When to See a Dermatologist

November 21, 2017
By: Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

For those in the North Dallas, Collin County, or Denton area, when a suspicious mole or itchy rash appears, a trip to a nearby dermatologist is usually in order.

But waiting until a crisis arises is not the best plan of action, as scheduling regular dermatologist visits can actually improve the skin’s condition and help prevent these types of problems from escalating.  

Consider the fact that most people are aware of the need to see a General Practitioner regularly, even if they don’t have pre-existing health concerns. Yearly physicals and scheduled checkups-offer a consistent way to track overall health and establish baselines. Baselines help measure improvements or declines in test results for things like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or weight.

The same is true for dermatology visits and the health of the skin. But, while the skin is the largest organ of the human body, it is also the most often ignored.

Track the Aging Process of the Skin

When first visiting a dermatologist, a full body examination will take place to map out moles, freckles, and check for other existing skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, or acne. This is to establish a “baseline” and determine what is considered normal for the patient’s skin. From there, subsequent visits will be a comparison of that baseline.

Our skin changes with age and loses important elements like collagen and elastin. It becomes drier and more sensitive to the elements; moles or broken capillaries may gradually appear. Often, treating conditions like these with medical-grade topical creams or lasers will prevent them from getting worse over time. Dermatologists have access to clinically proven ingredients that are effective in reducing, for example, signs of aging, treating rosacea, or controlling blemishes.

Knowing the condition of the patient’s skin 5 years ago will help a dermatologist determine if they are aging normally and taking good care of their skin as they grow older. Appropriate preventative measures can be discussed, like the use of medical-grade sunscreens. From childhood to retirement, a dermatologist can help customize an up to date skincare regimen that is superior to over the counter products and offers the most optimal results for every skin type.

Catch Early Warning Signs

Not only do many people have chronic skin conditions like eczema, which can suddenly worsen and become unresponsive to over-the-counter products, they might not know how to recognize when something is going very wrong with their skin. How would someone notice subtle changes in a mole, indicating potential skin cancer, that is located in the center of their back? Regular visits to the dermatologist will put new or suspicious moles on the “radar” so that any anomalies can be caught early enough to be successfully treated.

Dermatology Consultants 

Dermatology Consultants offers a convenient location for those seeking a dermatologist in Denton, Carrollton, or Frisco. These three convenient locations provide fast access to a north Dallas dermatologist. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us help you learn how to take the best care of your skin - it’s the only skin you’ve got!