Despite greater awareness and education about the dangers of sun damage and overexposure, skin cancer diagnoses have been on the rise in recent years, especially among younger adults. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. As with most types of cancer, prevention and early detection are the keys to successful treatment. The dermatologists at Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record, recommend regular skin cancer screenings and taking precautions to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
There are three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell
- Squamous cell
Skin cancers typically develop in areas of the body that receive the most exposure to the sun, but they can develop anywhere. Knowing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is important in order to receive a timely diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changes to existing moles, new growths, rashes or scaly patches, or sores that don't heal properly.
The treatment options depend on the severity and type of skin cancer. If a growth or lesion looks suspicious, the dermatologist may remove it and send it to the lab for a biopsy. In some cases, removing the mole or lesion is all that is necessary. Melanoma is the most likely to spread to other parts of the body if left untreated, in which case surgery, medication, radiation, and chemotherapy may be necessary.
Taking common-sense precautions against sun damage and familiarizing yourself with your personal risk factors can help you lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Find a Dermatologist in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
For more information about skin cancer prevention, warning signs, and treatment options, contact Atlas Dermatology to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists by calling (225) 313-4560 in Baton Rouge or (225) 313-4560 in Prairieville.
Noticing some changes in a mole? It might be time to get it checked out.
When was the last time you performed a self-exam on your skin? If you don’t know, or if you haven’t been doing this, it’s important that you start. After all, early detection of melanoma and non-melanoma growths is vitally important for your health. Our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record are here to offer some helpful tips on what to check for when it comes to suspicious moles.
Know Your ABCDEs
Learning your ABCs didn’t just come in handy as a child, it can also help you detect skin cancer, as well. Here are the ABCDEs that you should follow when it comes to checking your skin:
Asymmetry: One half of the mole doesn’t look the same as the other half (healthy moles are symmetrical)
Border: Moles that have jagged, poorly defined borders
Color: Moles that contain multiple colors (healthy moles should be a single color)
Diameter: Moles that are larger than 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
Evolving: Moles that change in color, shape or size, as you get older (moles should stay the same over time)
Everyone should come in once a year for a routine skin cancer screening, even if they don’t have any risk factors. Of course, those with a personal or family history of skin cancer might want to come in more regularly for checkups. You’ll also want to make sure that you are dedicated to performing monthly self-exams. During your screening we can give you pointers for how to perform a comprehensive and thorough skin examination on yourself.
Of course there are ways to prevent skin cancer. Make sure that you are always wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day that has at least an SPF of 30 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply a generous amount to your face and body about 20 minutes before going outside and make sure to reapply every two hours (or immediately after getting out of the water).
Wear protective clothing that doesn’t allow the rays to penetrate as easily through the fabric. Don’t forget to sport sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when going outside. When outside opt for shady areas rather than sitting directly in the sun. Whenever possible, try to avoid being in the sun for long periods of time between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, is here to provide comprehensive dermatology for the whole family. No matter if you are concerned about the health of your skin or just want to schedule your annual skin cancer screening, give us a call today.
Due to its location, your complexion is one of the most noticeable parts of your body. For this reason, keeping your facial skin looking great can also help you feel great, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. A chemical peel can help you tighten your facial skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and achieve an even skin tone. Find out more about chemical peels with Dr. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record at Atlas Dermatology with locations in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution placed on the facial skin to remove the damaged outer layers of skin. These layers of skin become damaged due to age, sun damage, or other factors. A chemical peel produces results which tighten the skin and smooth unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure also improves the appearance of the skin’s color, providing an evener texture and color. A dermatologist performs a chemical peel procedure in their office during a procedure lasting around 30 minutes. Different types and strengths of chemical peels provide different levels of results.
What can I expect during a chemical peel?
Before your chemical peel, your dermatologist will talk with you about your expectations and wishes and tailor your treatment to you. You will lay on an examination table and your doctor will cleanse and prepare the skin for the chemical solution. After placing the solution on the facial skin with water, your doctor lets it sit for an allotted amount of time before rinsing the solution from the skin. After your procedure, your face will be red and may sting. However, these side effects will resolve themselves after a day or two. Follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions exactly to avoid complications or lengthened healing times.
Chemical Peels in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA
For more information on chemical peels, please contact Dr. Massengale, Dr. LeBlanc, and Dr. Record at Atlas Dermatology. Call (225) 313-4560 to schedule your appointment in Baton Rouge or Prairieville today!
What your dermatologists in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, Louisiana want you to know
Do you want to enjoy healthy skin for life? Of course you do, because healthy skin helps you look great, and it also protects you. Your skin doctors at Atlas Dermatology want to help you learn how to properly care for your skin. They have two convenient office locations in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, Louisiana to serve your skin care needs.
Even if you don’t take care of your skin, it has a wonderful ability to heal itself, but your skin can look so much better if you take care of it. Fortunately, taking proper care of your skin only requires a few minutes every day. A few minutes of time can help keep the years and the environment from damaging your face.
Just follow these simple steps to take proper care of your skin:
- Clean your skin at least once each day, more often if you wear makeup or are outside in the weather. Use mild products like foams or gels instead of soap.
- Dry your skin by patting it gently, don’t rub. Remember to leave a small amount of moisture on your skin.
- Use a toner to balance the pH of your skin. Use products that are alcohol-free to avoid over-drying your skin.
- Use a daily moisturizer containing at least SPF 15. Use a higher SPF if you spend a lot of time outside.
If it’s summer, try to avoid staying in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM when damaging ultraviolet rays are at their highest. You should also take a few additional preventive steps, including:
- Using a higher sunscreen of at least SPF 30
- Drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated
- Wearing hats, sunglasses and other protection
If it’s winter, you need to:
- Use cream or lotion moisturizer every day
- Limit hot showers or baths to avoid drying your skin
- Use lip balm to keep your lips from chapping
The climate, environment, aging and other factors all put a strain on your skin, but you can keep your skin looking great with just a few simple steps. For more information about skincare, call your skin doctors at Atlas Dermatology, with offices in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, Louisiana. Call today!
For many adults, acne doesn't disappear once the teenage years have passed. These unwanted bumps on your skin aren't always easy to treat at home, which is why the team of dermatologists at Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA - Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record - are here to help you manage your acne. Below, they explain the treatments that go along with the varying degrees of acne.
For acne that totals 30 or fewer lesions, your dermatologist will often recommend topical treatments, which may be prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. This can include medicated face wash that you use once or twice daily or cream that you apply directly to the acne lesions to treat them at the source; these creams often contain retinoids, which help to unclog pores and enhance the effects of the face wash.
Your Prairieville and Baton Rouge dermatologist diagnoses moderate acne when you have between 30 and 125 "spots." In addition to the treatments listed above, a prescription medication that you take by mouth may be necessary to clear up this type of acne. For many people, part of treating acne this way means that it initially gets worse during the time where the body is purging itself of the infection that caused it. It can take several weeks or months before improvement is seen.
Severe acne is easy to recognize; it is red, painful and can leave deep scars. There may be multiple lumps under the skin or the lesions may develop yellow or white bumps in large clusters. Corticosteroids can treat this chronic inflammation, and isotretinoin, which is prescription-strength vitamin A, helps to reduce the oil output from the glands under the skin. Regular appointments with your dermatologist are essential to monitor your progress and address any side effects from these powerful medications.
To schedule an evaluation with one of our dermatologists, contact Atlas Dermatology. We have convenient locations in both Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, making it easier for you to have healthier and more beautiful skin!
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