Are You Seeing Spots?

Are You Seeing Spots?Spots are cute on puppies but not on your skin!  I can help you get rid of those unwanted spots.

What are all these spots anyway?

 

Skin Tags– A skin tag is a small growth that usually occurs in areas of friction or where the skin creases such as the neck or underarm area.  Skin tags are generally thought to be hereditary.  Skin tags are harmless but can be annoying especially on the neck where shirt collars can rub and necklaces can get caught on them.

Cherry Angiomas– Cherry angiomas, sometimes called red moles, are a collection of small blood vessels.  They can appear on any part of the body, typically on people 30 and older. If you tend to get them you will get more as you get older.  They are harmless but can bleed if cut or scratched.  They will also get larger and more difficult to treat so if they are bothersome it’s better to take care of them while they’re still small.

Seborrheic Keratosis– Seborrheic Keratoses are growths that can develop as you get older.  In fact, most people will get at least a few as they age.  They can occur on any part of the body but are most common on the chest and back.  They vary in color from a very light tan to almost black and are most often rough but can also be smooth.  They can be very tiny or quite large with some over an inch in diameter.

Hyperpigmentation spots– These spots are often referred to as age spots, sun spots or liver spots.  Hyperpigmentation spots are the result of excess melanin in the skin and are caused by sun exposure and aging.  Hyperpigmentation spots occur more often on areas that receive the most sun exposure such as the face and backs of the hands.  If you do a lot of driving you may also notice more spots on the left side of your face.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia– Sebaceous glands, sometimes called oil glands, secrete a substance called sebum.  Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin condition where these glands become enlarged and produce yellowish or flesh colored bumps.  They are relatively small- 3 mm or less in diameter and usually indented in the middle.  They are typically seen on people with oily or combination skin.

How do we get rid of these spots?

I use a machine called Skin Classic which uses electrodesiccation to dehydrate the lesion.  The lesion will form a scab, which will fall off anywhere from a week to a few weeks later, depending on the type and size of the lesion.

Contact us today to find out more about how you can have clear spot-free skin.

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