SALT LAKE CITY — Protecting your skin from excess sun is one of the best ways to avoid potentially cancer-causing exposure.
Applying liberal amounts of sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every 2 to 3 hours will offer adequate protection from the sun's damaging rays, said Dr. Adam Taintor, a dermatologist at Intermountain Healthcare's Alta View and Riverton hospitals.
"Most of us fail to reapply sunscreen because we get busy, " he said. However, reapplication is especially important for extended period of sun exposure.
He said a good moisturizer with sunscreen is the best way to protect skin on a daily basis.
"Make sure you have broad spectrum (sunscreen) that covers UVA rays of the sun and UVB," he said. "You need both to protect your skin."
Taintor, along with Dr. Brian Reuben, a plastic surgeon at LDS Hospital's Avenues Specialty Clinic, took questions Saturday from the public regarding medical concerns and cosmetic procedures dealing with the skin as part of the Deseret News/Intermountain Healthcare Health Hotline.
The hotline is offered to readers through a partnership between Intermountain Healthcare and the Deseret News. It covers a different health topic the second Saturday of each month.
Numerous calls were regarding body contouring following major weight loss.
Rueben said among the chief concerns for weight loss patients is the safety of the surgery.
"Most of these bigger procedures should be done in a hospital setting or at a well accredited outpatient surgical center," he explained.
He also noted that patients should strictly follow their post-operative nutrition regimen to avoid potential health setbacks.
Along with body contouring, Reuben performs general plastic and reconstructive surgery including breast augmentations, abdominoplasty and other procedures. He also performs permanent skin rejuvenation procedures in which fat deposits are moved throughout the body to eliminate wrinkles.
For those patients seeking slow the affects for aging from wrinkles, Reuben said Botox can be a safe, temporary solution if conducted appropriately.
Non-permanent procedures, such as Botox injections, are less costly per service but don't last as long and often need to be redone, he said.
"Botox is more of a preventative measure, to try to prevent wrinkles from happening," he said. "If you have really deep wrinkles, it can soften them. But sometimes fillers actually give additional volume into those areas and help (reduce) those wrinkle lines."
Because the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry is not well-regulated in Utah, Reuben advises patients who are considering a procedure to conduct extensive due diligence to ensure that their provider is a properly trained plastic surgeon.
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