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5 Reasons to Get a Year-End Skin Exam

January is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to schedule an end-year skin exam with Dr. Brian P. Mekelburg, a board-certified dermatologist and skin specialist in Los Angeles, CA.

Here are five reasons to consider booking an appointment before the new year.

1. Detect Skin Cancer Early

A skin exam is the only way to detect skin cancer early. Early intervention is key to a positive outcome, whether treating basal or squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. Luckily, skin cancer is highly treatable and has an extremely high cure rate.

Those with a greater risk of skin cancer should have annual screenings. Risk factors include:

  • Being fair-haired or red-headed
  • Having pale-colored eyes
  • A history of using tanning beds or sun lamps
  • A history of or current intense sun exposure
  • A family history of skin cancer of any kind
  • New growths on the body or changes to moles or birthmarks

2. Address Concerns Over Moles or Marks

Though moles and marks are extremely common and generally benign, they can change with age or sun exposure. Sometimes, there may not be a definitive cause for the change, but you should address any noticeable differences in size, shape, or color with a dermatologist.

3. Tailor Your Skincare Regime

A dermatologist is a skin expert; Dr. Mekelburg can recommend the perfect products and cosmetic skin treatments based on your age, skin complexion, and any underlying conditions you have. Through personalized care, you can find the best products and treatments to address concerns such as:

  • Acne and scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Dark undereye circles
  • Redness, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation

4. Discuss Skin Changes

Skin changes are a natural part of life, but they can cause stress and worry. If you notice more wrinkles forming, sun spots, new freckles, or texture changes, a year-end skin exam is the best way to address all your concerns.

The benefit of working with a board-certified dermatologist is the ability to treat both medical and cosmetic concerns simultaneously.

5. Develop Preventive Skincare

Regular skin exams are an investment in your overall wellness. They are the best way to maintain your skin health and catch potential issues before they seriously impact your well-being.

Schedule Your Year-End Skin Exam at The Office of Brian P. Mekelburg, MD, FAAD

Dr. Mekelburg and Charlotte Carlson, PA-C, provide patients with exceptional treatments, preventive care, and support for their skin. In addition to leading medical treatments, our team also provides a wide range of cosmetic treatments ranging from lasering to dermal fillers and more.

Please contact us today at (310) 659-9075 or submit our contact form.

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