Moles are growths on the skin made from pigmented cells. These can appear anywhere on the body, alone or in groups, generally in areas exposed to the sun. They are usually brown, even and slightly raised.
Although they are harmless, people prefer to remove them for cosmetic reasons. Depending on its characteristics, there are various ways to carry it out, such as:
The procedure is quick and painless. Almost all moles can be removed with these methods. However, since some of them can transform into melanoma, it is necessary to be evaluated by a specialist.
Warts are fleshy malformations of the skin. The common wart is bothersome because it can bleed and hurt when you feel a bump or get stuck on clothing.
There are different methods to remove warts:
These procedures are quick and painless since anesthesia is previously applied. There are warts caused by contagious infections, so it is advisable to go to your dermatologist to examine the area.
Skin cancer is a disease in which the body’s cells begin to multiply uncontrollably. The leading cause remains excessive exposure to UV rays (either from the sun or artificial, such as tanning beds).
Among the types that exist, melanoma is one of the most fatal types of skin cancer. Consider going to an evaluation if you have any of these symptoms:
When it is in its early stages, detecting skin cancer increases the chances of recovery. Attending a checkup when presenting one or more symptoms is vitally important.
An abnormal formation in some parts of the body, such as new bumps, sores, or moles, can be called an injury.
These can be benign when is not cancerous, or malignant when there is an abnormal growth of cells in the tissue.
A test will need to be performed by removing a sample and sending it to the laboratory. With this knowledge, the dermatologist will be able to determine the best method to remove it:
Scars are a natural way of healing the body against various wounds. They can appear after surgery, accidents, skin infections, acne, or even stretch marks.
In most cases, people want to correct their scars for cosmetic reasons (they can be very large or bulky), mainly due to their disfigurement.
Some of the most effective methods to correct scars are:
Thanks to specialized technology, it is possible to reduce the size, color, and shape of scars, thus concealing their appearance.
Like the skin, the nail can present inflammatory, tumors, infections, or secondary conditions to systemic diseases, which, on many occasions, must be corrected with some surgical procedure.
Some problems that may require minor surgery are:
These conditions can be painful, contagious, and aesthetically unpleasant; removing them in time can avoid complications or contagions to the rest of the fingers, both hands and feet.
Many ailments have different types of skin outbreaks as symptoms, which vary in size, thickness, color, shape, and texture.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample is taken to examine and diagnose a variety of possible diseases, including psoriasis, eczema, bacterial infections, and even cancer. There are three main types of skin biopsies:
Your dermatologist will tell you if a biopsy is necessary, according to the characteristics of the condition. In this way, you can make a specific diagnosis which, consequently, will lead to a faster recovery.
Dermatofibroma is a small, benign skin tumor that appears as a pink or brown bump.
On the other hand, epidermal cysts are lumps that grow below the skin, forming a visible bump on the surface.
Both are benign (not carcinogenic). However, it can be painful, uncomfortable, or unsightly. These types of lumps commonly appear on the face, neck, and back.
They can be removed with any of the following methods:
Dr. Nicole Kresch Tronik is a Medicine graduate from the Anáhuac University. She specialized in Dermatology at the General Hospital “Dr. Manuel Gea González” – one of the country’s best hospitals in the field -, continuing her studies at Columbia University (New York). She did her residency program at the ABC Medical Center, which is ranked as one of the top 3 best hospitals in Mexico.
Passionate and empathetic, Dr. Kresch stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in cosmetic, clinical and pediatric dermatology to help her patients maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair at all ages.
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