Most medical professionals considering checking sun spots to be very important. Sun spots, in rare cases, may be cancerous and may even point to an increased risk of skin cancer. Talking to a skincare professional is strongly encouraged.
Consult a Dermatologist or Physician
While many skincare professionals are qualified to treat sun spots, the initial diagnosis should be made by a dermatologist or physician to be sure that the patient does not have skin cancer. Treatment will often depend on their diagnosis, as sun spots may be treated using various cosmetic treatments such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, and skin cancer may require surgery or other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Treating Sun Spots
Once sun spots have been confirmed and deemed benign, patients may begin the process of choosing how to treat the condition. As sun spots are not considered a medical concern, whether or not to seek treatment is up to the patient. The condition may be embarrassing and may cause self-consciousness, so many choose to undergo treatment.
An educated patient is often a more successful patient. Going into an appointment with some degree of knowledge of one's symptoms and condition is often very helpful in directing the patient to the right questions. Patients with a general understanding of the condition are able to ask more specific questions about their particular case and their treatment options.
Questions You Should Ask During an Appointment
Some common and helpful questions to ask during an appointment include:
• What can I do to prevent more sun spots from forming?
• Am I at a greater risk of skin cancer?
• How can I reduce my risk of skin cancer?
• How often should I get screened for skin cancer?
• What are my treatment options?
• Are there alternatives to your recommended treatment?
Other questions may also be helpful and forming a few questions of your own is usually beneficial.
Questions to Expect During Your Appointment
Skincare professionals commonly ask questions about sun exposure and what, if any, protection from the sun is used. As patients with sun spots may be at a greater risk of developing skin cancer, skincare professionals may also ask if you have been screened for skin cancer and may recommend doing so if you have not.
Preparing yourself is the key to a successful appointment. Forming a list of questions beforehand and understanding the condition is helpful for many patients. SkinCareGuide.com offers further information about sun spots and other cosmetic blemishes.