May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and Memorial Day Weekend is here, so let’s talk about rays and our skin. We are finally having spring like weather here in the Northern Virginia, DC Metro Area. Long gone are the cold, winter days (thank goodness!) The sun’s rays make us feel good and can make our skin look good with that “summer glow.” However, years of having a “summer glow” causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces and increases our risk for developing skin cancer.
Did you know that sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging? Wrinkles don’t come from gravity working overtime pulling our skin down. Over time, the UV rays from the sun damages the elastin or the fibers in our skin. When the elastin breaks down, the skin begins to sag. Sun can also cause sallowness (a yellow discoloration of the skin), sun spots or mottled pigmentation, freckles, and skin lesions (pre-cancerous and cancerous).
What can be done? On a daily basis choose a sunscreen that will work best for you. If you are active outside and playing sports, choose a gel sunscreen as it will stick with you longer while sweating. If you have dry sky, use a creamy sunscreen. If you have problem with acne, you will want an oil-free sunscreen. With so many different brands and types out there, shop around for the lotion that will provide you with the best UVA/UVB protection and will work with your skin type and activity level.
If you’re looking in the mirror and you’re not happy with the haphazard use of sunscreen during your youth and your face is showing the effects of sun exposure – never fear! Dr. Magassy has been assisting patients within Northern Virginia and Washington DC with non-surgical facial rejuvenation. The newest member to his team is OR Nurse and skin care provider, Jeane Thomas. Jeane is passionate about helping patients transform their skin and achieving amazing results by combining medically directed skin care, chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
Dr. Magassy’s plastic surgery center is convenient to clients in surrounding areas such as Fairfax, Tysons Corner, Arlington, VA and Washington, DC. Call or email today to discuss non-surgical options such as laser resurfacing with Fraxel Restore or a light CO2, deep exfoliation with Microdermabrasion or chemical peels with the Obagi Radiance Blue Peel.
Dr. Magassy was listed in Northern Virginia Magazine of one of the area’s 2015 Top-Rated Plastic Surgeons.