Moles, Skin Cancer and Imperfections
Moles are skin growths produced when melanocytes, the cells in charge of skin pigmentation, grow in groups. This occurs naturally in all types of skin, nevertheless it is important to have periodic checks because any of those apparent moles may be a malignant lesion and/or grow into cancer. Skin cancer can be removed in 100% if its timely detected, depending on the variety of carcinogenic cells. The most frequent type of cancer does not have symptoms, which is why it is important to constantly check the skin. Other kinds of moles appear in unwanted places, with hair or in an antiesthetic form. Nowadays it is possible to remove them through dermatological procedures, taking care of the skin esthetics. It is important to analyze certain characteristics of moles so as to determine whether they need to be studied in detail and confirm the type of lesion or malignancy.
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This is the best method to confirm the diagnosis and treat the mole. If it has a suspicious aspect, the best thing to do is to apply safety surgical measures. The histopathological study must be performed by a specialist.
It is performed on lesions that may be malignant or when we need to determine whether a lesion has been completely removed. Results are obtained between 10 and 15 days
Fibromas are known lesions commonly called “warts”. They usually appear in the neck, armpits, groins and other areas with creases. They have a hereditary component, apart from being related to overweight or insulin resistance. They are not contagious lesions, but sometimes they can be uncomfortable because of clothes or accessories, apart from being antiesthetic.
A specialist can remove them easily and efficiently. It is a simple procedure that uses anesthesia to then cut and burn the lesions, without leaving any scar. Up to 20 lesions may be removed in one sessions of 15 to 20 minutes. It is important to have a previous valuation from a certified dermatologist in order to corroborate the diagnosis and decide which is the best treatment.
It consists of the direct or indirect application of very low temperatures to the skin, causing the local destruction of the tissue in an efficient and controlled way. By freezing the skin surface, cell temperature drops below zero degrees. Thus, water turns into ice crystals that cause physical damage to the cell since human cells usually die at -25 to -50 ºC. The greatest cell destruction is caused when the tissue is quickly frozen and slowly defrosted, getting more efficient results by applying repeated freezing cycles instead of one long cycle. Some cases where it may be applied are: Verruca vulgaris (periungual, plantar, mosaic, palmer, gingival mucosa and tongue warts), Verruca plana, seborrheic keratosis, Molluscum contagiosum, actinic keratosis (pre-malign or pre-cancerous lesion), and solar or simple senile lentigo. A previous dermatological valuation can indicate the best treatment for each case in our patients.
A certified dermatologist can differentiate moles from spots, and lesions from skin cancer and indicate which is the best treatment in each case. Ask a specialist to check your moles once a year.