Tanning BedsThe FDA is warning about an alarming percentage of young tanners that are being exposed to the adverse effects of tanning beds. Education about the dangers of appearance-focused tanning for teenagers and young adults and getting rid of the deceptive ads put forth by an industry that is largely unregulated seems to be important. The tanning industry is a $2 billion industry that is thriving.
Surveys were conducted on young adults 18 to 34 who used indoor tanning; the prevalence being the highest in the South and Midwest. The study showed the incidence of Melanoma increases 75% in non-Hispanic whites who use indoor tanning before age 35. Nonmelanoma skin cancer risk increases up to 102% when this tanning was used before age 25. Research has shown that the use of indoor tanning decreases with age, however, most non-Hispanic white women thought indoor tanning was safe. The dangers of indoor tanning need better emphasis from physicians and educators if we are to reverse this trend of increasing skin cancers.
Ivan Turpin, MD
Botulinum Toxin Safety Record
The examination of the available data on botulinum toxin reveals an impressive safety record. Serious adverse effects reported to the FDA have also been low in number; between 1989 and 2003, only 36 serious adverse effects were reported. Examples included: headache, respiratory compromise, seizure, dysphagia, cardiac arrhythmia, and focal facial paralysis. Although the risk of serious adverse effects is low with cosmetic use, side effects such as aspiration, dysphagia, pneumonia, anaphylaxis, and death have been reported in association with the use of botulinum toxin. Is repetitive treatment safe? The safety of repetitive botulinum toxin use has been evaluated in patients who have received a minimum of three treatments. The most common adverse effects detected were bruising and ptosis and their incidence decreased with repeated injections.
Ivan Turpin, MD, FACS