Cellulite and sculpting aren't the only treatments available for the body. There are also new technologies that can address everything from excessive sweating to uneven skin tone.
In the fight against melanoma, MelaFind might just be your dermatologist's new best friend. Traditionally, doctors would need to biopsy suspicious moles to assess if they might be cancerous. "With this new imaging device, we now have a way to assess moles and the probability of whether they are skin cancer without doing a biopsy," says Dr. Sadick. The device does not, however, identify the abnormal moles in the first place, notes Dr. Julie Karen, a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation
. "It is an amazing device in its ability to process lesions and determine if it is melanoma, but it does not replace your doctor's initial examination," she says. Translation: Your doctor needs to first identify a suspect mole and use the device on it to determine if it is melanoma — the machine does not scan your entire body and find melanomas. The device isn't currently offered in a large number of doctor's offices, scans cost about $150 per patient to screen their moles, and it should be done once a year at your annual skin check. That said, both Dr. Sadick and Dr. Karen agree that MelaFind is a very helpful device for patients that have "tons" of atypical moles, as it means a potential reduction in the amount of biopsies that person will have to undergo.