Seniors who already see a general practice doctor may believe that specialized health care is not worth their time or money. However, some specialty care may be recommended by one’s physician, and other care may be important to do whether or not a general practice doctor makes a referral. One of the most important specialists that a senior can see every year is a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the skin as well as the hair and nails.
Checkup of Hard-to-See Places
Most people find it impossible to see every part of their bodies and often struggle to see their skin on their neck, back, buttocks and back of the legs. While those who live with their partners may be able to have a loved one check their skin for them, dermatological checks are all-inclusive and will be sure to catch any problems.
Many people have freckles and moles that are totally non-problematic. However, some of them can change over time. As the skin cells change, they can sometimes become cancerous or pre-cancerous. A dermatologist can check moles to look for subtle changes in color, border, size and more to determine if the moles are problematic.
A dermatologist can literally save one’s life by catching cancerous moles before they become deadly and before they metastasize to other areas of the body. Seeing a dermatologist is not just cosmetic but is also vital for one’s health.
Help with Aging Concerns
However, a dermatologist can also help seniors with problems with their aging skin. For example, this specialist will have noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments for fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation and much more. Plus, they can recommend treatments for poor skin tone and texture, particularly for the many seniors who deal with dry skin that has lost its glow. Many of these treatments can be done quite comfortably right in the dermatologist’s office in well under an hour and with little to no discomfort.