How do you differentiate what is of concern on face? I have a lot of sun exposed parts of my face where I see the spots (around my eyes, temples, etc. . ) maybe more now than I did some years ago, etc. . but how I do distinguish what is of concern, I don’t want the Dr slicing and dicing my face everytime I go in
I have those too, age spots they call them. Sort of bad looking freckles that are due to sun exposure. Your derm should be able to differentiate and not biopsy everything. But I do with whether they are flat.
I just went to the derm yesterday for a suspicious lesion biopsy, probably squamous/basal cell. I did have some of those big freckle things and she burned one of them off saying it was an AK. It is something that precedes the less dangerous skin cancers not melanoma. Your derm should be able to distinguish. We pay the price of overexposure to the sun at some point!
so it’s ok if the burn something off, even though they obviously cannot do pathology on it? you’re saying they can rule out melanoma by looking, so they know it’s not that, and then burn off in case it’s something less dangerous?
These are precursers to basal/squamous cell most likely, and very early on! So yes, I trust my derms judgement to burn off these if they look a little suspicious. The only biopsy was for something with more growth and then she may suggest Mohs surgery or not I hope. But we’re talking common skin cancers not melanoma.