According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. “In fact, more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined.” They go on to say that “You don’t need x-rays or blood tests to find skin cancer early- just your eyes and a mirror. If you have skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success.”
In order to use your mirror and your eyes in detecting your skin cancer, you must first know what your skin normally looks like. There’s no way of detecting something abnormal if you don’t know what “normal” looks like in the first place. (more…)
November is known for celebrating Thanksgiving, but did you know that it’s also National Healthy Skin month? During this time, we’d like to highlight a skin condition that is a cancer of your skin. It may be less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. While some people are more susceptible to melanoma due to gender, age, race and family genes, there are some things you can do to lower your chances of getting it.
As the temperatures get cooler, the tendency is to become less concerned about sun protection and safety. It’s important to remember that you can lower your risk of melanoma by protecting your skin from UV rays.
Be On The Lookout (more…)
If you’re experiencing facial paralysis you most likely have a facial droop which results in an asymmetrical appearance to your face. Visually you may appear that you are frowning when you are really trying to smile at someone.
Your facial paralysis not only has visual effects, but it also can be causing you emotional strain. The balanced appearance you possibly once had, is now gone. You’re feeling a sense of loss of what used to be. You may also feel misunderstood due to your inability to use your facial expressions as body language. Most likely your facial paralysis has been caused by trauma to your facial nerve, a wide variety of syndromes, or Lyme disease. Not only are you experiencing the physical results of any of those conditions, but also your facial paralysis is one more burden you are carrying. (more…)
Among the amazing features and functions of the nose, in the world of plastic surgery we frequently overlook the sense of SMELL. As a nose specialist, I have worked with many patients suffering from smell-loss (called hyposmia if the sense is present but reduced, and anosmia if all meaningful sense of smell is gone). This deficit is not as debilitating as the loss of vision or hearing, nor is it as easily apparent to others around us. Rather, anosmia carries with it a unique burden and very real detriment in quality of life – diminishing our relationship with food, with our intimate partners, and even with our memories. I recently came across a short documentary film made by a sufferer of anosmia, and it was captivating. Jacob LaMendola, an independent filmmaker, created this piece, and it can be found in the Op-Docs archives on the New York Times website (www.nytimes.com/video).