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The good news is that as we age, most of the age-related skin conditions that may develop are not skin cancer. However, there are conditions that should cause concern.

The A B C D E’s of skin cancer

There are many things a dermatologist will look at to determine if cancer is a possibility. Typically, we refer to them as the A B C D E’s of skin cancer. Ask yourself these questions:

A = Asymmetry. If the spot was cut down the middle, does one side look different than the other?

B = Border irregularity.  Is the border even or is there irregularity?

C = Color variegation.  Is the spot multi-colored or solid?

D = Diameter.   Is the spot growing in size?

E = Evolution. Is the spot getting bigger or bumpy or getting larger?

You may associate warts with fairy tales, folklore, and superstition. Haven’t we all seen pictures of the green witch with wrinkly skin and big warts on her nose? Perhaps you've heard about the child who got a wart from touching a frog? Nobody wants a wart, and if you get one, you just want it to go away.

A wart is actually a non-cancerous Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and infects the top layer of skin. There are more than 100 HPV strains so don’t be confused with the much-publicized HPV virus that can cause cancer. A wart is contagious, and children are the most susceptible because their immune system is not fully developed. The wart virus is easily transmitted with skin-to-skin contact, making it easy prey of people frequenting recreation centers and participating in contact sports like wrestling. It is not uncommon for a person to get multiple wart infections over a lifetime.

For over a century, surgical physicians have utilized fat for the treatment of diseases affecting soft tissue, contour abnormalities and scars. Autologous fat transplantation has regained popularity in recent years for its use in facial rejuvenation, especially with the advent of tumescent anesthesia, which has facilitated accessibility to fat for transplantation. The procedure can be used to treat volume loss of the malar eminence, submalar region, nasolabial crease, infraorbital rim, temporal fossa, jawline, glabella, lateral brow, perioral area and lips.

Most recently, stem cell fat grafting has gained a lot of popularity for the claim that it is more permanent than traditional fat transfer. However, it should be recognized that the use of stem cells does not revitalize aging facial skin. Often times the results of a stem cell fat grafting can be very disappointing — correction is often transient and not consistent from patient to patient. Fat transfer is an excellent, safe technique that can be performed in an office setting and used in combination with other restorative procedures such as face and jawline lifts and laser treatments for intervening in the aging process.