USA Today has just reported on a breaking study regarding the far-reaching effects of artificial tanning. According to the paper, “At least 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year are linked to indoor tanning, according to an analysis published online Tuesday in the British medical journal BMJ.” And, while the dangers of tanning beds are unsurprising, these new figures are raising alarms.
Moreover, “The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds as a Class 1 carcinogen, the same category as tobacco smoke and asbestos,” explains USA Today. And, this change truly sheds light on why a healthy-looking tan might not be all that healthy.
Does Tanning Cause Wrinkles?
Of course, there are others reasons to think twice before jumping back in the tanning bed. UV radiation – from artificial tanning and that of the sun – can also have a serious impact on your appearance. These effects fall under the broad category of “sun damage.”
Sun damage is cumulative, which means that it builds up over time. And, after years of overexposure, patients can begin to see signs of premature aging, most notably wrinkles. Thankfully, for patients, cosmetic medicine offers several solutions. For fine lines around the eyes and forehead, we will often recommend BOTOX® injections. Essentially a muscle relaxer, this highly purified protein works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for several months.
Then there’s the matter of skin discoloration or “sun spots.” While often not a medical concern, sun spots can be unappealing and impact self esteem. Here, a patient will often benefit from microdermabrasion. This treatment uses a gentle stream of fine particles to remove damaged skin, promote a more even complexion and restore a more youthful appearance.
Turning Back the Clock
To learn more about these or any of the cosmetic procedures we offer, contact us today. Our offices are located in Huntington Station, and you can schedule your consultation at (631) 424-6707. We look forward to meeting you soon.