Do you have concerns about melanoma skin cancer and the moles on your body? British researchers say having 11 moles or more on your right arm can indicate a higher risk for the development of melanoma skin cancer. Results from a recent King's College study in London and published in the British Journal of Dermatology could help doctors more easily figure out which patients are at highest risk for melanoma skin cancer. These findings could very well have a significant impact to enable doctors to more efficiently estimate the total number of moles on a patient more quickly by using an easily accessible body part. Patients may also be able to figure out that they are at increased risk for melanoma by just looking at their own arms.

This could help patients at risk for melanoma be identified and monitored more effectively.  Between 20% and 40% of melanomas may start in pre-existing moles, according to the researchers. The risk for melanoma is believed to increase slightly with each additional mole on the body, but a total body count can be time-consuming for a doctor in a busy office. In this report, data was analyzed from nearly 3,700 white twins in the U.K. who underwent a mole count on 17 body areas. The researchers found that the mole count on the right arm was the most predictive of the total number of moles on an entire person's body.  The area above the right elbow was found to be very predictive of the total number of moles on a person's body. The number of moles found on a person's legs was also strongly associated with total mole count.

This study is helpful for patients to understand if they are at increased risk for melanoma skin cancer. Some freckle-like lesions may actually be moles. So, when looking at your own arms, any brown spot or flesh colored bump may be a mole. The dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology are very skilled at being able to tell which spots may be moles, but sometimes the ability to tell if a lesion is a mole or something else, including skin cancer, can only be done with a skin biopsy. When in doubt, let the dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology examine your moles. Better to be safe than sorry! And remember, people with few or no moles on their arms can still get melanoma skin cancer!

For more information, See Dr. Hessel's video interview on Skin Cancer Information for Columbus and Central Ohio as well as his video interview about Mole and Melanoma Information for our area.

By Buckeye Dermatology
April 29, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Your Central Ohio dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology dispel the most common myths surrounding chemical peels.

If you are looking for dermatologists in the Columbus, Ohio area to give you the facts about chemical peels, then look no further. Chemical PeelWe are happy to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this popular cosmetic treatment. Before you opt for a chemical peel, find out how much you truly know about this procedure by finding out more about the myths that surround it.

Myth: Chemical peels require extensive recovery time.

Fact: While you may experience some stinging, redness, and sensitivity after your peel, keep in mind that these symptoms are minor and often go away in a day or two. We may restrict some more exertive activities until you are feeling better; however, remember that the length of your recovery will also depend on the type of strength of your chemical peel. Not all chemical peels are created equally. Therefore, if you opt for a gentler alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid peel, you will deal with virtually no recovery period.

Myth: Chemical peels are only for those with dermatological issues.

Fact: While there are certain chemical peels recommended to treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun spots, chemical peels can also be a great option for someone just looking to get a more radiant glow. Therefore, chemical peels are really for anyone who wants to improve the overall appearance of their skin.

Myth: Getting a chemical peel takes a long time.

Fact: What can keep patients from making the dermatological appointment they want or need is time. It might seem that any trip to the doctor’s office may take a while, and if you are on a tight schedule, you may find it hard to schedule your next visit. However, time won’t get in the way of a chemical peel. Most chemical peels won’t take much longer than 20 minutes. Again, the strength and type of peel you opt for will determine how long your treatment will take.

If you are interested in getting a more youthful appearance with a chemical peel, then schedule an appointment with your Central Ohio dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology with locations in Dublin, Grove City, and Springfield, Ohio. Our team of dedicated dermatologists are experienced, knowledgeable, and the best choice for Columbus, Ohio area residents. 

In a recent Columbus Medical News Youtube Video Interview, Dr. Adam Hessel discusses how the New Ohio Tanning law will help protect teens in Columbus and Central Ohio from skin cancer and other harmful effects of tanning.  Ohio House Bill 131 was signed into law by Governor Kasich in 2014 and goes into effect in March 2015.  This Ohio law requires an operator or employee of a tanning facility to check if a customer seeking tanning services is at least 18 years old.  The parents must be present at the tanning facility to sign the consent form for ages 16 and 17.  And for children under the age of 16, a parent must stay at the tanning facility while their child uses the tanning beds.  In the past, a person under the age of 18 could use tanning services by bringing in a permission note from their parent or legal guardian.  An increased number of skin cancer occurrences led to the creation of this new law, according to law officials. This law will help protect minors from the risks of tanning beds, which includes not only developing skin cancer, but also the development of premature aging, wrinkling, and brown sunspots. 

For More Information:

Dr. Hessel's Video Interview on New Ohio Tanning Law

Columbus Medical News Story on New Ohio Tanning Law



A new topical medication called Soolantra has recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition usually beginning in adulthood that may include any of the following clinical symptoms: facial redness, dilated blood vessels ("broken boold vessels"), acne-like lesions, and/or enlargement of the nose.  Patients may have one, some, or all of these symptoms. The Columbus Medical News recently performed a video interview with Dr. Hessel about this new rosacea treatment, which is now available to help rosacea patients in the Central and Columbus, Ohio areas.


Columbus Medical News story on Soolantra

Columbus Medical News Video Interview with Dr. Hessel

By Buckeye Dermatology
January 05, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

Many patients are concerned about the effects of aging on the face, since that is the first thing that people see when they meet. Wrinkles, smile lines and crow feet are some of the most common problems that patients encounter. As a result, one of the most in-demand cosmetic facial treatments requested at our office is dermal fillers. This treatment is aimed at bringing youthful years back your face in just an appointment or two.

What Are Dermal Fillers?
A dermal filler is a cosmetic soft tissue filling compound that’s designed to fill in and smooth out wrinkles in the face. The doctor carefully injects the filler in areas of the face that need it most. It can also be used to fill out thin lips, lift cheeks and smooth scars. When administered in all the right places, this treatment can bring back a fresh and youthful appearance to your face. It is sometimes used in combination with other cosmetic procedures by Dr. Stephen D'Addario or Dr. Ryan Carlson to give you the look you’ve always wanted.

A Popular Procedure
Many of the celebrities you see on television have nice looking skin because they get dermal fillers and similar cosmetic treatments. It’s a procedure that can be completed at just one outpatient appointment. The doctor administers a number of injections of varying amounts and depths to treat your concerns. The filler takes a short while to settle into the lines of the face and smooth them out. The effects can last up to a couple of years with good skin care.

Dermal Fillers
If you're concerned about the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face, make an appointment with Dr. Stephen D'Addario or Dr. Ryan Carlson to determine if dermal fillers are right for you. We offer this service at both of our Dublin and Grove City locations.  Visit our website at or call the office directly during business hours at (614) 761-1151 to schedule an appointment.


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