Just about everybody looks forward to the warm summer sun, and the chance to enjoy the beach and other outdoor fun. However, because the sun’s UV rays are so potent, sun damage is common. Too much of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage your skin and speed up the onset of wrinkles, and early signs of aging. Photorejuvenation and laser skin resurfacing are two of the best treatments for sun damaged skin.
Photoaging is the premature aging of the skin due to excess sun exposure. Photoaging causes a breakdown in the elastin and collagen fibers of the skin. The accumulated sun damage often results in skin conditions such as wrinkles, fine lines, spider veins, and sunspots.
Treatments for Photoaging
- Photorejuvenation involves the use of intense pulsed light (IPL) to correct fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other skin imperfections. The broad spectrum light penetrates the skin and lightens the dark pigment or melanin.
- ProFractional Laser skin resurfacing is also an effective way to treat sun damaged skin. ProFractional lasers emit light energy that creates minuscule channels in the skin, while leaving surrounding tissue intact. The areas that are not treated are able to kick-start the healing process, and encourage collagen production.
- Botox is also used in the fight against sun damage, as it reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It is especially helpful in eliminating wrinkles across the forehead, and around the corner of the eyes, so that the face looks rejuvenated.
- Dermal Fillers, especially those derived from hyaluronic acid, are also used to soften wrinkles and facial lines.