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Cosmetic DermatologyIt can be overwhelming to decide which sunscreens and anti-aging creams to use, so I thought I would share my thoughts. I borrowed a page out of a cosmetic dermatology skin care journal years ago, and I laminated it to use as a teaching tool for patients. I like it because it is unbiased and talks in classes of products, instead of naming any specific brands. To summarize, the main categories are
Skin CancerSometimes I will go 6 months without seeing a melanoma but I have had three in the last month that I wanted to tell you about. I try to tell my patients “this is a partnership-my eye will hopefully pick up anything unusual, but I need you to tell me if anything starts changing”. Anyway, three women, all between early 40′s and early 50′s, came to me with a lesion or mole that was changing. All had been there about 6 weeks. All were biopsied and found to be melanoma. What gives me goose bumps and the message I want to convey is, if you believe a mole is changing or even have a new lesion you are worried about, try to see me in a week or two because these things can grow quickly. Basal cell carcinomas are a different story-we can watch something possibly suspicious over several months before we decide to biopsy and it only grows locally. As you know, as a rule of thumb, basal cells don’t metastasize and kill. So, what can I do to help? I usually have openings within the next two weeks, although it may not be at our preferred time. However, even if I have a full schedule, if you are concerned about one changing mole or new lesion, I would rather see you at the end of the day than think you waited because you could not get in. Just tell the front desk you have a changing mole and to schedule you at the end of the day! Now that I have said that, if you have a list of other issues, I may make you reschedule for those, BUT if I am suspicious about a mole, I will take it off that day…After seeing these three cases, I just wanted to get this off my chest. Fortunately, the three cases I talked about are in the early stages and I think all will be well. I am not trying to make you paranoid or scared; I would just hate to see you blow something off for months. I did speak to 2 of the women already about writing this to you, and they thought it was a good idea. Pass it on to a friend if you want.
DermatologyLocated near Touro Hospital (Buckman Building) in Uptown New Orleans, it is Uptown Dermatology and Aesthetic’s mission to provide our patients with excellent care to help them achieve the healthiest and the best looking skin possible. Dr. Meyer believes in constantly continuing her education, and we are frequently learning and delivering to our patients the newest and most innovative products and services available.
EczemaSometimes our skin can become so dry that we get “nummular eczema”, which are round, sometimes red, patches that can resemble ringworm. Fortunately, this condition responds to dry skin treatment including lubrication and prescription steroid cremes, and not ringworm medicine.
Skin CareDo you feel it is too late to start this now? It is never too late, but this should also be a wake up call to teach your children the basics of skin care.
PsoriasisDr. Sharon Meyer is probably the 15th dermatologist I’ve seen in the past 25 years of dealing with my psoriasis. She is by far the best, was an advocate for me with the insurance companies, and made a 100% improvement in my condition when no one else could. She’s great.
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