Melanoma Awareness Month and Proper Skin Protection

Did you know that there has been a 2000% increase in melanoma incidences since 1930 with 1 in 50 being affected? Melanoma is the most common cancer killer of young women, more common than breast cancer in ages 29-34.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.” Pick a super broad-spectrum protection of UVA, UVB and IRA rays. Antioxidant protection found in Infrared protective sunscreens fight free radical damage that ultimately helps prevent premature aging.

According to the L’oreal Paris & Melanoma Research Alliance, “59% of women know they should wear sunscreen, yet only 30% do.” Not only is Melanoma extremely serious, but sun prevention can save you big bucks in the aging department and more expensive forms of anti-aging treatments later down the road. Did you also know that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”  Here at Weiler Plastic Surgery, we believe in educating our patients to make the best decisions they can for preventative maintenance approach to aging. Much like a strict gym routine without a healthy diet, preventative measures, such as proper skin protection, can help maintain the appearance of healthy, happy skin as the body ages.

As vacations and ball seasons ensue, we cannot stress how important it is to PRACTICE SAFE SUN, not only to save yourself from the risks of skin cancer but also, to prevent accelerated aging of your skin! Who doesn’t want that!?

A Pro-tip from our Aesthetician, Meghan:

“Pick a sunscreen that covers all the spectrums, especially when you are out and about. Traditional sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB, but more than half of the damaging energy from the sun is IRA (Infrared rays).”



For Melanoma Awareness Month this May 2018, we are offering a 15% DISCOUNT on all sun protection creams!  From Skin Medica’s Total Defense and Repair, Elta UV Elements and Obagi Infrared Defense are all excellent SPF options in the fight against aging!


We’ve outlined some specifics about each for you…

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair

This revolutionary firming + antioxidant + sunscreen triple benefit product goes beyond UV protection to defend against harmful infrared rays while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself

    • Repairs skin tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles
    • Protects skin from harmful infrared rays, as well as UVA/UVB
    • Helps protect and correct the signs of aging
    • Contains the highest level of UVA protection available (PA++++)

SkinMedica Essential Defense SPF

    • Protects against the sun’s harmful rays to help decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging
    • Contains the highest level of UVA protection available (PA++++)
    • Paraben free, oil free, fragrance free, non comedogenic, and hypoallergenic
    • Mineral Shield is perfect for sensitive, post-procedure skin, Back bar with Chemical peels/Lasers

Obagi Infrared Defense

  • This technologically advanced formula protects skin against UVB and UVA radiation plus helps defend against heat-derived oxidative stress.


EltaMD UV Elements

This is a 100% physical sunscreen in a tinted, moisturizing base. It is gentle for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure skin. Its chemical-free actives, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, provide safe but sure sun protection. These mineral-based UV filters work with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid to protect and hydrate the skin. UV Elements has a universal tint that beautifully enhances most skin tones.

  • 10.0% transparent zinc oxide, 5.5% titanium dioxide
  • Antioxidant protection combats skin-aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).
  • Chemical-free UV filters
  • Hyaluronic acid boosts moisture-retention for a smoother, more youthful appearance
  • Water-resistant (40 minutes)
  • UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Dye-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic


Following these simple steps can dramatically benefit the health and protection of your skin. During this Melonoma Awareness Month, we encourage you to incorporate these healthy skin practices into your regimen and come in to take advantage of 15% OFF SUN PROTECTION CREAMS!


For any questions on cosmetic surgery, aesthetics, skin, or aging needs, give us a call at (225) 399-0001 (Baton Rouge), (985) 902-7770 (Hammond), or (225) 900-7002 (Denham Springs).

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