Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology is your premiere center for comprehensive medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatologic care. Our expert medical professionals are proud to offer evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each of our patients' individual needs. Based in the heart of Scottsdale, it is our pleasure to care for patients from Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and surrounding communities in the Valley of the Sun.
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What is Melanoma?
Melanoma starts in the color producing cells of the skin called melanocytes. It may develop from an existing mole or a new mole. Melanoma is one of the fastest spreading and most dangerous types of skin cancer, and can be life threatening if not diagnosed early. While only about one percent of skin cancer cases are attributed to melanoma, it accounts for the most skin cancer-related deaths each year. Melanoma is highly treatable with early diagnosis. A helpful tool to help you identify a mole that may be melanoma is the ABCDE checklist:
- A - Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not look like the other half.
- B - Border. The outline of the mole is irregular.
- C - Color. More than one color can be seen, such as brown, black, red, blue, and white.
- D - Diameter. A mole larger than 6 mm (1/4 inch), which is roughly the size of a pencil eraser.
- E - Evolving. Changes in the mole over time.
At Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology we advise monthly self skin examinations to help you familiarize yourself with your moles and to detect any changes early. We also recommend at least annual full body skin examinations. If you believe you have a melanoma, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with with one of our expert dermatology providers at your earliest convenience.
How is Melanoma Treated at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology?
No single treatment works for everyone. Factors such as location, severity, previous therapy, and other medical conditions may guide treatment decisions. The expert dermatology providers at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology will help you choose which treatments are best for your melanoma as well as review the risks and benefits. Options include:
- Surgical removal
- Slow Mohs surgery
What Can I Expect after My Melanoma Treatment?
The recurrence rate and aesthetic results will depend on a variety of factors. Treatment performed, type and size of the melanoma, location on the body, skin elasticity, and sun damage will play a role. Optimal healing may require activity restrictions from 1-3 weeks depending on the site and complexity of the procedure. Swelling, tenderness, and mild discomfort are normal following treatment and typically resolve within a few days.
Am I a Good Candidate for Melanoma Treatments?
If you have melanoma, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dermatology providers to discuss your unique concerns. At Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology, we will be by your side each step of the way on your skin cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment to ongoing preventative care.
The expert medical professionals at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology are proud to offer comprehensive, personalized treatments for a variety of medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatologic concerns. Please contact us to schedule your appointment today at 480-998-1400. We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to your care.