Many problems can affect the skin. While some of these issues can be random or caused by exposure to certain elements, many are inherited and are passed from one generation to the next. Some common skin conditions include acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, melanoma, moles, chronic dry skin, skin tags, skin cancer, warts or various rashes.
Many skin conditions, like acne or dry skin, can be diagnosed simply by a thorough examination. Others, however, such as melanoma or skin cancer, must be investigated more thoroughly through a skin biopsy. In this procedure, parts of the skin are removed and then tested in a lab to see if they are cancerous.
Other diagnostic procedures include patch testing to diagnose skin allergies or skin cultures to identify sources of infection.
Once a skin condition has been diagnosed, many different dermatology procedures can be used to treat it.
Patients who have skin cancer or melanoma have a variety of treatment options from which to choose. Grenz ray treatment is a mild form of radiation that works to kill cancerous cells in the skin. For less serious tumors, electrodesiccation and curettage can be used to scrape off and burn the abnormal growths.
For patients who want to improve their physical appearance, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion facials are a great way to make your face look younger, brighter and more vibrant. Those who suffer from bad scars from serious acne may choose to have acne scar removal to get clear and smooth skin once again. Additionally, laser surgery can be used to remove unsightly moles, warts and other growths that are not cancerous.
Because skin is so linked to a person’s physical appearance, improving the quality of skin can help you feel more confident and improve your sense of self-esteem. Additionally, treating hazardous skin problems such as melanoma is imperative for stopping cancer from spreading and eventually causing life-threatening growths.
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