Cosmetic Dermatology

Sun Damage

Sun damage can affect any area of your skin as a result of long-term exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Sun damage most commonly occurs on the face, hands, and arms, and may lead to sun spots, age spots, rough skin, and wrinkles. Years of sun exposure can also lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

The best treatment against sun damage is preventing it from occurring in the first place. It is important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, especially during mid-day hours when the sun is strongest. Existing sun damage can be treated through skin procedures like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, and Botox®.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process that occur when the skin becomes thinner, drier, and loses elasticity, allowing lines and creases to form within. Genetics, smoking, and excessive exposure to the sun can also lead to the premature aging of your skin.

There are several treatment options and lifestyle changes available to help eliminate or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles such as:

  • Anti-aging creams/serums
  • Topical retinoids
  • A healthy diet with plenty of water
  • Botox® and other cosmetic injectable/fillers
  • Laser procedures

While these suggestions cannot completely reverse the effects of aging on your skin, they are often effective in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles through ongoing treatments.

Superficial Brown Spots & Cherry or Spider Angiomas

Superficial brown spots, and cherry or spider angiomas (little red spots or web like blood vessels) commonly appear on the skin as we age. Although usually harmless, lesions may become a cosmetic concern for patients, as they often appear on the face. They should also be monitored regularly to check for any changes or new spots.

These skin spots can often be effectively removed with laser treatments like:

  • Photorejuvenation
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • Broad Band Light (BBL).
  • Vbeam® Perfecta Laser
  • Diolite® Laser

The laser energy applied during these procedures reduces the appearance of dilated blood vessels or brown spots over several sessions, until they are barely visible on the skin. The overall texture of the skin is also improved, as the size of individual pores is reduced and collagen production is stimulated.

Veins

Spider veins and telangectasias are tiny clusters of thin, superficial blood vessels that have a red or bluish color. They can appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the face and legs. Heredity is believed to be the most common factor in the development of these veins, although the cause is not completely known. Other factors can include pregnancy, hormonal changes or fluctuation in weight.

Even though spider veins can be unattractive and may cause embarrassment for people, they are treatable with a number of procedures such as:

  • Sclerotherapy – a minimally invasive procedure done by your dermatologist where a specially developed solution is injected into the affected leg veins.
  • Vbeam® Perfecta Laser
  • Diolite® Laser

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