At Advanced Liposuction Center, our plastic surgeons offer Pittsburgh area clients many procedures to improve the appearance of the skin and reverse damage done by the sun. Limiting your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays will definitely help reduce wrinkles and age spots. However, there’s another even more serious reason to practice safe sun techniques: preventing skin cancer. May is Skin Cancer Prevention month. Below are some skin protection tips that will improve your appearance and protect your health.
Tips to protect your skin:
- Don’t use tanning booths. Although many people think a tan makes you look healthy and glowing all year round, the facts tell a different story. Clients who use UV tanning machines are 74% more likely than nonusers to develop melanoma—one the deadliest forms of skin cancer. The risk for developing basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas also increases significantly for indoor tanners.
- Wear protective clothing. The UV rays of the sun are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are going to be out during those times, use a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses as well as lightweight clothing made of densely woven fabric—bright colors provide best protection.
- Don’t skimp on sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on a daily basis. Don’t forget hands and feet if you are wearing open shoes. For a beach or pool day, make it a water-resistant sunscreen and up the SPF to 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours and also immediately after swimming.
- Conduct self-exams. Be diligent about examining your entire body once a month to check for new freckles or moles or changes in existing ones. This is the best way to detect skin cancer in its earliest stages. A professional skin exam done by a doctor should be scheduled annually.
What can you do about sun damage your skin already has? We offer a wide range of options from Silhouette Facelifts to dermal fillers and laser resurfacing. Our expert plastic surgeons can help you decide which treatments will best help you achieve your appearance goals during your free consultation. To learn more, contact us by calling: 724-683-7581.