Know what to look for when it comes to skin cancer warning signs.
Whether a member of your family has been diagnosed with skin cancer, you’re fair skinned or you just loved those beach days growing up, there are many reasons people begin to think about the possibility of skin cancer. Our Odessa, TX, dermatologists Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso want you to take your skin health seriously.
Are you performing monthly self-examinations?
How will you know that a mole or growth has developed or changed if you aren’t performing regular skin exams on yourself? It’s important that you are able to pinpoint problems as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need. By conducting thorough skin exams once a month you can detect early warning signs much easier than someone who isn’t in the know.
What should I be looking for?
Whether you just started performing monthly skin exams or you just aren’t sure what you’re looking for, our Odessa, TX, skin doctor is here to help guide your self-exams so that you know what problems should be addressed right away.
Almost all people have moles, and a healthy mole will be completely symmetrical, have a clearly defined border and be a single color. While some people are born with moles, others appear throughout childhood. If you want to figure out if a mole is suspicious, just practice your ABCDEs:
- Asymmetry: This means that if you were to draw a line down the middle of the healthy mole that each side would be identical in size and shape.
- Border: Healthy moles have a clearly defined border, while suspicious moles will have a jagged, blurry or poorly defined border.
- Color: Moles should only be a single color. If you notice a mole has multiple colors or changes color then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
- Diameter: While some melanomas might be small, in most cases, if a mole is larger than a pencil eraser this is a cause for concern.
- Evolving: Moles should remain the same throughout your life. If you notice a new mole, or if a mole changes size, color or shape, then it’s time to schedule a consultation.
It’s also important to visit our dermatologists if you notice that a mole is bleeding, itchy or scaly, if you notice a lump or sore that doesn’t go away, or if there is swelling or redness around a mole. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call one of our offices in Odessa, TX. Turn to Chappell Rosso Dermatology for regular skin cancer screenings.
Shaving, plucking and waxing can be tedious and time-consuming, particularly if you regularly remove large areas of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal can provide a better option. Dermatologists Drs. Robert Chappell Jr. and Ritchie Rosso of Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, TX, explain how laser hair removal works.
Laser light targets hair follicles
Laser light prevents hair by heating and damaging hair follicles. Although the laser light is strong enough to slow or stop the growth of hairs, it won't hurt your skin. Because laser light targets the pigments that give hair its color, it may not be quite as effective on blonde, gray or red hairs.
Laser hair removal can be used to get rid of hair on your:
- Upper lip
- Bikini area
Laser hair removal offers long-lasting results
It usually takes several appointments to completely remove hair from one area of your body. Because all of the hairs may not be at the same point in the growth cycle, you'll probably need about six to eight treatments to ensure that you're completely hair-free. Laser hair removal slows the growth of hairs and may even permanently prevent new growth. If you do eventually experience regrowth, you can become hair-free again by scheduling an appointment with our Odessa office.
What can I expect during a hair removal session?
Prior to the treatment, a cooling gel will be applied to your skin to reduce the warming sensation that occurs when the laser is turned on. You may notice a mild pinching or stinging sensation when the light is aimed at your skin, but the treatment shouldn't be painful. It's not unusual for the skin to look a little red or sunburned for a few days after a hair removal treatment. Minor pain following hair removal treatment can be managed by applying an anti-inflammatory cream or an ice pack to the reddened area.
Would you like to give up shaving and plucking for good? Schedule an appointment with dermatologists Drs. Chappell and Rosso of Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, TX, by calling (423) 333-6603 or (432) 580-8060.
Could you be an ideal candidate for this cosmetic dermatological service? Let’s find out!
Every time you look in the mirror you can’t believe how tired and weathered your skin looks. Maybe years of squinting at your computer has left you with the crow’s feet to prove it. And despite the benefits that come with laughing, you may also have some pretty intense laugh lines that aren’t as attractive. If this sounds like you, our Odessa, TX, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso, Jr., are here to tell you whether you could benefit from Botox treatment.
Before getting any cosmetic dermatology from our Odessa skin doctors it’s important that you understand what goes into getting treatment and to decide whether you have the right qualifications necessary. Here are some factors to consider before getting Botox.
Botox isn’t permanent
While you will get smoother skin and Botox will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles of the face, it’s important to acknowledge that these results aren’t meant to last forever. Botox results usually last about three to four months; however, the good news is that you can continue to get follow-up Botox treatment regularly to maintain your results.
