Unless as a child you had a serious skin condition, it is unlikely that you make a habit of going to the dermatologist. There are a lot of people who find themselves visiting our office for the first time as an adult. More times than not, if you have an issue with your skin, hair or nails, our board-certified dermatologists can help to come up with an effective solution. Really, there are a lot of reasons why a person should visit a dermatologist.
One reason to visit a dermatologist is if you have a mole or a sunspot. It really doesn’t matter if the mole is something that you’ve had from the moment you were born or if it’s something that recently appeared. Consulting our dermatologist and having a full skin exam on an annual basis is a key way of preventing skin cancer.
You should visit our office if you notice any changes in your moles or in your sunspots. These changes could include a change in size, a change in color or a change in symptoms. A change in symptoms means that your mole did not itch before and now it itches every day. Or your mole never bled before and now it is bleeding. It is especially important for you to make visits to our dermatologist a regular part of your health screening if you have family members who have a history of abnormal moles or who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Something that’s good to remember is that skin cancer can affect people regardless of their skin color. Just because you have a darker skin complexion, this does not mean that you are immune to skin cancer.
Another reason to visit our state-of-the-art dermatologist office is because you have problems with acne. Most people will turn to an over-the-counter medication or use some home remedy to address their acne. However, this does not always work for everyone. There are some people who have persistent acne that does not go away on its own. Additionally, there are some diseases that look like acne, but are a lot worse. And if you use traditional acne treatments to try to address these diseases, far from making the problem better, you’re only going to make it worse.
Our board-certified dermatologists at RidgeView Dermatology are experts when it comes to skin, hair and nails. They can provide you with care when it comes to dealing with these areas that you will not be able to find anywhere else. These are just a few of the reasons why making a visit to our office a part of your health screening routine is a good idea. We have locations in Smith Mountain Lake and Lynchburg. Contact us today to schedule a dermatology appointment.