, and may even increase the chance that you'll develop skin cancer. When you buy sunscreen for your face, look for oil-free products that won't clog your pores.
Try a facial cleanser instead of soap
Do you use the same type of bar or liquid soap to clean your entire body? Although soap does an excellent job, it can strip oils from your skin, which can lead to dry skin. If you have acne, rosacea or another skin condition, harsh soap can worsen your condition. Facial cleansers are specially formulated to clean your skin without depleting moisture. If you prefer soap, buy fragrance-free products intended for use on the face.
Exfoliating improves skin tone by getting rid of dead skin cells. Look for fragrance-free products that gently remove the cells. Keep in mind that there's no need to scrub hard when you use an exfoliating product. In fact, vigorous scrubbing tends to irritate the skin and may worsen skin conditions. You only need to exfoliate a few times a week, although you can use exfoliating products every day as long as they're very gentle. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after you exfoliate.
Eat a healthy diet
A diet that features lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will help your skin look its best. Although the link between acne and diet isn't clear, you may notice that you experience flare ups after eating certain foods. If you do, avoid or limit those foods.
Take advantage of dermatological services
Whether you're concerned about wrinkles, acne or another skin condition, our Baltimore and Annapolis office offers a variety of treatments that will improve the condition of your skin. Your treatment plan will depend on your particular problem, but may include topical or oral medications, Botox and filler injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser light therapy.
Are you concerned about a skin problem? Call our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist, Dr. Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates, at (410) 224-8001 to schedule an appointment.
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