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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

A biopsy may not give the whole story

Published on July 29, 2019

Surely when you get a final pathology report from a biopsy you have a definitive diagnosis? Well not always. While diagnosing a basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell cancer is usually pretty straightforward, the biopsy is only a sample of

Too Much or Too Little?

Published on June 28, 2019

Mohs surgery is considered the gold standard for the treatment of most skin cancers. However, not all Mohs surgeons perform the procedure the same way. When performing Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer, the surgeon starts by

You don’t need to be White to get Skin Cancer!

Published on March 5, 2019

While the vast majority of skin cancers occur in whites, nonwhites are not immune. A recent retrospective study showed that in whites and Hispanics basal cell carcinoma was the most frequent skin cancer diagnosis, however in blacks and Asians, the

Melanomas are not always dark

Published on February 21, 2019

Most people would be concerned about a mole that became very dark. Any we know that the vast majority of melanomas are pigmented, that is they look black, brown or maybe dark blue and often more than one shade or

Extremity moles linked to increase skin cancer risk.

Published on February 19, 2019

The association between having lots of atypical moles all over your body and subsequent melanoma is well established. In a more recent prospective study the risk of moles on the extremities (arms and legs) was specifically looked at. Patients with

Melanoma in US Hispanics

Published on January 30, 2019

While it is true that the darker your natural skin pigmentation the lower your risk of melanoma, no one is immune. In Hispanics, as expected the rate of melanoma is lower than non-Hispanic whites. However the melanomas that are diagnosed

Facial exercise can make you look younger!

Published on January 9, 2019
Mature woman sitting in countryside

You already know that working out your body can make you look and feel better. Now evidence that facial exercises can make you look younger. In this study, women aged 40-65 years old were given facial exercises to perform for

Beware of those Cosmic Rays!

Published on January 9, 2019
Sunrise over Thailand out of a plane.

I often see pilots and cabin crew as patients for skin cancer treatment, and have suspected that the increased UV and cosmic radiation exposure at altitude with every flight might be a contributing factor. A recent analysis published by the

Indoor Tanning: Its worse than you think!

Published on November 13, 2018

We already know that the extra UV exposure from indoor tanning increases your risk of skin cancer. New research now show that melanoma patients who had previously used indoor tanning had a much higher risk of developing a second melanoma

Don’t Ignore that Itch!

Published on October 15, 2018

The fact that itch may be associated with internal malignancy has previously been suspected. A recent study looked back at over 16,000 adult patient seen at the Johns Hopkins Health System from 2013-2017. They compared those with itch vs those

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