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May 06, 2011

Cancer Alert: Why Are You Still Tanning?

According to a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 80% of young, white women use tanning beds or intentionally tan in the sun--despite their full cognizance of the deleterious effects of UV light.

3800 white, non-Hispanic females aged 14 to 22 years were asked about their UV exposure....

  • 81% had tanned outdoors frequently or occasionally in the past year
  • More than 32% reported using a tanning bed in the past year
  • 25% reported using a tanning bed at least weekly

When comparing ages, 18-22-year-old women were almost twice as likely (40%) to use indoor tanning beds, compared with 14-17 year olds (22%).

Yet, most of these women recognized that tanning is not good for their skin.  Most know that UV light causes skin cancer, and certain skin cancers (like melanomas) can kill.  Public education has been effective, but education has not been enough to effect behavior change.

Looking tan is a fashion--a dangerous fashion.  Media images are obviously more impactful than physician admonishments.

Certainly, then, other measures are necessary.  More than 30 states either prohibit or require parental consent for minors who want to use indoor tanning devices. The World Health Organization has declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial light sources a known carcinogen and has called for prohibiting minors from indoor tanning.

Additionally, perhaps, there should be a waiting period for tanning bed treatments.  Or, maybe, any person interested in using a tanning bed should, just before a session, be required to watch a video expressing the deleterious effects of UV light--and there should be lots of gruesome photos.  I am not usually a fan of Big Brother, but this is an example of when people need to be saved from themselves.

Besides, white ain't so bad!  Certainly, better than cancerous.

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May 02, 2011

Restylane to Be the First FDA-Approved Lip Enhancer

Late last week, an FDA-advisory panel overwhelmingly voted to recommend approval for Restylane's use as a lip enhancer.  While the whole FDA still needs to make a final decision, they typically accede to the advisory panel.

Of course, using Restylane (or its competitor Juvederm) for lip enhancement is nothing new.  Lindsay Lohan, Lisa Rinna, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Meg Ryan (among others) have each demonstrated Restylane's...er...effectiveness.

Well, those are poorly chosen examples!

Lip enhancement with Restylane and Juvederm doesn't have to be overdone, unnatural, and ridiculous.  Actually, I frequently use Restylane and Juvederm to enhance lips....

  • to minimize "smoker's lines"
  • to accentuate pouts and pillows
  • to restore fullness that has disappeared after weight loss or with age
  • to create voluptuousness when God made your lips too thin

Very soon, expect to see a lot of appropriate examples of lip enhancement on television and magazines.  FDA approval will allow the distributors of Restylane to advertise their product!

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