As we age, it’s not uncommon to notice new bumps, spots, growths, and lesions on the skin, especially after the age of 45. If you are concerned about new developments on the skin and want to seek a proper diagnosis, it is a good idea to work with a trusted dermatologist in the Calgary, AB area. Drs. Todd and Kent Remington of Remington Laser Dermatology Centre are here to assist!

What are some common skin growths that occur with age?

When patients reach their mid-forties, they may be worried about their increasing risk of certain conditions, such as skin cancer. With a proper evaluation, patients can learn about the names of these growths and discuss with a professional if they need to be removed or treated. Below are just a few of the more common conditions we see in patients in their forties and beyond:

  • Seborrheic Keratosis (SK)
  • Skin Tags (Acrochordons)
  • Lentigos (Freckle)
  • Melasma
  • Actinic Keratosis (precancerous lesions)
  • Dermatofibroma
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia
  • Skin cancer

Many of these growths are harmless and are more of a cosmetic concern than a medical concern. Regardless, skin cancer rates are skyrocketing, making it more important than ever for patients to be mindful of new growths and changes to moles that may indicate a more serious issue. The American Academy of Dermatology, or AAD, highly recommends that all adults have an annual screening for skin cancer with a trained dermatologist. If areas of concern are found, biopsies can be performed and samples of the growth can be evaluated further at a dermatological laboratory. If patients have skin cancer, the dermatologist will advise the individual and then discuss the treatment options available. Benign, or non-cancerous, growths can often be removed with the help of our providers at Remington Laser Dermatology Centre of Calgary, AB.

Call our state-of-the-art facility to discuss your needs with our Calgary, AB professionals

Drs. Todd and Kent Remington are available to educate patients on the various growths that may occur over time with age. Get a proper diagnosis of your condition with an evaluation at our practice, located at 150-7220 Fisher Street SE.

One of the more common signs of aging for both men and women is thinning hair and hair loss, but it can be extremely surprising when parents notice hair loss and thinning in their young child. While it might come as a shock, it is not actually uncommon for children to experience hair loss. In most situations where a child has hair loss, they might be struggling with a condition such as a scalp disorder. Children seen by a dermatological professional will be able to get a better understanding of what is causing their hair loss and get a definitive diagnosis for effective treatment.

Understanding alopecia

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. There are many reasons why alopecia may be diagnosed. Some of the reasons why a child might experience this condition include:

  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Excessive heat (i.e. blow-drying the hair)
  • Newborn hair loss
  • Chemical use
  • Tight hair ties
  • Friction hair loss

What treatments are used to address alopecia in children?

The best way for Drs. Todd and Kent Remington to determine the best treatment for a child experiencing hair thinning and loss starts with a proper diagnosis. Then, once it is more understood by the dermatological professionals, treatment options can be discussed. In situations such as chemotherapy, a child will often experience hair regrowth after completing their treatments. Hair loss and thinning from actions such as tight hair ties and blow-drying can be easily addressed by halting these activities and allowing the hair to grow back. Alopecia that occurs as a result of nutrition deficiencies or hypothyroidism can also be reversed with proper treatment for the body, including replacement of nutrients and medication therapies for those diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

Discuss your child’s hair loss with the dermatological team at Remington Laser Dermatology Centre

Drs. Todd Remington and Kent Remington of Calgary, AB understand how your child’s thinning or loss of hair can spark a series of questions. If you are in need of an evaluation for your child to determine the source of the problem, we strongly encourage you to book an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 150-7220 Fisher Street SE.

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