From topical treatments that lighten to in-office lasers that ablate the upper layer of skin, there are a myriad of options to limit the look of sun-damaged skin. Topicals are almost always the first recommendation to address sun damage, and are often coupled with more aggressive treatments.
If you have freckles and minimal sunspots, erase them with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Although the least intense type of sun damage—they can be dark and large in quantity—freckles tend to surface on the skin as early as childhood. The Artisan MaxG at Baroody Plastic Surgery generates higher peak power and Palomar’s unique combination of Dynamic Spectrum Shifting and dual-band filters, the MaxG provides superior vessel and pigment clearance as compared with older IPL (intense pulsed light) and Photofacial devices.
If you have severe age spots, erase them with Laser Resurfacing: Ranging in color from brown to almost black and in size from something bigger than a freckle to as big as a coin, age spots (also known as liver spots and sunspots) are a direct result of excessive sun exposure that has prompted an overproduction of melanin.
If you have skin that is uneven in texture, erase it with regular at-home exfoliation and chemical peels: “The sun sucks the life right out of your skin,” says Dr. Henderson. “After skin is damaged, it looks older than it should and more leathery in texture. It’s not smooth or youthful-looking because there is a lack of healthy collagen and elastin, making the skin look rough, dull and weathered.” Regular exfoliation with alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) like salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids can help—you’ll see the most improvement when they are used in tandem with a prescription-strength retinoid to further smooth the skin. Chemical peels physically exfoliate the top layer of skin and repair some of the damage with specific ingredients, namely acids. Skinmedica Peels are some of our most requested peels and deliver great results. The Illuminize Peel, Vitalize Peel or Rejuvenize Peel by Skinmedica may be the cosmetic treatment you are seeking to help you achieve a clearer, brighter and more youthful glow to your skin.
If you have lines and wrinkles, erase them with fillers and injectables: Lines and wrinkles that are the result of a breakdown of collagen and elastin from the sun need to be addressed with fillers that plump them up from the inside out. For areas that have been affected by extreme collagen loss, hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm Voluma XC, can be injected. “Sun damage can cause facial features to become flat and lose their definition. Injecting these areas with either hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-stimulating fillers restores some of the fullness to skin and can fill in wrinkles. But, these treatments don’t eliminate or reverse sun damage, but rather merely hide it,” says Dr. Henderson.
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