Sun exposure can add years to your skin. The medical term is photoaging and it’s caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds. UV rays cause collagen and elastin in the skin to break down resulting in premature wrinkles and changes to skin tone and texture. Over time skin loses volume and becomes loose and leathery. Wrinkles become deeper and lips become thin and lose their shape. Pigmentation becomes uneven and age spots, or solar lentigines, and spider veins can appear. Exposure to UV rays significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancers or precancerous lesions called actinic keratosis.
HOW WE TREAT IT
Sun damage can be significantly improved through a combination of treatments. The first step is to prevent further damage with daily use of sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or higher. Incorporating medical grade skincare with retinols and antioxidants can help to hydrate and normalize skin barrier function. Fine lines and wrinkles and volume loss can be treated with Botox® and dermal fillers plus Vascular Lasers,IPL and Laser Genesis to help to eliminate pigmented lesions and veins and stimulate collagen production. Exfoliating peels can brighten skin by removing superficial layers and laser resurfacing that targets deeper layers can deliver outstanding results.