Spending time outdoors without protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can add years to your appearance. Fortunately, there are ways to erase some of this damage.
The woman before and after treatment for sun-damaged skin:
A) Before treatment
B) three months after laser resurfacing performed by a certified dermatologist
C) 25 months later.
Do you have sun-damaged skin?
Every time you go outside without protection from the sun or use a Solarium, ultraviolet radiation harms your skin. Over time, this damage builds up, and you see changes in your skin that can make you look years older than you would naturally be.
These changes include:
- Age spots
— Flabby skin
- Spider veins
- Blotchy or ruddy complexion
If you use a tanning bed, you will notice these changes quickly-often after a few years. Some people who use tanning beds see signs within a year or even earlier.
The medical term for these changes is “photoaging”. You may also hear the words “premature aging” or “sun-damaged skin”.
As damage accumulates, you may see deep lines or dry, scaly spots called actinic keratoses (AC). AK is a pre-cancerous skin growth. Sun damage can also lead to skin cancer. And sometimes AK turns into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
Treatments that can give you young skin
Although most of the damage is permanent, treatment can reduce some of the signs of sun damage that make you look older.
Certified dermatologists often use more than one type of treatment to treat signs of aging. This helps treat various signs of aging. It also helps give you a natural and healthy look, so you don’t look like you’ve “done the job”.
The following table lists the various treatments that dermatologists use to reduce signs of sun-damaged skin.
Although treatment can reduce the signs of aging on your skin, you also need to start protecting your skin from the sun. If you are using a Solarium, you will have to stop.
Without protection from harmful UV rays, you can:
- Develop side effects from treatment
— Can’t get the results you’re looking for
— Continue to harm your skin
Sun protection can also help prevent, slow down, and even reverse signs of sun damage. To be effective, you should use sun protection every day, even when it’s cloudy or cold outside.
How to prevent skin cancer
Your results largely depend on the skills and knowledge of the person performing your treatment. Not everyone who offers these treatments is a doctor.
When you choose a Board-certified dermatologist, you work with a doctor who:
Has an in-depth medical training in skin treatment: after graduating from medical school, a doctor who wants to become a dermatologist must continue his training in medical school, studying for another 3-5 years. During these 3-5 years, the doctor receives in-depth training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails. This medical training means that a certified dermatologist knows how to evaluate your skin condition, your skin type, and your health before choosing a treatment. This helps to get the best results and reduces the risk of complications.
Provides treatment in a medical office or surgical Department: this helps ensure your safety.
Checks skin cancer before treatment: dermatologists are experts on skin cancer. Someone who doesn’t have this comprehensive knowledge might mistake skin cancer for a place of age. Treating skin cancer as an age spot allows cancer to spread.