When Should a Mole be Removed?

Chances are, you probably have at least one mole somewhere on your body. While moles are completely normal and often harmless, some can be a sign of something more serious like skin cancer. For suspicious or unwanted moles, you might decide to have them partially removed for testing, or removed completely. There are certain cases in which you should consider mole removal.

You are at a Higher Risk for Skin Cancer

Those at a higher risk of skin cancer should have moles checked and tested on a more regular basis. Fair skin, regular exposure to the sun, use of tanning beds, or a family history of skin cancer can all increase your risk. Having regular skin cancer screenings can help check for suspicious moles that are not easily visible to you.

You Notice an ABCDE Sign of Skin Cancer

The ABCDEs can be used when checking your body for signs of melanoma skin cancer. These signs include asymmetry, border irregularity, color (not uniform), diameter (larger than 6mm), and evolution (changes in shape, size, or color). While these signs don’t always mean you have skin cancer, you should schedule an appointment to have them checked and tested to be sure. If you notice a suspicious mole, it is better to receive treatment right away to catch skin cancer in its earliest stage and give you some peace of mind.

The Appearance is Bothersome

Moles aren’t just removed to reduce your risk of cancer, they can be removed for cosmetic purposes. If you have a mole in a very visible location that is bothering you or even making you feel self-conscious, you might choose to have it removed. The mole can still be tested if there is any concern of skin cancer.

If you have a suspicious or bothersome mole, contact our office to schedule your skin cancer screening or mole removal with Dr. Baird.

Choosing a Treatment for your Acne

Acne can affect anyone at any age and can be frustrating to get rid of. Acne that does not improve with the use of washes, creams, and other at home solutions might require a different treatment done by a professional. Depending on the type of acne you suffer from, you might receive one of several treatment options.

Extraction

During acne extraction, an extractor tool is used to apply pressure and remove the insides of the pimple. If your acne consists of blackheads or whiteheads, an extraction treatment could help you. This treatment can clean the pores of debris, helping to prevent future breakouts. This acne treatment is not the same as popping a pimple and should only be done by a professional.

Cryotherapy

During cryotherapy for acne treatment, liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the skin and formed inside the cells. The top layer of skin is removed along with blackheads, whiteheads, and any debris clogging the pores. Treatment with liquid nitrogen could help you with this type of acne and in some cases, remove growths.

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels use a chemical solution such as glycolic or salicylic acid to remove layers of damaged, problem causing skin. A professional will leave the solution on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing. After treatment, the skin will peel to show healthy, clear skin underneath. The cells regenerate for improved texture and appearance. Chemical peels can also improve the appearance of scarring left from past breakouts.

If at-home solutions have failed to improve your stubborn acne, you might benefit from one of these in-office acne treatments. A consultation with Dr. Baird will be necessary to ensure you are a good candidate and can help you decide which treatment can help solve your acne problems. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

What to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Not all tattoos turn out or remain the way you hoped, or maybe the tattoo you got in high school just doesn’t fit you anymore. Whatever the case, tattoo removal is available to reduce, and in some cases, completely remove unwanted tattoos. Here’s what you need to know about the process and what to expect.

The Color of Your Tattoo Matters

During laser tattoo removal, lasers with high-intensity light beams are directed at the tattoo and work to break down pigment colors. Because black absorbs all laser wavelengths, this pigment is the easiest to treat and can sometimes be completely removed. Other darker colors such as blue are also easier to treat, however, some brighter colors can only be faded, not removed completely.

Several Treatments Will be Required

Depending on the color, size, and placement of your tattoo, you may require several treatments to get rid of your tattoo. You will see improvement after each treatment with the tattoo becoming lighter. While some parts of your tattoo may always be visible, the appearance can be greatly diminished with several laser treatments, making the tattoo a lot less noticeable to you and others.

There Will be Some Discomfort

Laser tattoo removal can cause some discomfort but very few patients require anesthesia. There are some things you can do before and after the procedure to ease this discomfort. In some cases, anesthesia cream can be applied to the area before treatment. Immediately after treatment, you will want to use ice to soothe the area and apply an antibiotic cream to protect it. It is important to use sunscreen on the area when outside.

If you are in the Farmington, Michigan area and have an unwanted tattoo that you’re ready to have removed, contact Dr. Baird today to schedule your first consultation.

Options for Acne Treatment

Acne can affect individuals of any age, skin type, and skin tone. When acne doesn’t respond to diet changes, acne washes, or spot cream, it may seem impossible to get rid of. Choosing to have an acne treatment can end these frustrations and have you on your way to clearer skin. Learn more about the different acne treatment options offered and how you can benefit!

Extraction

Depending on the type of acne you have, manual extraction could be used to treat your skin. Blackheads and whiteheads can be extracted by opening up the pores and removing any oils or debris. Pimples that have become inflamed or turned into pustules can also be extracted. If you suffer from cystic acne, a different treatment option will have to be used to avoid damage to the skin.

Liquid Nitrogen

A liquid nitrogen facial can be used to freeze blemishes on the face, flushing away toxins in the skin and reducing pore size, slowing future development of acne. Peeling of the skin occurs to reduce whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and other bumps. Treatment only takes a few minutes and more treatments can be performed to reduce acne scar appearance.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is applied to the skin to induce peeling of the outer layer. The damaged layer is removed to show new, smoother skin and future breakouts are prevented. Some peels can also be used to treat light scarring caused by acne.

Consultation to Choose Treatment

If you are in the Farmington Michigan area, Dr. Baird can help you choose which acne treatment is best for you. Call today to schedule your initial consultation and be on your way to clearer, smoother skin.