We all love the sun, but nothing is harder on your skin than constant sun exposure. Sooner or later, your skin is going to show the signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, laxity, and pigmentation issues.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of sun damaged skin, JUVA Skin & Laser Center can help. Using lasers and other treatments, we can improve the look and health of your skin.
Schedule your consultation today by calling (212) 688-5882. Our dermatologists can examine your skin for common signs of sun damage and recommend individualized, effective treatment options. We also offer a complimentary Visia scan, a computerized complexion analysis system that is used to help evaluate the condition of your skin. It evaluates parameters such as wrinkles, UV damage, skin texture, sun spots, pores, and porphyrins. Plus, we can match you with the right sunscreen to protect your complexion from further harm. We welcome individuals from NYC, Woodside, and around the world.
The Harmful Effects Of Sun Exposure
While sun exposure may offer a short-term boost to your complexion and a deeper skin color, the long-lasting effects of sun damage are undesirable. In fact, most of the skin changes that we attribute to age are caused, at least in part, by sun exposure.
Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun actually damages the elastin fibers in your skin. These fibers are what make your skin springy, youthful, and resilient. When the fibers break down, your skin may become thinner, duller, and less flexible. You might start to notice wrinkles, loose skin, and even discoloration.
Sun damage can also result in an increased frequency of dysplastic moles and precancer such as actinic keratoses. Both moles and keratoses can develop into skin cancer. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we can address your cosmetic concerns and assess your sun damaged skin for cancerous and precancerous lesions.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT or blue light therapy, is a medical treatment that utilizes timed blue light exposure to activate a topical drug for the purpose of improving skin concerns. The safe drug, called a photosensitizing agent, only works after being activated by the special light.
Our dermatologists use PDT to treat sun damage, as well as early pre-cancers called actinic keratoses. The service is commonly performed on the face and scalp, but can be used on any part of the body.
PDT can also be used to improve:
- Other skin conditions
Revlite lasers can also treat concerns such as:
- Dermal pigmented lesions
- Spider veins
- Unwanted tattoos with green, blue, or black coloring
Fractional CO2 Laser
Fractional CO2 lasers remove old, inelastic cells using concentrated light energy in order to stimulate the growth of new, vibrant cells. As the name suggests, only a fraction of the skin in the treatment area is actually removed. These lasers are safe for all skin types, offering minimal recovery time and minimal side effects.
Fractional co2 lasers can treat many concerns caused by sun exposure, such as:
- Uneven skin tone
- Irregular skin texture
- Loose skin
Pulsed Dye Laser
Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatments work by delivering short, intense bursts of laser light to improve skin issues. The light targets problem blood vessels in the skin and eliminates them. One of the most common issues that a PDL laser can improve is unwanted redness.
Other cosmetic concerns that a PDL laser can treat include:
- Broken Capillaries
- Small blood vessels
- Spider veins
- Port wine stains
At JUVA, we offer The Cynergy 595 pulsed dye laser. This safe laser can effectively treat a variety of vascular lesions. Our dermatologists can explain what results you can hope to see from a Cynergy 595 treatment.
Proposed FDA Changes to OTC Sunscreen
The Food and Drug Administration announced a new sunscreen proposal on February 21st, 2019. This change, if passed, will completely transform the entire OTC sunscreen industry and may lead you to throw out some of your favorite products. That’s because this rule would update regulatory requirements surrounding sunscreen that have not been addressed for decades.
The point of this proposed rule is to ensure that the sunscreen that is available to the public is safe and effective. The shocking takeaway is this: of the 16 active ingredients used in today’s sunscreens, only two are being deemed safe to use by the FDA.
These safe ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, more commonly known as physical sunscreen. The FDA proposal states that they need more information on 12 common ingredients before they can say if they are safe, and two ingredients — PABA and trolamine salicylate — are not safe.
Protect Your Skin With Our Advanced Line of Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin from sun damage. It allows you to prevent sun damage from occurring in the first place and can safeguard you against additional harm.
After our treatments have improved the health and beauty of your skin, you’ll need to apply sunscreen diligently to preserve your results. We offer a carefully curated skin care line that includes safe and effective sunscreens.
Schedule Your Sun Damage Treatment in Manhattan
Call (212) 688-5882 or fill out our contact form to schedule a sun damage treatment or consultation. At JUVA, our highly-trained dermatologists serve patients from NYC, Woodside, and around the world.