Most of the skin damage we see on patients occurred before age 18
Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 26, 2010 —
Skin is the largest organ in the human body—on average, adults have 2 square meters—making it ever more important to check regularly for melanomas, according to Jeffrey Raval, MD, FACS, double board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics in Cherry Creek North, Denver, CO.
“Coloradans are particularly vulnerable to skin cancer as Ultra Violet intensity increases 4% for every 1000 feet above sea level,” says Dr. Raval. “It’s not just a concern in summer months, but year-round.”
Incidences of melanoma in 1996-2000 in Colorado were 33% higher than the U.S. average for men and 40% higher for women, according to the Colorado Cancer Center Registry. The Colorado Cancer Plan for 2005 – 2010 calls for reducing the incidences of skin cancer through increased awareness:
- Wear sunscreen,
- Avoid suntan beds and legislating against users under 18 years old,
- Promote self exams and physician exams to check for skin cancer.
At Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics at 250 Steele St. in Denver, Dr. Raval and his medical assistants stress wearing SPF 30 at a minimum. Dr. Raval carries RavalRx, a proprietary line of skincare products he has developed to meet the needs of his patients, plus Obaji, Nia 24, Vivite, La Roche-Posay and SkinCeuticals. Sun protection lotions and crèmes are part of each product line available in the clinic and online at http://www.ravalmd.com, the facial plastic surgery arm of Dr. Raval’s practice sharing the same office.
Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics also carried the Elta MD sunblock. “This is a new addition to our product line. It’s a very smooth cream that many patients prefer,” says Dr. Raval.
Dr. Raval and his aestheticians use Visia® Complexion Analysis to map a patient’s face and the resulting sun damage, perhaps the biggest contributor to aging skin, wrinkles and brown spots as well as melanomas. This topographic map is then interpreted by Dr. Raval and his medical techs to determine specific recommended treatments for each individual patient.
Using a variety of skin-smoothing treatments from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) FotoFacial Laser Therapy to Sciton Laser Ultimate Laser Peel, Sciton MicroLaserPeel, Sciton Profractional Peel, Sciton ClearScan, and Sciton BBL Photofacial, medical aestheticians and the doctor restore a youthful glow to patients’ complexions, erasing wrinkles and fine lines. These laser treatments also promote the development of collagen, the connective protein contained in skin cells that keeps the skin taut, firm and young looking.
“Most of the skin damage we see on patients occurred before age 18,” adds Dr. Raval. “It can be 20 years before melanoma appear. And not all melanomas show up in areas that are exposed to the sun. We’ve had patients display melanomas inside their ears or between their toes, underscoring the importance of regular self-exams and annual physical exams at minimum.”
To schedule your skin consultation at Rocky Mountain Laser Clinic, call 303-985-8520. Visit http://www.rockymountainlaser.com for information on services offered.