At Georgia Skin Specialists, we offer comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and care for all adult and pediatric dermatological conditions. We recognize that dermatology is a complicated and dynamic field of medicine with rapidly expanding treatment options for all types of skin disease. The numerous ways the body expresses illness, systemic abnormalities, hormone fluctuations, and sun exposure are all manifested in visible changes to the skin, and as specialists in the field of dermatology, our providers have the power of education and experience to read those visible changes.
At your visit with us, we will look at the details of your skin ailments and their potential causes, and combined with the greater picture, we will develop a treatment plan aimed at maintaining your personal health and wellness, and the durability and wellness of your skin. We want your skin to stay in peak performance shape while you lead a long, healthy life.
Why schedule a skin exam?
We highly recommend that patients schedule annual full body skin examinations as a means for us to monitor changes in one’s skin and to catch potential problems in their initial stages. Skin cancer has become the most prevalent cancer in the United States, and early detection and treatment are paramount for the safest outcome and the best cosmetic result. Because of this, skin cancer awareness is among our providers’ primary concerns.
At Georgia Skin Specialists, our providers spend extra time in their skin exam appointments and incorporate technological resources to map and measure the body from head to toe in detail, providing arguably one of the most comprehensive full body examinations possible. We aim to educate our patients, providing educational materials and empowering them to examine their own skin for early signs of change.
Along with regular evaluation by a dermatologist and self-evaluation, the prevention of skin cancer is primarily based on sun protection and sun avoidance. This is because all forms of skin cancer have been associated with cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light.
Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas are the less serious types of skin cancer and make up 95% of all cases. These rarely metastasize (spread to other parts of the body) and are not usually life-threatening, but they can create a degree of local tissue destruction if left on the body untreated.
Malignant Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Although Melanoma has many potential causes, the two most important factors are sun exposure and genetics. Early detection of Melanoma is key to a good recovery, as it does have the possibility of metastasis and ultimately death if left untreated. Statistics show that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and therefore, it is crucial that you educate yourself and regularly seek the care of a dermatologist.