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Nashville Dermatologist -- Should I get this checked? A guide to skin cancer awareness

Nashville Dermatologist -- Should I get this checked? A guide to skin cancer awareness

One of the most common questions we get asked is, "How do I know if my mole is cancerous?"

Here in the Southeastern United States, we are all exposed to the damaging effects of UV rays Every. Single. Day. Rain or shine, winter or summer, the sun is always out and most of us experience the damaging effects of UV radiation. And we know for a fact that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.

So, what are the warning signs that you may be developing a skin cancer?

The pnemonic "ABCDE" is helpful in evaluating whether that new mole is worrisome or not. If your mole meets one or more of the following criteria, you ought to have your mole checked:

A = asymmetry -- when the two sides of your mole don't match

B = border -- if the border or edge of your mole is irregular

C = color -- if the mole is multiple colors or changing colors

D = diameter -- if the mole is growing in size or is larger than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser)

E = evolution -- if the mole is changing

And in general, we find it most helpful to evaluate by the "new or changing" criteria - which means if you have a mole that is new or changing, you ought to have it looked at -- particularly if it has irregularities in color, shape, or border or has become symptomatic such as itching or bleeding.

And don't be fooled if the mole isn't brown! Although melanoma often has pigment with it, it can be pink and other skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are often pink.

When in doubt, get it checked!

Nashville Dermatologist -- Kybella available now!

We are excited that we are now offering Kybella® at Traceside!

What exactly is Kybella®, you might ask? It is a new injectable medication that targets sub-mental fullness, or "double-chin," and it is a first-in-class medication to address this difficult-to-treat area.

One of the most exciting things about Kybella® is that it is non-surgical -- no need to undergo surgery or aggressive laser procedures, if you are unhappy with this particular area. Prior to Kybella®, patients who wanted to address their sub-mental fullness needed to undergo liposuction or other invasive procedures. 

Kybella is performed as a series of 2-4 treatments, each 4-6 weeks apart. After the skin is properly cleansed, numbed, and marked, Dr. Valet injects very small amounts of the medication directly into the fat pad, where it works to slowly dissolve the unwanted fat over time.

If you are interested in Kybella, call our office to set up a consultation. And for a limited time, we are able to offer a $400 rebate through Brilliant Distinctions for our patients who purchase their first two treatments of Kybella® as a package.

Enroll in Brilliant Distinctions for free today and start earning points towards future treatments!