When should San Antonio residents visit a medical dermatologist?
We all know that we should have a yearly medical physical with our family care physician and visit our dentist at least twice a year. We also know to call a doctor when we have pain that doesn’t go away, or can’t be explained by a common cold or flu. However, many people don’t know if they need a dermatologist, how often to schedule appointments, or even what a dermatologist does.Scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist is important for several reasons. First, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends having an annual skin exam every year. While your family care physician could perform this exam, many do not or are not as expert at spotting abnormalities as a dermatologist. This annual checkup is especially important for those who are at higher risk of skin cancer – patients who have light hair and eye color with more than 40 moles on their body. Early detection of skin cancer is vital to successfully treating it.
While annual screenings are important, you should also keep an eye on your skin and call for an appointment if you notice a change in the shape, size, or color of any of your moles. A dermatologist will be able to confirm if the mole is suspicious, remove it, and then examine it under a microscope to look for cancerous cells.
Additionally, a dermatologist can provide professional advice about caring for your skin. Many patients suffer from eczema, a condition that results in dry, irritated, itchy, and flaky skin, or they have acne. While there are many lotions, creams, and cleansers available at the drugstore for both of these conditions, only a dermatologist can steer you in the right direction to ensure that you don’t purchase a product that will dry or irritate your skin, or one that will further exacerbate the problem.
Visiting a dermatologist is important to your overall medical health. To put it simply, when you look better, you feel better. Dr. Vivian Bucay is committed to making sure that your skin is healthy and beautiful. Whether you’ve never seen a dermatologist, haven’t had a skin care appointment in a few years, or if you’re looking for a new doctor who is both an expert in skin care and a leader in minimally invasive procedures, call the Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics in San Antonio, TX, today to schedule an appointment.
Please call our West Craig Place location at 210.692.3000 or our Hardy Oak location at 210.370.9995 to schedule an appointment.