Assess for Skin Cancer
“Fully body skin exam”
“Skin cancer screening exam”
All of the above are different names for a very important appointment! If you haven’t been in for a full body skin exam by age 30, now is a good time to schedule. It is no longer a rare event to diagnose skin cancer in both men and women in their 30’s. Overall, rates of the three most common skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma) are all dramatically increasing.
Risk factors for skin cancer include prior sunburns, tanning bed use, working outdoors, several moles, and a family history of melanoma. Unfortunately, even if you spent your 20’s avoiding the sun, burns and exposure from the childhood and teenage years can come back to haunt you like that embarrassing school photo.
How often you should come in for a screening exam? At your appointment we will make a personalized recommendation based upon your risk factors. A trained eye can detect skin cancer in its early phases when it may not look like much.
For more information on skin cancer, check out SkinCancer.org.
Boost Your Collagen
Collagen bestows elasticity, strength, and resiliency to our skin. Declining levels of collagen often begin in our 20’s and start to become noticeable in our 30’s. The time to start boosting collagen is now, before you experience a significant decline (at which point it can be more difficult to regenerate).
Regular use of retinoids has been shown to stimulate collagen and is hands down the most effective topical treatment. The collagen molecule is too big to penetrate through the surface of the skin, so any collagen-containing creams are likely not worthwhile.
There are multiple in-office procedures that can effectively increase collagen.
- Fraxel Laser: Light-based treatment that creates microscopic injuries in the skin. New collagen is created during the healing process. This treatment also lightens brown spots and can get rid of sun damage.
- Ulthera: Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen and create a tightening effect. The best results are seen when the procedure is performed with mild laxity of skin (late 30’s to early 40’s)
- Microneedling: As you may have guessed, tiny needles create small injuries to the skin. The healing process stimulates collagen and improves skin texture.
Sun Protection, Retinoids & Neurotoxins
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