Extended Exposure to Sunlight can Lead to Cancer & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery

Nearly everyone grows up hearing about how too much exposure to sunlight, without proper protection, can lead to skin cancer.  Unfortunately, too few people pay attention to these warnings and there has been a rise in skin cancer.  In a recent poll of members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 87 percent of cosmetic surgeons had performed procedures to undo the damage caused by skin cancer.

This is a major problem!

Yes, techniques such as reconstructive eyelid surgery can help remove the physical appearance of skin cancer – but that doesn’t mean the cancer has fully gone away.  Once a person has developed skin cancer, they’ll live their lives with a higher chance of the cancer returning, or even moving to other areas of the body.  People everywhere need to be smart about how they act in the sun, to stop this from happening.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Here are just a few tips for staying safe.  Remember: sunlight is always potentially harmful, not just in the summer.  In fact, you have more chance of getting a sunburn on a snowy day, because of sunlight reflecting up off the snow!

  • Use sunscreen whenever you’re going out, even if it’s cloudy.
  • Make sure the sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB radiation.  In addition, it should be at least SPF 30 for best protection.
  • Try to avoid being in the sun between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – that’s when the sun’s rays are most powerful.
  • Pay attention to your local weather forecasts and try to avoid going out if they issue a UV warning.  Any number on the UV Index above 6 means you should take care when outside.
  • Eat foods with plenty of Vitamin D.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to reduce exposure.
  • Never use UV-based tanning beds.  The short-term benefit to your appearance isn’t worth a lifetime of increased cancer risk.

If Skin Lesions Do Appear, Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery Can Help!

One of the most common places on the face for cancerous lesions to appear is on the eyelids, where they take the form of tiny growths.  Fortunately, these are common for a cosmetic surgeon to remove.  It can be done under local anesthetic and you’ll heal almost instantly.

To learn more about cosmetic surgery options for reversing damage from cancer, contact the Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery for a consultation.


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