by Dr. Carmen Montano, M.D.
The skin is the largest organ in our body. It is constantly exposed to a lot of insults and trauma; from internal and external forces. As with any other organ, it deserves good care. Loving attention shows you appreciate it!
External: sun exposure, dry weather, toxins in the environment etc.
Internal: illnesses that can manifest in the skin and help to identify a diagnosis and evolution of a disease. Example: autoimmune diseases, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypo and hyperthyroidism to name a few. Also of course, changes from aging – most commonly manifested by wrinkles, dark spots, dry skin, seborrheic keratoses, etc.
I have been doing Cosmetic Medical Procedures for 11 years and have removed all kind of benign, ugly and unwanted spots, moles and growths. (I perform all procedures myself.) On many occasions, patients have come to me very concerned about a job interview. They thought (and perhaps rightly so) that the interviewer would focus his or her attention on that ugly mole or growth on their face instead of listening to what they had to offer the job. That concern affects self-confidence and adds to the stress and anxiety of the interview.
One patient told me that every morning while she was applying her makeup, the multiple spots on her face were a reminder that she was getting old, and she was concerned as to whether they were benign or not. It has been very gratifying throughout these years to hear that my patients regained their confidence after having a growth or mole removed from their face, including this one. Have you been looking at something over time, ruminating about it over and over?
Unfortunately, many times when patients consult with their primary care physicians, the only response they get is: “don’t worry, it’s benign”. Well…that is good news, but it doesn’t resolve the aesthetic aspect and how it affects their confidence and self-esteem. Just imagine how you will feel after you get rid of that growth on your face and enjoy the younger look of clear skin and a healthier appearance that you project to the world.