Message from Dr. Beeson

Welcome to our cosmetic surgery website! Through cosmetic surgery, people are changing their lives every day. They are growing. They are having special procedures done in ways never before dreamed possible and getting back some of their vigor, enthusiasm, hope, and future. It is the face and body that receive correction – but it is the heart and soul that receives new life.

Our purpose here at the Center is to bring together the art and science of medicine, giving you the highest quality care.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us. Thank you.

William H. Beeson, M.D.

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Health Tip of The Week

Tanning Lotion

Many people feel that a tan is attractive and conveys a “healthy” appearance. In reality, a tan actually reflects injury to the skin and is the body’s response to ultraviolet skin damage. Those who desire a “cosmetic” tan can obtain one by using “sunless” or “self-tanning” lotions. However, it is important to remember that self-tanning lotions do not protect the skin, so you can burn just as easily as if she had no pain.

While there are a variety of products available, only 2 types of tanning lotions (“Bronzers” and “Self-tanning” lotions) should be used. Tan accelerators are a group of products which contain a natural enzyme that stimulates production of melanin, the body’s natural pigment. They are not effective. Tanning promoters are groups of products which contain 5-Methoxypsorsalen. These products have been reported to cause cancer in mice and severe skin reactions in humans. Tanning promoters are not available in the United States. Tanning pills have been banned by the FDA because of life threatening side effects and blindness. They contain the drug canthaxanthrin and promote deposition of carotenoid in  the skin.

Bronzers are gel formulations that produce a darker skin color by means of water-soluble dyes. Bronzers color the skin immediately, but the color fades with the first wash.

Sunless or self-tanning lotions were approved by the FDA in 1997 and can produce an aesthetically pleasing tan. The active ingredient in these products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which interacts with the dead surface cells in the outermost layer of the skin to darken the skin. DHA gives color to the skin through a “browning reaction”. When applied to the skin, DHA changes into a sugar that combines with amino acids in the skin to form chemical compounds known as known “melaninoids” which are brown in color.

Application of self-tanning lotions is fairly simple. It is best to look for products that  have a DHA concentration of 3% to 5%. These will give slower “tans”, but will not cause the skin to turn an orange shade as some stronger products do. Self-tanning lotions work best for people with medium complexions. They are less effective in people with very fair or very dark skin. For those with sun damaged skin, self tanning lotions produce an uneven color-so do not use if you have a sunburn! Also, in people with older skin or mottled or freckled skin, these lotions can produce an uneven effect. Hair and nails may color, but not lips. Scars will color poorly. You can improve the tan by buffing or rubbing the skin lightly with a towel, then showering immediately before applying. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying to avoid staining your palms. Self-tanning lotions produce a color change within an hour. Best results are obtained with 2-4 applications several hours apart on the same day, with repeated use every few days. The face usually requires fewer initial applications, but more frequent re-applications to achieve the desired appearance.

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“Helpful Tips on Looking Good and Staying Healthy”

What do you do if you think that you do have a sun burn? The first thing you should do it get out of the sun – and preferably go indoors. Once indoors, here are some tips to relieve the discomfort and promote healing:

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