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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Sniffing Out Malignant Melanoma

Published on October 9, 2019

Not for the first time, an article that suggests that dogs can “smell” a melanoma and react to it. A 43 year old women presented to her doctor for evaluation of a mole on her back that had been present

Mohs for Melanoma

Published on September 19, 2019

Fredrick Mohs, the founder of the technique that caries his name,  used his method for the treatment of Melanoma as well as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Since then Mohs surgery has become the gold standard for treating none melanoma

Sex Matters: Men With Melanoma Have a Worse Prognosis Than Women

Published on September 9, 2019

We already know that men tend to present to the doctor with melanomas that are on average more advanced than the melanomas found in women. However, a recent study from the Netherlands found that even when you take into account

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

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