• SUNSCREEN FACTS Shahshuka; F. Scott Fitzgerald Sunscreens 15% off

    Mused after… reading a saying by the author of The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald: “She was beautiful but not like those girls in the magazines, she was beautiful for the way she thought she was beautiful. For the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved she was beautiful. For her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad… She was Connect to our website by showing this to your camera and it will download our website onto your web browser. We will be using this for emails and specials soon.

    **Two other important factors: We do our surgeries HERE at our accredited surgery center and not at a hospital and patients who have had prior surgeries with us get a discount.


    Melanoma has increased eightfold in women ages 18-39 from 1970 to 2009! A recent study in Japan showed that one application of sunscreen effectively covered only 60% of the intended area but a second application increased this to 90%.

    Both types of rays from the sun, UVA and UVB can do damage to collagen fibers leading to premature aging of the skin AND can damage DNA contributing to skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and have the ability to pass through glass and clouds. SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor which only rates the amount of UVB rays that reach the skin. Therefore, it is important to use a “Broadspectrum” product for both UVB and UVA protection.

    It is recommended that the SPF be a minimum of 15. This allows 1/15th of the sun’s UVB radiation to reach the skin. SPF 30 allows 1/30th of the rays and a 96% UVB protection. It is also recommended to apply sun protection 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the chemicals to absorb into the skin. Reapplying the product every 2 hours is necessary because the formulas break down in the presence of sunlight within that time. Use about two tablespoons to cover face neck, chest, ears, and hands.

    (Did You Know? Anti-oxidants like vitamin C serum when applied before your sunscreen help to prevent sun damage which can accelerate aging and wrinkles.)

    On a personal note:
    I recently got sunburnt by using older sunscreen and sitting under an umbrella. First, just throw out last year’s sunscreen, it loses its effectiveness. Secondly, many umbrellas like t-shirts offer little UV protection due to the loose weave of the material. A patient recently related she had her lips sunburnt. She was using lip sunscreen but was drinking water often and it came off. Reapplying sunscreen regularly and especially after water contact is necessary.

    All of the sun protection products at our office have both UVA and UVB formulations. We also sell a number of anti-oxidant, vitamin C serums. Call to make an appointment to see one of our skin care nurses who will clarify which product would be best for you. The skin care nurses are available Monday through Friday with some evening and Saturday hours.

    Sunday Brunch

    Shakshuka, spinach, mushrooms and eggs. Kroger sells jars of the Moroccan sauce (similar to spaghetti sauce). Great on fish also. Oh, and of course, a cup of Joe.

    “Thank you all for your help & support through my journey. You’re the best.” T.E.

    Special: ALL Sunscreens are 15% off. Take advantage of this during this hot stretch of weather and summer sun.

    Healthy Living,

    Peter McKenna, M.D.

    McKenna Cosmetic Surgery Center | 513.793.5772 |10577 Montgomery Road | Cincinnati, OH 45242

    30+ Years of Improving Lives
    A Cincinnati Magazine “Top Doc” since 1998
    Allergan Top 500 Physician
    SkinCeuticals “Flagship” Practice
    And now a Luminary (expert) for Endymed RF Fractional Treatments

    (I do write all the emails and have done so since 2007. -PJM)

    beautiful deep down in her soul.”

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