5 Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist about Skin Tags and More

by Paul on January 24, 2014


Don’t you just hate it when you go visit a doctor and don’t walk away feeling like you got what you’d come in for? Ideally, medical professionals should be able to provide you with all the necessary information – however, some of them aren’t prepared to do so, others are overworked, in understaffed facilities, while others simply don’t take this patient-centered approach to wellness. For all these reasons, we’ve prepared a brief checklist of five questions to ask your dermatologist about skin tags, as well as about other pressing issues. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s our attempt to help you never walk out of a dermatologist appointment again feeling dissatisfied or rushed out.

Q#1 How can you steer clear of skin cancer?

Unfortunately, there is no foul proof solution to avoiding skin cancer – however, there are plenty of things you can do to improving your odds at a melanoma-free lifetime. Wearing sunscreen and shielding your face with hats are first on the list. You can also do more in terms of basic daily skincare routines, like using a DNA repair enzyme cream – according to some researchers, it can lower your risks of getting skin cancer by some 30 to 50 per cent.

Q#2 Everything you need to ask your dermatologist about skin tags

Where do they come from? Are they benign or malignant? How can you get rid of them? What skin tag removal options does he/she know of and recommends? When you ask your dermatologist about skin tags, make sure you pack on all the questions, because this issue can become a real nuisance if left untreated. While most skin tags are not cancerous skin lesions and are simply caused by genetics and aging, it’s still important to get rid of them, if you feel their presence is affecting your self-esteem. So check out your options and decide whether you want to go for a painless at-home treatment like Tag Away, or an invasive, potentially scarring surgical removal.

Q#3 Is your skin aging well?

Believe it or not, there’s a standard for skin aging and its’ best to be informed about this. By and large, people who spend more time exposed to direct sunlight tend to be more exposed to the effects of premature skin aging. Wrinkles and sun spots are tell-tale signs, while Botox, fillers, and Retinoid creams are the go-to solutions that most dermatologists will suggest.

Q#4 What kind of sunscreen should you use?

The development of science and medicine have made it so there are several types of sunscreen available on the market. Most of the older ones protect you from UVB rays, but contemporary research says it’s actually UVA rays that cause melanoma. And, yes, in case you were wondering, tanning beds only employ UVA light – so steer clear of them to begin with. In terms of sunscreen, choose one that is clearly designed to block out UVA sun rays, if you want to actually invest in some useful protection and not just a false sense of comfort.

Q#5 Should you get cosmetic surgery?

Most people who visit dermatologists for purely cosmetic reasons will hold on to this question, yet fail to ask it, out of a sense of guilt and/or shame. However, if looking young is important to you, who better to check with than your dermatologist? Know that your options are resurfacing, fillers, face lifts, and Botox. Of course, there are differences in terms of cost, effectiveness, and suitability to each patient between all these solutions, so check with your dermatologist to see which one he recommends for you. Ideally, the should help draw up your cosmetic surgery profile, which, in turn, will help you understand what kind of procedure you should go in for.

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