With the brutal summer heat in full force, it’s important to be mindful of caring for your skin this summer. The most important tool in the prevention of skin cancer is sun block. Apply lotion every time you go outside, even if you will only be in the sun for a few minutes. Protective clothing and hats can also reduce the damage prolonged sun exposure can cause your skin. If you notice any new moles or freckles, or if you notice changes in moles or birthmarks you already have, be sure to visit your doctor for a check-up.
If you do have blemishes or sunspots, a visit to a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can help you learn about your options for treatment. Even in the absence of skin cancer, severe sun-damaged skin can make you look older and haggard. Skin resurfacing, including laser treatments and chemical peels, can help treat fine wrinkles and brown spots or blotches caused by prolonged sun exposure. If you don’t have time to recover from an invasive procedure, lower intensity lasers and chemical peels can allow you to recover from an effective resurfacing procedure relatively quickly.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jejurikar’s Dallas and Plano offices at 214-827-2814.