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By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
September 14, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center have convenient locations for you in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomasville, NC, and Kernersville, NC. Our skilled team of dermatologists and medical professionals is here for all your skincare needs.

Why do I need a dermatologist?

If you're looking for a new dermatologist in Winston Salem, Thomasville, or Kernersville, NC, or you've never seen a dermatologist, Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center is here for you.

Some of the most common reasons people seek out a dermatologist are:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer
  • Rashes
  • Wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Varicose veins

We can help diagnose and treat these different skin conditions and address cosmetic concerns with aesthetic treatments. Come see us today so we can get you looking and feeling your best. 

How often should I go?

The typical recommendation is to see your dermatologist at least once a year for a check-up. Even if you don't have a history of skin cancer, you should get a full-body exam. Your doctor can examine areas you aren't able to inspect and detect any new problems. If you have a history of atypical moles or are prone to other skin issues, you'll want to see your doctor for an exam more often.

Tips for your appointment

When you see your dermatologist, be honest with your provider about your routines and hygiene habits. Make sure you take the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns you and ask your provider about doing self-exams and what to look out for.
 
Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center are here for all your skincare needs. See one of our dermatologists at least once a year for an exam. Contact us for an appointment in Winston Salem at (336) 768-1280, in Thomasville at (336) 714-0238, and in Kernersville at (336) 768-1280.

By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
February 18, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mole   Dermatologist  
When To See a Dermatologist for a Mole
Worried that all those years of sunbathing have caught up with you? Do you have a family history of skin cancer? If so, these might be reasons to turn to a dermatologist every year for skin cancer screenings. These dermatology screenings can help us catch cancerous lesions early on when they are highly treatable. Of course, you should also be performing your own monthly examinations, checking your skin from head to scalp, to look for skin cancer. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for,

Remember Your ABCDEs

This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
  • A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
  • B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
  • C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
  • E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Lookout for These Moles, Too

Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
  • New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
  • Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
If you have a growth that has you concerned, a skin doctor can easily examine and biopsy the growth to determine if it’s cancerous. If it is, we offer a variety of treatment options that can remove the cancerous growth and help you get back to living your life.