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Have Sun Damaged Skin? 3 Questions to Ask Your Dermatology Provider

Sun damaged skin occurs due to over-exposure to the sun without adequate protections from sunblock and clothing. A single sunburn can cause serious sun damage and increase risk factors for various skin conditions. Tanning is equally dangerous, as tans and freckles are evidence of sun damage.

If you have sun damage and want to improve the appearance of your skin, talk to your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist about removing damaged skin cells, skin lightening treatments, and lasers.

More important are the health risks associated with sun damaged skin, the most common being skin cancer. If you have unusual skin lesions that don’t heal, pigmented spots that are rapidly growing, changing in shape, size or color please see a dermatologist to assess skin damage, evaluating your personal medical history to determine risk for developing skin cancers and melanoma. If you don’t know a good dermatologist, call Dr. Pearlman, we can suggest some very astute dermatologists who can help make sure you don’t have skin cancer.

Prevention measures should also be discussed with your skin care specialist. Though you may think you are cautious in terms of protecting your skin against burns and other sun damage, evidence of existing damage can be an indicator of skin protection failure. We can assist with best practices for your personal skin protection steps and best practices.

Remember, the sun is out there every day with it’s damaging rays, not just on weekends, at the beach, on the tennis court or golf course.


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Five Questions to Ask Surgeons Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery

For most, the decision to get cosmetic surgery is often the result of many months or even years of consideration. However, after you’ve made your choice, being fully informed of the steps involved and the surgeons’ qualifications is essential.

The following five questions are things that you should consider asking surgeons before going through with plastic surgery.

How Much Experience Do the Surgeons Have?

Plastic surgery success is dependent upon your surgeon’s experience and training. Never be afraid to question potential surgeons about their education, accomplishments, professional memberships and past experience with the specific procedure you want. Qualified surgeons will not mind answering any questions you have.

Do They Have any Before and After Pictures?

After asking cosmetic surgeons about their experience with your desired procedure, request to see several before and after photos of other patients who have had the same surgery. Examine the images closely for signs of photo editing.

How Safe is this Plastic Surgery Procedure?

Some people are concerned with the safety of surgical procedures, and for good reason. With any surgery, there are potential risks and complications that could arise during and following the procedure. A good surgeon will inform you of all of the risks and potential complications and what he/she will do to reduce that risk to you. Ask questions and request clarification if anything confuses you at any time.

How Much will the Procedure Cost?

Cost is a factor for many Americans, especially during the current economic climate. It’s not just the cost of the procedure that you should be aware of; there are other costs, such as after-care and downtime from work during the recovery process. Some surgeons offer financing, so find out about the different payment options available. In some situations, your insurance may cover a portion of the procedure.

What Type of Aftercare is Involved?

Finally, qualified surgeons will offer extensive aftercare, which will include pain medication, monitoring and dressing changes. Additionally, you should receive instructions on what to do in case of an emergency or complication at home and how to care for yourself after the surgery.

Following the above tips will help you select the right surgeon for your cosmetic surgery procedure and receive the best care possible. Also, don’t forget to follow your instinct about a doctor. If you don’t particularly like the surgeon you’re speaking with, it’s not likely you’ll feel comfortable during the procedure.

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