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Possible to Repair Sun Damaged Facial Skin?
4 Doctor Answers | Asked by SADEYES10 in AUSTIN, TEXAS
Yes, it is. Methods can vary
You can dramatically improve the appearance of sun damaged skin. Medium to deep chemical peels work, as does 5-6 sessions of Fraxel. My personal favorite, however, is 1-2 sessions with the Total FX. It is also FDA approved to destroy pre-cancers, so you are treating both the cosmetic (lines, wrinkles, discoloration, sagging) while addresssing the more important issues of skin cancer. It is important to be pre-treated and post-treated with a skin care regime individualized to your age,...
Sun Damaged Skin
Hi Sadeyes, The key word in this question is "reversible". While it may not be possible to completely reverse the effects of sun exposure, you can certainly improve your skin. Here are a few options. Q-switched lasers are THE GOLD STANDARD for removing pigmentation caused by sun exposure. As opposed to IPL treatments, q-switched lasers can permanently remove the pigment. Laser resurfacing such as CO2, Erbium and fractional resurfacing can go a long way toward improving the...
Repairing sun-damaged skin
You have several options when it comes to addressing sun-damaged skin including chemical peels, laser/light treatments including IPL and the fractionated ablative lasers, photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT), as well as topical creams such as 5-Fluorouracil and Aldara. I agree with Dr. Lupo that the regular use of sunscreens and retinoids are part of a good preventive regimen. Good luck.
Sun Damaged Skin Treatment Goals
Your sun damaged skin can never be fully "restored" to what it was in your teen or early twenties before sun damage began. However, the changes in the skin due to sun damage - "sun spots", freckles, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of skin elasticity and collagen content, etc. can all be repaired and the youthful glow and texture to the skin can be significantly improved. Depending on what the problem is in the skin many problems can be...