The influence of a mother on a daughter looms large, as evidenced by some new findings. In a recent survey, the American Academy of Dermatologists found daughters who use tanning beds likely shared that affinity with their mothers.
In the survey, the AAD found that indoor tanners had a 65% chance of having a family member who also tanned indoors. These indoor tanners, the AAD found, were four times more likely than outdoor-tanning peers to have a mother who also tans indoors.
The effects of this practice are where your plastic surgeon comes into play. Frequently, plastic surgeons treat various types of sun damage, such as photoaging and wrinkles. These can be corrected with a variety of professional grade skin care products and skin resurfacing treatments. If the damage from indoor (or outdoor) tanning has already been done, your plastic surgeon is eager to explain your options.
However, it is most likely that as summer approaches and the desire to get a healthy glow increases, that your plastic surgeon would advise you to avoid future damage and risk of cancer. You can do this by seeking out alternatives to UV tanning (like spray tans) and by wearing a sun block whenever you are outside.
Dermatologist Ellen S. Marmur, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, stressed that point.
“We urge parents to educate their teens about the dangers of UV exposure from tanning beds and to discourage or prohibit this activity for all family members,” Marmur said.