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, whether you’re an actual sun worshipper or just a lover of the outdoors. If you are unhappy with the appearance of sun damaged skin, JUVA Skin & Laser Center can help. Using a combination of lasers and skin treatments, we can make your skin not just look better, but be healthier as well.
Schedule your consultation today by calling 888-610-3133. Our dermatologists can examine your skin for common signs of sun damage and recommend individualized, effective treatment options. We welcome individuals from Manhattan, Woodside, NYC, and around the world.
Effects of Sun Damage
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 definitely 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 makes 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 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.
Treating Sun Damage
Sun damage treatment depends on the extent and type of sun damage, which in turn depends not just on your sun exposure but also on your genetics. During your consultation, we will evaluate your skin and recommend a treatment course that will give you the best results.
Often, the process to improve sun damage will begin with MediSpa treatments designed to nourish your skin and give it the vital supplies it needs to respond properly to laser treatments. Then, depending on the type of sun damage you have, we may recommend fractional laser skin resurfacing or more straightforward age spot treatments.
Sun exposure is often responsible for the development of wrinkles, but most of us want to have youthful, smooth skin even if we spent a little too much time outside. If sun damage has given you wrinkles, you may be able to improve their appearance with a fractional CO2 laser treatment.
Fractional lasers remove old, inelastic cells with 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.
The benefits of fractional CO2 laser treatments include:
- Minimal discomfort
- Faster healing time
- Less downtime compared to traditional CO2 lasers
- Customizable treatment depths and areas
- Can be used on the face and/or body, depending on the laser
Since the sun causes elastin fibers to break down over time, many people experience loose skin because of sun exposure. Thankfully, there are skin tightening treatments to help you address some of this damage and give your skin a firm appearance.
Radio frequency treatments are becoming increasingly popular for improving saggy skin. Radio frequency energy works by gently and deeply heating your skin. This heat stimulates your skin’s natural production of elastin and collagen.
The innovative BodyTite and FaceTite treatments tighten loose skin through radio frequency assisted lipolysis. Lipolysis is another term for the breakdown of fatty tissue and removes fat deposits during treatment. You will notice an improvement in skin elasticity thanks to the radio frequency energy, as well as a reduction of stubborn fatty deposits beneath the surface of your skin.
Brown Sun Spots
One of the most visible effects of sun damage on the skin is the presence of age spots, also known as sun spots or liver spots. These dark spots are often brown and can appear on both the face, hands and other areas of the body.
The Alexandrite laser can often remove most sun spots in one treatment. In some cases, a second treatment may be necessary. If you have sensitive skin, we may recommend mild treatment sessions that need to be repeated several times. If you are concerned about sun spots and wrinkles, a fractional laser treatment may be a better choice, as we can often treat both concerns.
Excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can also cause visible, and even broken, blood vessels. Sun exposure can enlarge your blood vessels, and peeling after a sunburn may temporarily make blood vessels more apparent. The appearance of blood vessels (broken or not) is usually harmless, though many people choose to seek cosmetic treatment.
Visible blood vessels, spider veins on your body, and telangiectasias on your face can all be improved with laser treatment. The Cynergy 595 pulsed dye laser can effectively treat a variety of vascular lesions. Pulsed dye lasers work by delivering short-intense bursts of laser light to improve skin issues. Our dermatologists can explain what results you can hope to see from a Cynergy 595 treatment.
Schedule Your Sun Damage Treatment Consultation
Call 888-610-3133 today to schedule a sun damage consultation and learn more about your options for achieving a healthy, youthful complexion. We can also perform a skin check to look for any potentially cancerous or pre-cancerous conditions. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we happily serve NYC, Manhattan, Woodside, and the world.