Exposure to sunlight over many years can have a harmful effect on the skin, including the formation of wrinkles and an increased risk of skin cancer. Dr. Christopher Messana and Dr. Kate Messana provide treatment options for repairing sun damage for healthier looking skin.
Sun Damage Q & A
Extended exposure to the sun over many years has a harmful effect on your skin including increased risk of skin cancer, skin discoloration, wrinkles, and other skin texture problems. Dr. Messana is an expert in diagnosing and treating the signs and symptoms of sun damage and aging skin. We look forward to helping you achieve more youthful-appearing, healthier skin.
What are the effects of sun damage on the skin?
Sun exposure is needed for the body to make vitamin D, but too much sun can increase the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. The sun’s UV rays lead to an increased activity of free radicals, which are abnormal atoms that cause what’s known as oxidative stress. This type of stress damages skin cells and causes the skin to appear older and unhealthy. The aging process also contributes to this damage, as skin loses its elasticity over time.
What are the signs of skin damage from the sun?
Those who spend a lot of time in the sun can end up with skin that’s dry and coarse or rough. Their skin might also become discolored in certain areas, or they might develop wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Some individuals who get a lot of sun exposure might also develop freckles on different parts of the body. Exposure to sunlight doesn’t just affect an individual’s appearance. It can also increase their risk of skin cancer, which requires prompt care.
What kinds of treatments are available for skin problems due to sun exposure?
The treatment options for skin damage related to sun exposure depend on the kind of damage that has occurred. Laser treatments, surgical procedures, and other treatment options can help repair damage caused by the sun and return skin to a more youthful appearance. These treatments are mainly designed to minimize the physical effects of the sun and aging on the skin.
How can I prevent skin damage from sun exposure?
Patients can lower their risk of having sun damage by protecting their skin from sunlight exposure. This means wearing sunscreen any time they go outside, even during the winter months. Covering sensitive areas of the body, such as the scalp, also helps prevent skin damage from sun exposure. Patients should also apply sunblock to the lips, which are a vulnerable area that can burn or sustain other sun-related damage. Patients should also wear sunglasses that provide UV light protection, and avoid or limit sun exposure if they take medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight.
After listening closely and precisely understanding your concerns, the doctors at Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center will discuss the best treatment options to restore a more youthful appearance to your skin and slow down the visible signs of sun damage and aging.