The whale is a beautiful and majestic
creature. But sometimes its beauty and comfort is marred by the presence of
barnacles on its surface. Turns out, humans get a version of barnacles, too.
And I have a whale of a tale about mine. (upbeat music) When I have a slightly embarrassing skin
issue, I like to talk to Dr. David Bank, my dermatologist. I can tell him anything.
He’s almost more like a shrink than a derm. Dr. Bank: Oh my god, she’s back in the office again? This one is a whacko! Cheryl: I’m here today because I have some really ugly, splotchy-looking things on my back . Dr. Bank: You? Impossible. Cheryl: It’s possible. David, you told me that these are called seborrheic keratoses. What the heck is?
Dr. Bank: Those are common spots that basically, most of us get with time. They
are just overgrowths of dead skin cells that come to the top. They should fall
off, but they get a little sticky and they just stack up on themselves. Cheryl: (shudders) Oh my god. They’re so nasty, you guys. Is this a genetic issue? Dr. Bank: It’s a combination of
genetic, but it is so common that basically we see it in many lighter skin
people. Cheryl: Is there anything that I could have done to prevent them? Is this sun-induced in any way? Dr. Bank: Again, it’s a combination, again, of genetics, as you mentioned, and
certainly sun exposure. So, if you had a time machine and could go back and you wore all the sunscreen you should have been wearing back then, then you probably
would have a lot fewer but it wouldn’t necessarily be none. Cheryl: Ahhh So, how are we
gonna treat this because it’s, I mean, really you guys when you see it you’re
gonna be like, Oh yeah, that’s pretty gross. Dr. Bank: Well, okay, first and more important, though, is they don’t technically have to be treated because the good news is,
they’re not dangerous to your health. However, a lot of people like yourself
don’t like them, so they’d like them removed. There are a number of different
ways to do that. Probably one the simplest is just something called
old-fashioned liquid nitrogen which is just nitrogen gas from the air chilled
to be super-cold and we just touch them with a little Q-tips things for a second.
They’re not gone immediately, but then over the next week or so they scab and
fall off. Cheryl: So sexy. Um, and what are the other ways you can treat them? Dr. Bank: They can
be treated using electric cautery and also with laser. Cheryl: What is the least painful method? That’s what I want. Dr. Bank: It all stings little bit but they’re all really honestly about the same. Cheryl: Should I be treated with narcotics before we remove them? yes in fact you get you some Dr. Bank: Yes, in fact, we’ll get you some propofol and you’ll have a really fun time. I’ll take some, too. No… (laughter) (music) I’m a model, you know what I mean? And I do my little turn on the catwalk. Yeah on the catwalk. On the catwalk, yeah, I do my little turn on the catwalk. Dr. Bank: Very cold. It’s so cold sometimes people say it feels hot so it might sting a little here we go. (music) Help! I need somebody Help! Not just anybody Help! You know I need someone! Help! When I was younger so much younger than today I never need…I never needed anybody’s help in any way Cheryl: Arghhhhh! Dr. Bank: Okay! You’re doing fantastic. Cheryl: What? There’s more? How much more? Are we halfway there? Dr. Bank: We’re more than halfway there. Cheryl: Okay, I can take it. I can take it. Dr. Bank: Almost done. (music) But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured But now I find…Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors Cheryl: What happens now? Dr. Bank: Basically, you don’t
have to think about them. It’s maintenance-free, as I said before, so
bottom line is, you can run, jump, swim, play, do whatever you want, and over the next few days to a week or so, you’re just going to make little scabs, crust up, fall off. The only thing I ask is, please, don’t pick at them. Cheryl: (huffs) David, if somebody wanted your
services, what would they do? David: Well, they could go to our website, which is the centerforderm.com. Or they could just call us at 914-241-3003. (upbeat music) Cheryl: It isn’t often I interview people with
no bra, but.. well, you’re wearing one. Cheryl: Oh, you dick! Dr. Bank: That’s Dr. Dick to you. (upbeat music)