Nothing beats a real sun-kissed glow, but the damage we do to our skin while we are basking in the sunlight may not be worth that temporary sizzle. In fact, sun damage can occur whenever your skin is exposed to the sun, even when you’re not sunbathing. With any amount of sunlight, comes ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and with any amount of UV radiation, comes the risk of your skin being damaged. This means that even everyday exposure to sunlight is a risk, even when you’re shopping on Madison or have the top down while cruising.
Sun damage symptoms can appear as freckles, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer – all on the same person. A sun burn can occur in as little as 15 minutes in the immediate sun, but sun damage is cumulative and may take years, or even decades, to appear in the form of visible symptoms. It is important to understand that sun damage may not be visible on your skin until many years after the initial damage occurred. For this reason, we all need to get to know our own skin so well that we are able to easily identify possible areas of sun damage and bring them to the attention of a trusted dermatologist for analysis.
Treatments for Sun Damage
Fraxel makes several fractional resurfacing lasers that treat a spectrum of concerns, from general skin rejuvenation to deep wrinkles and scars.
Clear + Brilliant®
Often called the "starter" laser, the intensity of this gentle skin resurfacing treatment lies between a spa facial and a more aggressive Fraxel laser.
Palomar Icon ®
This multi-tasker has a fractional laser and IPL to offer a variety of treatments, from photorejuvenation to wrinkle and spot reduction.
This non-laser treatment uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to diminish dark spots, age spots, redness, broken capillaries, rosacea, wrinkles and more.
Vi Peel ™
The Vi Peel is a gentle medical-grade chemical peel for the treatment of various skin conditions including scarring, fine lines, and sun spots.
Medium Grade Chemical Peel
A Medium-depth Chemical Peel causes controlled damage of the epidermis, which restores the skin’s tone and texture in just a single setting.
Often referred to as a "natural" face lift, a microcurrent facial emits low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Dermaplaning is a form of physical exfoliation that uses a surgical blade to scrape off dulling dead skin cells and annoying peach fuzz.
Performed in a cosmetic doctor's office, this all-business facial uses medical-grade products and tools, such as chemical peels and dermaplaning.