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    Cross Section of the Skin

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    There are two main skin layers:

    • The outer layer (epidermis)
    • The inner layer (dermis)

    The skin cells (melanocytes) that develop into melanoma usually are found in the epidermis.

    The bottom layer shown in the picture (subcutaneous layer) is not really part of the skin. It is a layer of connective tissue, fat cells, blood vessels, and nerves. This layer lies between the skin and the structures under it, such as muscles.

    Skin depth varies depending on location. It is thin on the neck and thick on the soles of the feet.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

    Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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