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5 Reasons To Schedule Your Yearly Dermatology Checkup

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Anytime is always a great time to start thinking about your skin health. Did you know that it’s recommended to see your dermatologist at least once per year? Whether it’s for a routine skin check or to clear up your skin, there are many reasons to schedule your yearly dermatologist appointment. Here are 5 reasons to schedule yours now:


  1. Prevention

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime? Doctors recommend that at a minimum, you should get your skin checked once per year beginning at the age of 40-50, depending on your family history and exposure to sun. This is especially important in areas where there’s lots of sun exposure. Increased exposure to the sun can increase the chance of melanoma and carcinoma. Most skin cancers are curable, so there is absolutely no reason not to get a preventative check-up. In addition to your yearly exam, make sure to wear SPF 30 or higher anytime you plan to be outside, and reapply every few hours. For more information on what to expect, the Skin Cancer Foundation shared 5 Easy Steps to Prepare Yourself for an Annual Exam.

2) Clear Skin

Acne is often associated with teenagers, however, many adults have acne too. Acne is one of the most common skin issues, and it can take form in pimples, whiteheads, and cysts. Crazy work schedules, work-related stress, and hormones are all common contributors to adult acne. A board-certified dermatologist can help treat many different types of acne through medication and treatment. Check out some of our amazing results below!

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3) Skin Conditions

Have you recently experienced a new itch or inflamed rash? It could be a skin condition, such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. These are common skin irritations and they can greatly affect your self-esteem, or even leave scars due to excessive scratching. Did you know that Dr. Hawley is a psoriasis and eczema expert? She has been serving the Grand Rapids community since 2016. She was awarded the Grand Rapids Top Doc and Face of Dermatology 2020 and 2021 awards, in addition to being nationally recognized for her expertise in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema, and her work with the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dr. Kristi Hawley treats every patient like family by taking the time to understand their skin story and creating a personalized treatment plan.

4) Moles or Warts

Skin growths like moles and warts are very common. However, many people tend to believe they will go away on their own or treat them with an over-the-counter treatment. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and consult with your dermatologist as soon as possible. When you notice any change in your skin or see something unusual, make an appointment for a check-up and if necessary, a wart removal treatment. Remember, early detection is key. If you notice one of the ABCDE‘s in a mole, it’s time for a checkup:

  • Asymmetry
  • Odd or Undefined Borders
  • Strange Color
  • Large Diameter
  • Evolving or Growing Mole

These symptoms should not be taken lightly. Regular skin exams by a professional can be life-saving. A board-certified dermatologist can help you prevent, detect, and treat all forms of skin cancer.

5) New Procedures

In the last few years, there have been many advances in dermatology. There are solutions to wrinkles that target the skin at the cellular level, rather than on the surface level. There are so many treatment options including BBL laser treatment, designer filler options, and so much more. Make an appointment today and find out what cutting-edge treatment we’re currently offering!

We all want beautiful, clear skin and we can help you achieve that! The Derm Institute of West Michigan is committed to working with you to create a personalized treatment plan whether that is to prevent forms of skin cancer, take care of any moles or warts, treat skin conditions, or do cosmetic treatments. If you haven’t already scheduled your yearly appointment, click the button down below!