Repeated exposure to the UV rays of the sun over many years can cause extensive damage and photoaging of the skin. The components of the skin become damaged which causes their normal characteristics to change. Signs of sun damaged skin include dark spots and age spots on the face, uneven complexion, leathery skin, fine lines, spider veins on the face, milium, a gradual thickening of the skin, and deep wrinkles, In addition, pre-cancerous or even skin cancer may appear.

Over time it is very important to practice sun safety and protect your skin. The sun damage that you have accumulated over the course of your lifetime will always be there and cannot be reversed. Sun safety and sun protection can decrease your chances of developing further problems. It is also important to have regular skin examinations to detect new lesions at an early stage.

What treatments are available for sun damage?

Affiliated Dermatologists has many treatments for the effects of aging and sun damage helping your skin look and feel clear, smooth and firm. We will develop an individualized treatment plan to address your unique concerns. Some treatment options may include Retinoids, Chemical Peels, Intensed Pulsed Light, Collagen Induction Therapy, Fractional Laser Resurfacing, and Photodynamic Therapy.