UV Absorbers & Skin Cancer

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Reconstructive Surgery and UV Absorbers Helping Skin Cancer Patients

Skin cancer reconstructive surgery can leave skin scarred and abnormal looking after removal, but with today’s reconstructive surgery techniques, the affected area can look like it did before the cancer. In a news story about a woman who had reconstruction using Mohs Surgery to fix her ear after cancerous basal cells were removed, you can see just how perfect the results can be! Believe it or not, not all skin cancer patients are sun worshippers. It can occur on anyone, anywhere. So while reconstruction is an excellent tool for treatment, there are other techniques you can use in prevention.

Over the past decade UV absorbers have developed some of the most interesting beauty product formulation innovations. For a population increasingly concerned with skin cancer and preventing signs of aging, consumers are reporting that they are making an effort to use sunscreen and stay out of the sun to prevent aging.  UV absorbers are being more readily incorporated in all kinds of products from sprays to lotions, makeups, serums, creams and gels. Absorber type organic UV-filters work by absorbing ultraviolet light much like a sponge soaks up water. Each tiny sunscreen sponge soaks up ultraviolet light, and then expels it back out after converting it into less dangerous infrared light. These filters can be thought of as energy converters, converting dangerous ultraviolet light into safer infrared warmth.

Recently, product developers and formulators have focused on two types of UV absorbers in sunscreen products: organic and inorganic. Organic ingredients include avobenzone or octylmethoxycinnamate while zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are commonly used inorganic compounds. Regardless of the type used, beauty brands are challenged to decrease the greasy texture and whitening in their products while still creating a high SPF, long-lasting sunscreen product. To address this, product developers have turned to various silicones as film formers and dispersants to boost a product’s SPF rating while improving the texture and weight. Solubility of UV absorbers for sunscreens is essential for the creation of light weight formulations that are effective but still comfortable to wear.

Do you know what to look for? Early detection is key to surviving melanoma! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has more information on reconstructive procedures for skin cancer. Take the Sun Safety Quiz to evaluate your risk!

If you are seeking more information on facial and body reconstruction and plastic surgery you should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Aguiar. At Aguiar Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the art, safe, and effective cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and Med Spa services in Tampa, Florida. We can discuss your concerns and give you an honest consultation that is designed and tailored to create an appearance on the outside that will reflect how you feel on the inside.


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