OFF THE RECORD WITH DR. KAPLAN - Real Life Cases From Dr. Kaplan's Per

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminds me of an all too familiar diagnosis in my dermatology practice. While common to me, especially since I am based in sunny SoCal, it is probably a diagnosis few people know can actually happen! Late one Sunday evening, I was paged by a very upset, panicked female patient who requested an emergency appointment....

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The patient, a female, came into my office to treat deep creases on her forehead. She was most concerned with a small vertical crease between her eyebrows. She explained she had been to various spas and cosmetic clinics for Botox and Fillers over the years, but the creases on her forehead kept reappearing even deeper and larger than before. She...

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  The patient, a male, presented with a small, red bump on his forehead that looked like a pimple. He had already seen 2 other doctors who repeatedly treated the bump with cortisone shots, but the bump kept returning. The patient became increasingly concerned, and came to see me when his “super pimple” kept getting bigger and firmer to the...

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The patient, a male, presented with a large brown mole on his back about the size of the dime. His wife had brought the mole to his attention after she realized the mole had recently grown significantly and was concerned it was cancerous. Upon examination, I made an observation that led me to ask the patient if he had spent...

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