As we age, significant changes occur in our bodies. Once we reach the age of 50, we are more prone to skin-related disorders that plague the aging population. Seniors must realize that they need to take care of their skin in the second half of life even more than they did during the first half. Without prompt diagnosis and treatments, skin conditions can become painful and debilitating.
Skin cancer among seniors is a serious matter. Research indicates that over 50% of deaths associated with skin cancer occur in those over the age of 65. Skin cancer is a deadly disease, and, if it is not treated in its earliest stage, can quickly cause devastation. Seniors must visit their dermatologist at least once a year for an annual skin check. During a skin check, a dermatologist will thoroughly evaluate senior patients for suspicious moles, new skin growths, or any other indicators that could imply skin cancer.
Dry skin is another skin condition that tends to plague seniors. As we age, our cellular renewal process slows down significantly. This tapering not only leads to less moisture in the skin, but it also leads to a thinner epidermal layer. This is why the elderly often have “paper thin” skin, because they have a weakened ability to retain moisture. Dry skin can be itchy, uncomfortable, and even painful. A dermatologist can diagnose proper dry skin relief treatment.
Other skin conditions that seniors are at a higher risk for include:
At Medical Dermatology Specialists, Dr. Jamie Weisman and her entire staff are equipped to treat skin disorders that plague senior patients. We recognize the unique concerns that senior adults face, and we have the expertise and knowledge to provide accurate diagnosis and proper care. Contact our practice today to schedule your appointment.
Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
5730 Glenridge Dr, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328
Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM