Under American laws regulating medicine, any questionable lesion removed from a patient’s skin must have a biopsy. My own personal experience highlights the importance of this directive.
I had a spot on my arm last year. Dr. C thought it was only a mole; I didn’t think so. He removed it and it came back positive (SCC). I then spotted a “classic” melanoma on my face and ran to the dermatologist. He said, YES this is a melanoma and cut it out. The biopsy revealed it was NOT! It was not dangerous at all.
Dr. C has had two BBCs. My dermatologist had one of these and my radiologist had FIVE skin cancers!
Such examples happen all the time. Many lesions on the skin are not easily identifiable by sight: all need microscopic examination to rule out cancer. It’s the law.
I’m talking about this, because estheticians and electrologists ARE removing skin lesions using their electrolysis devices. The practice must stop.
Indeed, I could make a case for removing telangiectasia (and I do in my book). But removing “age spots” or any other pigmented lesion is the practice of medicine and removing such lesions could cause a person’s death. How could this happen?
Suppose an esthetician removes an “Age Spot” but it’s actually a Basal Cell Carcinoma (or melanoma!). Now the evidence of the cancer has been erased, but NOT really removed. The cancer now has a couple more years to grow under the skin and cause significant problems.
None of us in this “industry” have the medical experience to identify skin cancer. Our only directive is to send patients to a dermatologist if something doesn’t “look right.”
Sadly, there are now MANY manufacturers producing “electrolysis” machines that are designed for removing skin lesions. Such devices as the: Thermolo, SkinSystem, VascuTouch, VeinGough, Apiderme, VeinWave, BiManoTron, LamProbe, Vasculyse … etc. (Some of these are sold appropriately to physicians only … but not all!)
This practice by beauticians is DANGEROUS and illegal. Don’t do it! EVER! (I suppose if you are working in a physician’s office and he/she allows this practice, that might be okay). Still, I would NOT do it. Let the doctor do it.
All of this is a ticking “time bomb” that is waiting to explode. Indeed, regulators are seriously concerned with this growing practice.
Larry Kunze is a friend. He’s selling his device (to estheticians) and you should have a look at his video. I like Larry, but what is being promoted is dangerous and should not be done.
Skin cancer is an epidemic! Please consider my warning. Removing that “age spot” could result in a patient’s death.