Botox is only effective for certain wrinkles
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static wrinkles. What is the difference? Dynamic wrinkles and lines appear when making facial expressions, while static wrinkles will still be present even when you aren’t making facial expressions. Botox will only effectively treat dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet, laugh lines and forehead wrinkles.
Botox won’t make drastic changes
It’s important to be realistic when it comes to your cosmetic treatment. This is why the consultation process is so important. We want you to understand what Botox and other treatments can offer you and what they can’t so you won’t be disappointed by your results. After all, we want you to be happy with your treatment.
Botox is great for refreshing your appearance but it certainly won’t fix sagging skin and folds. If you want to fix more serious skin problems then you may want to consider more aggressive options like microdermabrasion, chemical peels or even cosmetic surgery.
Are you interested in getting Botox in Odessa, TX? If so, then it’s time you called Laser & Aesthetic Care to find out if you could be the perfect candidate. Let us help you feel comfortable in the skin you’re in.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is scary no matter the type. However, a skin cancer diagnosis often comes along side a recommendation for a revolutionary treatment. Moh’s surgery has a near 99% cure rate and can help you overcome your skin cancer diagnosis and get back on your feet. Find out more about Moh’s surgery with Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr., and Dr. Ritchie Rosso at Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX.
What is Moh’s surgery?
Moh’s surgery is a procedure which treats skin cancer. The procedure itself is highly precise, allowing doctors to remove only the affected skin, leaving the surrounding skin intact. This precision comes from only removing one super-thin layer of skin at a time, then examining it under a microscope. Traditional skin cancer removal involves simply removing the visible cancerous skin and the area around it, damaging the surrounding skin. Moh’s surgery also allows your doctor to accurately remove all the cancerous skin which, in turn, increases the cure rate of the procedure.
What can I expect during Moh’s surgery?
Doctors perform Moh’s surgery on an outpatient basis and the procedure normally lasts less than four hours. Your doctor will begin by numbing the area of the cancerous skin with a local anesthetic. Then, your doctor removes the visible part of the tumor and begins mapping the cancerous skin to ensure its accurate removal. Your doctor will remove the layers of tissue according to this map to ensure they have removed all of the cancerous skin. If necessary, your doctor will reconstruct the skin, then bandage the wound.
Moh’s Surgery in Odessa, TX
Recovery times after Moh’s surgery vary depending on the size and location of the cancer. Some patients can return to their daily activities after a day, while others take several weeks to heal. Consult with your doctor to determine if Moh’s surgery is the best treatment option for your skin cancer.
For more information on Moh’s Surgery, please contact Dr. Chappell and Dr. Rosso at Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX. Call (432) 333-6603 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!
Isn’t it time that you found the right way to tackle your acne problems.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems people deal with and one that leaves a lot of people frustrated. Even though we often associate acne with those tumultuous teen years, so many adults continue to battle serious acne problems for many decades. Luckily, our Odessa, TX, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Richie Rosso, are here to offer up some helpful tips for how to treat your acne and reduce breakouts.
Manage Your Stress
Even though stress doesn’t cause breakouts, it can certainly make your acne issues worse. Blame it on the cortisol that’s being released every time you find yourself feeling anxious. Cortisol can lead to inflammation and cause oil glands to work overtime. Take time everyday to keep your cool, whether this includes a little walk or run through the park, meditation or listening to music. Take time for yourself and your skin.
Avoid Makeup When Breaking Out
If you are already dealing with a pretty bad breakout, the last thing you want to do is cover it up with makeup that you’ll probably leave on most of the day. If you do have to wear makeup, look for products that do not contain oils and that say that they are “non-comedogenic”, which means that they will not clog pores.
Look for the Right Cleansers
There are a ton of acne-fighting products on the market so it can feel rather confusing to know just which one to choose. While there is always trial-and-error and patience with any acne product you choose, look for ones that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid, which can help to kill the bacteria responsible for acne. If you aren’t finding any success with over-the-counter products, then it’s time to talk to our Odessa, TX, skin doctor.
Clean Your Cell Phone
This is a habit that everyone should adopt and yet most people don’t. Think about where your phone has been throughout the course of a day. Now think about how many times you played with your phone and then touched your face. Think about how many calls you’ve made. Yikes! It might make you cringe. It’s a good idea to clean your cell phone with antibacterial wipes at least once a day to keep those nasty germs to a minimum.
Is it time you turned to a medical professional to handle your acne problems in Odessa, TX? If so, our dermatologists are here for you. Call us anytime to schedule your consultation. Clearer skin can be yours!
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