While it’s easy to get caught up in wanting to improve your looks through cosmetic surgical procedures that enhance the physical aspects of the body, one of the first things kids learn while they’re young is that they look “better” with a tan. Although there are many people who will never be able to tan due to their fair skin, there are also many who have no problem tanning. In this day and age, one might ask, who has the worst luck? Sure, those pale kids may have freckles and are forced to cover up in the hot sun while their melanin-inclined peers cavort and tan to their hearts’ content, but it turns out that those seeking the sun’s ever-loving rays are more likely to get melanoma. As if we didn’t know this already.
However, according to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, skin cancer is on the rise among young women. In a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute on Caucasian men and women between 1980 and 2004, and focusing on those between 15- and 39-years-old, annual cases of melanoma increased from 9.4 cases per 100,000 to 13.9 cases per 100,000. This is a rise of 50 percent. What’s more, the study’s authors have no idea why cases are on the rise. While recreational tanning and tanning beds are still popular, even though most of us are aware of the risks, the authors claim there need to be further studies to see if these factor into the rise.
While many people continue to obtain cosmetic surgery in the hope that they can somehow emulate, or imitate, their favorite Hollywood Somebody, one thing that is sometimes overlooked is the way the skin looks besides the fact they have no wrinkles. Yes, wrinkles can be eliminated through various injectable fillers and whatnot, but it’s rarely mentioned that days in the sun are going to add to those wrinkles you’re trying to avoid. Doctors will agree that it’s better to be pale and healthy than worrying if your new mole is precancerous due to years of burning while you hope for that perfect Hollywood tan.
If you are interested in learning more about the different cosmetic surgical procedures available, please contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area. One thing to remember is that if you have a history of having precancerous moles and lesions removed, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure you want.