The skin is the largest organ of the body, covering the entire body. As the outer protective covering of the body, it is exposed to the environment, making it vulnerable to growths, rashes, discoloration, cysts, burns, injuries, infections and other disorders.
Through The Face & Skin Center of University Physicians, we offer dermatology services for both adults and children. Our dermatologists have expertise in treating a variety of skin conditions, including sun-damaged skin, skin cancer, hyperpigmentation, acne, acne scarring, age spots, rosacea and unwanted hair.
Specialists are available through the otolaryngology department to perform Moh’s surgery for skin cancer. Our physicians also remove moles and other skin lesions. Finally, we offer the latest technologies in chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, skin fillers, skin analysis and skin tightening.
- Acne or acne scarring
- Age spots
- Dull, unhealthy-looking skin
- Enlarged pores
- Facial aging
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Leg veins
- Mole/lesion removal
- Nose, cheek and chin reshaping
- Poor skin texture
- Rosacea or eczema
- Skin cancer screening
- Sun-damaged skin
- Unwanted facial hair
Skin cancer concerns
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. More than 3.5 million cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. According to research, the majority of lesions are detected by dermatologists, such as those at UMMC.
Skin cancers can occur anywhere on the body. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are most often are found on areas exposed to the sun.
The most common symptom is a new growth on the skin or a sore that does not heal in the usual time. The first sign of a melanoma is frequently a change in the shape, color, or size of an existing mole, or the appearance of a new mole in adults.
It's important to look for changes in existing moles and new moles. You can remember what type of changes to look for in an existing mole by remembering the ABCD rule:
- Asymmetry: The shape of one half of the mole is different from the other half.
- Borders: The outside edges of the mole are ragged.
- Color: The mole has different shades of colors, such as brown, black, tan, red or blue (although some can be white or have no color change.)
- Diameter: The size of the mole has changed.
If you notice any of these changes in a mole or the growth of a new mole, or a mole begins to bleed or ooze fluid, see your healthcare provider. Skin cancer is diagnosed by a biopsy.