In This Issue – Sunscreen Stops Wrinkles
New Proof: Sunscreen Each Day Stops Wrinkles
Doctors have been telling patients for years that using sunscreen regularly can protect skin against aging. Now there is research to back that up.
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers showed that people instructed to apply sunscreen every day showed 24% less skin aging, as measured by lines and coarseness of the skin, than those told to use the cream as they usually do.
Sunscreen has long been touted as a way to stave off photoaging, or changes to the skin caused by sun exposure. But there wasn’t any hard evidence in humans to support the claim.
This study, part of a skin-cancer-prevention trial, covered 903 adults younger than 55 living in Australia. All study participants were given sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+. Half were randomly instructed to apply the sunscreen daily to exposed areas, reapplying after water immersion, heavy sweating or several hours spent outdoors, while half were told to use it as they normally would.
Researchers took silicone impressions of the backs of participants’ hands at the beginning of the study and after 41/2 years. The patterns of lines and skin coarseness on the hand impressions were graded on a scale of one to six. The damage seen on the surface of the skin reflects the tissue damage underneath the skin, with the results having a double significance, since the reduced skin damage for UV rays also translates to a lower risk of skin cancer, said a lead author of the study.
Now that there is proof that sunscreen works to help reduce the signs of skin aging, look for water-resistant, broad-spectrum products with an SPF of at least 30. “Look for something you like and use it often,” says Dr. Burrow.
excerpts from an article in The Wall Street Journal by Katherine Hobson
Silicone Implants Have Made a Comeback
Silicone implants have made a big comeback in a little more than six years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted its ban on the devices. The links to concerns that silicone could lead to health problems were never confirmed, and when the FDA lifted the ban, it stated that the implants were “safe and effective.”
In 2012, 72% of the 330,631 breast augmentations in the U.S. used silicone implants, while 28% used saline. In 2006, the year the ban was lifted, only 19% of procedures used silicone, according to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Surgeons and patients say silicone implants look and feel more like natural breasts. “The decision to use either saline or silicone for my patients is made during a consultation when the risks and benefits of both are discussed in detail,” states Dr. Burrow.
A Note From Doctor Burrow To Patients
There may be plans within the year to close my plastic surgery practice. Using the newsletter format and this Web site, information regarding retirement will be posted. I still plan to administer injectibles, and am looking for a suitable location and will share that when a decision is made. Please watch the Web site, or subscribe to the newsletter, for the latest information.