We all expect to see the signs of aging on our skin at some point. The question is not “if”; it’s “when.” This is empowering because it lets us know that we have some degree of control over our aging process. Biological aging is one factor in the changing skin. Photoaging is another. In our area where the sun seems to shine 24/7, photoaging is something we need to know about. We’ll discuss that here.
Photoaging occurs in the skin cells. It happens when we are exposed to ultraviolet light. The sunshine holds various types of ultraviolet light. We call them UV rays. They warm us and give us the golden tan we crave. UV light also degrades collagen and elastin. Too much of it causes photoaging or worse. Without adequate protection against ultraviolet light, even in a controlled environment like a tanning bed, the skin can suffer damage that results in skin cancer.
Photoaging can appear as several different cosmetic challenges. These include:
- Premature fine lines and wrinkles
- Spots, hyperpigmentation, and mottled skin
- Rough skin
- Spider veins
- Rough, discolored patches called actinic keratosis
Managing the Signs of Sun Damage
Photoaging is sun damage. Knowing this, we can try to avoid spending too much time in the sun. We can avoid using tanning beds, and we can wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. But what if fine lines and wrinkles have already developed? What if dark spots have appeared on the face, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands, or other areas? There are ways to reduce these flaws. We can help.
Patients of Signature Plastic Surgery and Dermatology benefit from one-on-one care that is tailored to their unique needs. Photoaging is a common concern that can be improved with various professional treatments. Options include:
- Chemical peels. This customized treatment applies an acid solution to the skin to assist with cellular turnover. Chemical peels can expedite the reduction of fine lines, spots, and acne scars.
- Microneedling is a convenient and effective form of collagen induction. This technique is done using an automated applicator tip with several ultra-fine needles. The needles create microchannels in the to stimulate a significant increase in collagen remodeling in the target area.
- IPL treatment. Intense pulsed light therapy is especially effective at reducing dark spots. The pulses of broadband light are absorbed into areas of hyperpigmentation, breaking up melanin for more radiant, uniform skin.
If you live in a sunny location, photoaging is nearly impossible to avoid. Fortunately, there are ways to address this problem. For more information on our skin rejuvenating services, call 702-805-2058.