Plastic Surgcial Arts Blog

Sunscreen and Skin Cancer Prevention

When choosing a sunscreen you’ll want one with broad spectrum protection for both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, as both increase your skin cancer risk.  In addition, UVA rays penetrate deeply into skin and cause wrinkles.  The EPA estimates that up to 90% of skin changes associated with aging are really caused by lifetime’s exposure to UVA rays!

While choosing the right sunscreen is important, it won’t help much if you don’t use it daily and correctly.  Use these tips from the experts:

  • Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun.  For women, sunscreen can be applied under makeup.   Use about 1 ounce (or 2 tablespoons) to cover your whole body.  Don’t skimp!  A number of studies show that people simply don’t use enough, only getting 10-25% of the benefit.
  • Don’t forget the easy-to-miss spots like the tips of your ears, your feet, the backs of your legs, and if you have one, your bald spot!  Since your lips can also burn, use a UV-protective lip balm and reapply it regularly.
  • No matter how long-lasting your sunscreen claims to be, reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or getting wet.
  • Pay attention to the expiration date on the bottle.  Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time!
  • Wear sunscreen whenever you’re out during the day - and not only when its hot and sunny!  On a grey, overcast day, up to 80% of the dangerous UV rays still get through the clouds and during the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays still have damaging effects on your skin.

Welcome to our new blog. We decided to do this to educate you on plastic surgery. There are many sources of information these days and sometimes it is hard to know what to believe. Many people make lots of claims and lots of people are trying to sell you on things that may or may not work. Unfortunately these days, many things you hear are based on marketing of the newest and the best. We will do our best to give you the facts without bias. We will try and cover all aspects of the very broad field of plastic surgery including cosmetic and reconstructive aspects. We will share with you our thoughts on skin care, minimally invasive procedures, larger procedures like breast augmentation and abdominoplasty as well as topics on skin cancers and breast cancer reconstruction. We have so much to cover and so little time. We will try to answer your questions, but please realize that we cannot comment on your individual situation without meeting you and examining you. We want to be timely and we want to cover topics that are of interest to you. Please let us know what you want and we will try and adjust our topics and style to give you what you want. This blog is for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Plastic Surgical Arts and we hope you enjoy the time you spend with us.

– Todd Orchard

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the best in personalized care. At Plastic Surgical Arts, our focus is always on you, and we will provide you with a comfortable, informative environment from your first consultation to your last follow up visit.


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