Summer is just around the corner and you’re probably thinking about all those fun outdoor activities you’ll be enjoying during the next few months. With summer fun, however, comes danger to the skin from the sun.
You’ll want to consider skin protection before you venture outdoors. Sunscreen is a must, and both children and adults should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen at minimum every two hours while in the sun.
Sunglasses, protective clothing, and wide-brimmed hats are also advisable for helping reduce effects of the cancer-causing and skin-aging rays of the sun.
Prevention is always best, but sometimes sun damage is already significant. If your skin has been harmed by the sun in the past, don’t worry. You have options for treating sun damage and looking younger!
How Sun Ages the Skin
UV (ultraviolet) radiation can age the skin in many ways. Sun damage greatly accelerates the rate of aging, contributing to:
- Wrinkling and fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Loss of elasticity
- Skin thickening
While it can be difficult to tell exactly how much impact sunlight has on a person’s aging rate when combined with common habits such as smoking, it is clear that keeping the skin protected can greatly help prevent premature aging from sun damage.
Options for Treatment
Sun damage can’t be reversed entirely, but today there are many options for reducing signs of aging caused by the sun. These treatments range in price, effectiveness, and invasiveness, and sometimes a combination of procedures is needed to address multiple issues.
With all the options available, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here are some popular anti-aging treatments that address different aspects of sun damage.
Laser resurfacing is an excellent choice for those with skin discoloration from sun damage. It is best for light-skinned patients, as those with darker skin may risk further discoloration issues from the laser.
Laser resurfacing can also address enlarged pores and encourage collagen production, which improves skin elasticity. This treatment is typically performed under local anesthetic and sedation, with recovery time lasting one to two weeks.
Chemical peels can range in intensity, depending on the desired results of the treatment. Peels are generally thought to be better for those with only mild skin tone and texture problems, as patients with more severe damage will not see significant results. Recovery time from chemical peels depends on the depth and intensity of the peel.
An extremely popular option for those new to cosmetic treatments, injectable wrinkle treatments, such as Botox, and fillers like Juvederm are an affordable and effective option for reducing wrinkling. These treatments are nearly painless, very quick to administer, and last several months. There is no downtime associated with injectable treatments, so they are often good for a quick fix for wrinkles.
The most effective, but also the most invasive and expensive of cosmetic procedures, anti-aging surgeries, such as eyelid surgery, facelifts and brow lifts can provide great, dramatic results for many years.
Wrinkling and sagging skin are often addressed by these procedures, which can vary greatly in intensity and price, depending on how involved the procedure is. These procedures require downtime, generally for one to two weeks following surgery, depending on the treatment.
Continue to Protect
After any of the above treatments, your skin will be sensitive. In order to prevent further damage and keep your skin looking youthful, you will need to make a habit of protecting your skin in the future.
Even if you do not elect to receive anti-aging treatments, your skin’s health and wellness could depend on protection from the sun. UV rays can increase the risk for various forms of skin cancer, including the most deadly: melanoma. Why take the risk? Spend a little time before going outside protecting yourself.
If you’re looking for a skilled provider to administer anti-aging treatments, your best bet is to seek out a reputable facial plastic surgeon. A specialist will be able to customize your treatment plan, give you advice for maximizing and maintaining your results, and help you love your skin with great results.
If you need skincare services in the Toronto area, contact acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey offers a wide range of surgical and non-invasive facial procedures to help you look as great as you feel. Call Revesse today at (416) 438-2499 to schedule a consultation.