Posts for: September, 2014
Alarming skin cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society:
- Skin cancer is the most common—and most preventable—type of cancer.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
- One in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer during a lifetime.
The good news is that skin cancer is very preventable if you take the time to practice proper sun safety.
A few easy ways to protect your skin while still enjoying the summer sun:
- Limit midday sun. The sun’s rays are the strongest and most dangerous during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Stay away from tanning beds. Indoor tanning lamps emit UVA and UVB rays which contribute to skin damage and skin cancer.
- Seek shade. If you will be spending an extended amount of time in the sun, find a shaded area for relief from the rays.
- Cover up. Wear sunglasses and protective clothing, such as hats. If you burn easily, light fitting, long sleeve shirts and long pants can provide added protection
- Use sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and with SPF 30 or higher, even on overcast days. Reapply at least every two hours or more often when swimming or sweating.
- Protect children. Babies under six months of age should be kept our of direct sunlight. Always apply sunscreen to children, and reduce sun exposure by wearing hats and protective clothing.
Call Dr. Dyer For Any Skin Care Questions
What is Botox?
Botox cosmetic treatments can be used to improve:
- Worry lines in your forehead
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Smile lines
- Laugh lines—from nose to mouth
- Crow’s feet
The Botox Procedure
The procedure does not require anesthesia and usually takes just a few minutes to perform. The protein is injected into the muscle using a fine needle to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. In order to minimize bruising, patients should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications about two weeks before their treatment. You can resume normal activities immediately, but your dermatologist may advise you to stay out of the sun.
Call Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC Today!
Anti-aging cosmetics, plastic surgery and dermatological procedures are popular among Americans. Anti-aging treatments have grown to a $261 billion dollar industry as of 2013. This is partly due to the many new technologies and procedures available to patients. Here are six common anti-aging treatments that patients ask Dr. Robert K. Dyer about when they visit his East Greenwich, RI dermatologist office.
Botox (short for Botulinum toxin) is a treatment that helps to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin. The doctor administers a series of strategic injections of a drug created by a type of bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum that relaxes the muscles, providing a wrinkle-free appearance for up to 12 months. Botox is also used to prevent excessive sweating.
A chemical peel is a treatment offered by East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Dr. Dyer that speeds up the process of removing old, dead skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that lifts the dead skin and allows the doctor to peel it off, revealing a fresh, younger looking face.
When the skin becomes flabby and saggy due to the loss of fat in certain areas, a dermal filler is the treatment of choice. As the name suggests, it fills in the contours and creases of the skin (usually the face and hands) to give it a more youthful appearance.
Retinoids are a topical treatment prescribed by a dermatologist to treat acne, wrinkles, spots and other skin conditions. It’s applied once a day or several times per week to help improve the appearance of the skin.
Anti-Aging Treatments from Dr. Robert K. Dyer
Now that you have a fairly comprehensive idea of the various anti-aging solutions available to patients, contact East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Dr. Dyer’s office to find out which one best meets your unique needs. You can request an appointment time online or call the office directly at 401-471-DERM to speak to a friendly staff member or to ask more questions in advance of your visit.