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Skin Cancer Prevention Santa Monica

For prophylaxis against Basal cell and Squamous cell cancer the following have been shown to have some benefit in clinical studies:

  • SUNSCREEN: Ultra-Violet Light (U.V.) is a recognized skin carcinogen. The majority of skin cancers are thought to be related to damage caused by U.V. exposure from the sun or tanning beds. There is now clear evidence that limiting U.V. exposure can decrease your risk of skin cancer. So, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) every 2-3 hours while outdoors and wear sun protective clothing.
  • NICOTINAMIDE (Vitamin B3): Oral nicotinamide (vitamin B3) 500mg twice a day effectively reduced the development of basal cell cancer and squamous cell skin cancers by over 20% in high-risk patients. This over the counter supplement appears safe and is readily available.
  • TEA: Oral intake of black or green tea every day may slightly decrease your risk of skin cancer over many years.
  • SKIN RESURFACING: Resurfacing sun damaged skin with the CO2 laser or medium depth chemical peels has been shown to decrease the risk of further skin cancers in the treated areas. These treatments will also afford a cosmetic benefit by reducing wrinkling, improving scars and giving a more even complexion.
  • DNA REPAIR ENZYMES: Ultraviolet light (U.V) causes skin cancers through damage to the cells DNA. The use of topical DNA repair enzymes have been shown to decrease the number of pre-cancerous lesions, (actinic keratosis) and so decrease the risk of skin cancer in sun damaged skin. (Eryfotona Actinica is a sunscreen that contains these DNA Repairsomes).

Some recent studies have suggested that long-term aspirin use may be associated with a reduced risk of melanoma, in women but not men.

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Featured Procedure

Blepharoplasty

Loose extra skin on the upper eyelids or bags and wrinkles of the lower lids can make you look tired and add years to your appearance. This can be corrected with a safe cosmetic surgery called blepharoplasty. This surgery can rejuvenate your eyes and take away that sleepy, tired look. Dr. Massey has perfected an “electrode blepharoplasty” that can be performed under the safety of local anesthesia, with practically no down time. The procedure take about 45 minutes and patients can usually be back to full activity after one week.

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Facelift

With time the effects of gravity can show themselves as loose extra skin on the cheeks and jowls. These can add years to your appearance. The old fashioned type of face-lift required general anesthetic, many weeks of down time and often left patients looking “unnatural” with their skin pulled much too tight. With the new “Lipo-Lift” Dr. Massey has integrated a new, less invasive face-lift procedure with the tissue contraction gained from micro-liposuction and the benefits of tumescent anesthesia, to produce amazing results. As soon as ten days later, patients don’t look like they have just had surgery, they just look better!

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Liposuction

Until recently, procedures for body contouring through fat removal involved extensive operations. These resulted in large scars and significant safety risks. Several years ago, dermatologists developed tumescent liposuction. This allows fat removal through tiny incisions that do not leave significantly visible scars. A large volume of extremely dilute local anesthetic is infiltrated into the area to be treated. Then utilizing straw like, extremely thin metal tubes (cannulas) and a high-pressure suction system, the fat cells are extracted through tiny incisions.

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Brow Lift

A heavy, drooping forehead and eyebrows (rather than just eyelids) can give a sleepy, tired look. Many of these patients are mistakenly treated with a blepharoplasty alone, which takes extra skin from the upper eyelids, still leaving them with their flat, “heavy” eyebrows shadowing their eyes. If these patients are correctly diagnosed preoperatively, they can get a much better cosmetic result from a brow lift, either alone or in combination with blepharoplasty. This is the type of careful analysis and deeper knowledge that allows Dr Massey to guide patients towards the best procedure for them.

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