Our skin is ever changing. It is amazing how we can cut it, burn it, get infections in it, and it always heals. It may take some time, but eventually the skin is back to doing its job of protecting the body. Unfortunately, there are times that the skin does not heal or a spot pops up and does not go away. Sometimes it is just a beauty mark, freckles, or a mole. Other times the spot can be very concerning.
In general, it is a good idea to get spots checked out if they are present more than 2 weeks, growing, or changing color. You should also have them checked out if they are crusting, bleeding, or if you are concerned about the spot.
The concern for that spot is skin cancer. There are three main types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. It is always better to get the spot(s) checked quickly and possibly removed quickly. By removing the spot with haste the chances of a cure is extremely high. Most of the time these spots can be removed in the office easily.
The only way to know for sure that your suspicious spot is not cancer is to see a professional. It may need to be watched and possibly even biopsied or removed. If you can think of a spot on your body (you know who you are!) then it is time to make an appointment. Let me help you figure out what is the best course of action for your concerning spot.
Sometimes the spots are in areas that you are concerned about how you will look after it is removed. This concern about appearance can cause a person not to seek treatment. Trust me that I too feel that same concern for you. My training in facial plastic surgery and full body cosmetic surgery will help give you the best chance for a cure and a good cosmetic outcome. Please call (616) 994-2770 for an appointment.