Sunlight has multiple benefits in optimizing health, including stimulating Vitamin D production. This vitamin is important for keeping bones healthy by increasing calcium absorption. Yet like all things in life, moderation is important when it comes to sun exposure. Too much exposure can result in a host of skin issues, ranging from sunburns to the premature appearance of wrinkles to skin cancer. In some cases, sunlight can even trigger unnecessary immune responses.
At our cosmetic surgery practice in Encino, it’s not uncommon for patients to seek solutions in improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Although topical treatments (the ones applied to the surface of the skin) are often the first line of defense against the common signs of sun-damaged skin, they are more appropriate for early signs of damage. Moderate to severe cases have been shown to respond well to the following treatments/procedures:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Moderate to severe age spots and similar hyperpigmentation issues can be significantly reduced with laser skin resurfacing. In this procedure, the laser creates a wound-healing response in the body that stimulates the body to produce collagen for skin renewal. The new layers of skin are generally lighter than the pre-existing skin discoloration.
Rough, dull, and weathered skin can be generally improved through exfoliating chemical peels. Regular chemical peel treatments, particularly if used in tandem with prescription retinoids, can help exfoliate the sun-damaged upper skin layers to reveal smooth, naturally youthful skin. There are various types of chemical peels and each session can be individually formulated depending on your aesthetic goals and existing concerns.
Facial lines, creases, and wrinkles are also a result of the unnecessary breakdown of collagen and elastin resulting from sun exposure. Injectables that stimulate collagen production such as Radiesse and Sculptra do a perfect job in improving skin laxity and erasing facial lines.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in exploring your options in improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Dr. Matthew Malamet serves patients from Encino, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas. Call us at 818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment today!