People of all skin types develop sun-damaged skin on the face, chest and neck, the hands and arms, and the legs.
Sun damage occurs from repeated long-term exposure to UVA and UVB, resulting in brown spots (liver spots, sun freckles), dilated blood vessels and fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are multiple sun-damaged skin treatments that our providers at Advanced Dermatology can employ.
The treatments range from topical therapies to laser treatments. Photorejuvenation treatments tackle redness and brown spots on the face caused by skin sun damage with little or no downtime. This is also called Photofacial, Fotofacial or IPL, and it is a non-invasive procedure that makes your face look more youthful by removing and reversing sun damage, signs of rosacea and reducing pores or acne spots. Fraxel® is a revolutionary laser therapy that produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of precisely wounded skin, known as microthermal zones (MTZ). This is based on a grid and this “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster because there is normal skin between the wounded areas. Fraxel® is an excellent treatment for sun damaged skin as it tackles both the brown spots and fine wrinkles associated excessive sun exposure. The Q-switched laser is also a sun damaged skin treatment and is used to remove unwanted brown spot or sun freckles. The laser energy pulse, which is in billionths of a second, releases the pigment into the skin so it can be naturally reabsorbed and disposed of by the body. The Q-switched laser is appropriate if you have a few isolated spots of sun damage on the face, chest, arms or legs. If you are looking to get the best results with one treatment, the CO2RE Fractional Resurfacing treatment could be your best option. This laser removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method (columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing) to help reduce “age-spots” (also called sun freckles, liver spots, and lentigines), fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest.