Now that we are well into the joys of a freer, more socially-engaged summer, it is necessary to observe how our sunning may be affecting our skin. Sun exposure is one of the primary reasons the skin ages prematurely. The damage caused by our time in the sun is cumulative and can take years to reach the surface. Once it does, the spots and wrinkles and roughness that we see serve as a constant reminder of the value of sunscreen. If you are at an age where you’re seeing the signs of sun damage on your face, sunscreen is only helpful in preventing new problems. Here, we discuss what you can do to correct the damage that has already occurred.
The Best Treatments For Sun Damage
To correct sun damage, it is necessary to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or other professional with an educational background that focuses on the skin. Your provider may advise you to start using medical-grade or professional-grade skincare after undergoing one or more of the following:
- Chemical peel. Chemical peel treatment may be an ideal solution for just about anyone. A light chemical peel performed as a routine part of an ongoing skincare routine can help prevent new sun damage. A medium peel affects deeper layers of the skin so can lighten existing sun spots and other concerns. A light peel requires no downtime whatsoever, while the skin may flake and peel for a few days after a medium peel.
- Laser resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing could be referred to as a laser peel because it achieves much of the same goals as a chemical peel. The difference is that laser resurfacing removes upper layers of skin cells using thermal energy, not an acidic solution. Recent advances in laser technology allow for excellent precision with minimal downtime.
- Photofacial. This dermatologic treatment rejuvenates the skin using light, not laser energy. The specific type of light targets pigmentation in the skin to correct sun damage, scarring, and other conditions.
- Microneedling. This convenient treatment is conducted in the office in less than an hour in most cases. Microneedling is a proven collagen-induction strategy that corrects sun damage and other cosmetic concerns by tricking the body into perceiving a wound that needs to be healed. After microneedling, the body sends collagen and elastin to the treated area, which infuses sun spots and other concerns with the vital chemicals that regenerate healthy new tissue.
Signature Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is proud to offer friendly care in a comfortable, professional environment. Contact us at 702.684.5502 to schedule a visit to our Henderson or Las Vegas office.