Sun Safety Tips for Your Skin

It’s no secret that prolonged sun exposure can damage your skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear, not to mention increases your chances for skin cancer. And if you’ve had cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical treatment, your treated skin is even more sensitive and more prone to ultraviolet radiation absorption. Scars from incisions are more prone to sunburn, and there’s a chance the scar will become more noticeable with sun exposure. Read on for eight tips to protect your skin in the sun.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply generously and often, reapplying every 60-80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating. And use a lip balm that has an SPF of 30 or higher.

Stay in the shade. Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as that is the window of time when the sun’s harmful rays are the strongest. An easy way to check the time is the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are strongest and you need protection.

Wear sunglasses. Broad-spectrum sunglasses that block 99-100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are preferred. Wear them even on cloudy days, too, as harmful rays from the sun can penetrate through clouds.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat. A hat that covers your face, neck and ears offers another layer of protection from the sun.

Wear protective clothing. Certain clothes are made with sun-protective materials, but even wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants will help protect your skin.

Stay out of the tanning bed. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed leads to premature skin aging and is linked with an increased risk of skin cancer.

Beware reflective surfaces such as water and sand. These surfaces reflect the sun’s dangerous rays.

Check your medications. Some medications make you more sensitive to the sun, including specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, blood pressure medications and antifungal medicine.

To learn more about ways to treat sun-damaged skin, call (203) 453-6635.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

BREAKING NEWS!
We are beginning to plan for reopening of the office! We have begun to plan for a tentative reopening date of May 18th! We will be scheduling appointments beginning today, 4/27/2020, for in-office visits for that date and onward. Just leave a message for Kathleen at the office number, (203) 453-6635, and she will return your call to schedule!

 

Telemedicine available…
For several weeks now, we have been using a “virtual office visit “alternative which will remain available. This enables anyone with a cell phone to share a video of themselves as needed with Dr. Price and allows him to perform a consultation without you ever leaving home! These consultations are scheduled just like office visits and can be made simply by leaving a message on the office system for Kathleen…. (no new apps or changes to your phone needed!)

 

While you were gone…
Dr. Price has been quite busy as president of the Physicians Foundation as that organization tries to help doctors cope with the crisis. In addition, he is participating in daily remote teaching conferences organized by the Yale Plastic Surgery program. These conferences originate at Yale and other academic centers around the country and are viewed by surgeons around the world. Dr. Price is a member of the Northeast seven-state task force developing guidelines for the reopening of Plastic Surgical Ambulatory Surgery Centers as the stay at home orders and ban on elective surgery are lifted. We are hoping that elective surgery might resume as early as late May. This date is not certain yet, but we will keep you advised here.

 

Please stay safe and well! We are looking forward to seeing you as it becomes safe enough for you to see us!

 

WHY IS THE OFFICE CLOSED??

We have been asked to curtail any elective, non-urgent procedures or appointments for the following reasons.

1. To protect our patients.

2. To protect our staff.

3. To protect our community.

4. To avoid using precious supplies that might be needed to save the lives of others.

5. It’s the law!!!

 

Our entire staff is thinking of you during this difficult time. We appreciate your understanding and patience. We will resume in-person visits when reasonable and safe.

 

Stay tuned here for news and updates!!