Sun Damage? Beautiful Skin Rx

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When you think of tan skin, you think sleek, sexy, healthy, gorgeous. Even I'll admit it: a nice tan looks good. It hides flaws, such as spider veins, cellulite and an uneven skin tone. To be sun kissed makes us feel good about how we look. But down the road it comes back to bite you in the form of damaged skin. More than sun spots, it destroys collagen and elastin, basic healthy skin components responsible for plump, tight skin. It can also lead to skin cancer. Not so pretty.

Even if you’ve swapped the traditional tan for a sunless version and slather on the SPF, if you spend time outside — or have spent it without sunscreen in year’s past — you likely still have skin that’s affected by damaging UV rays. It’s almost impossible not to. But all hope is not lost. You can restore your skin’s optimal health with a few strategic treatments that work to repair and restore the damage caused by the sun.

On the Surface

To improve the appearance of and tighten the surface of the skin, there are a couple of key skin resurfacing options:

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments cause selective damage to the skin surface and use the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tissue. The result? Healthier, tighter, younger looking skin. Laser skin resurfacing treats uneven tone and texture, including crow’s feet, vertical lines around the mouth, red or brown spots or acne scars. (88% RealSelf Worth It Rating)
  • A Chemical Peel is used to deliver “controlled injury” to the skin, using varying strengths —from superficial to deep—to clear away skin imperfections and promote new, healthier skin during the healing process. A chemical peel or series of chemical peels can be used to treat sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, blotches and scars. (87% RealSelf Worth It Rating)

At a Deeper Level

To go deeper and restore youthful contours of the face that are lost due to premature sun exposure and resulting loss of collagen (volume), we turn to treatments that go below the surface of the skin:
  • Dermal fillers can be used to non-surgically create “lift” to the face by replacing lost volume. They can also be used to enhance specific facial features. Soft tissue fillers are used to hide wrinkles, enhance lips, refine noses, add volume to the cheeks, create jawline definition, fill scars, and rejuvenate under eye hollows. 87% RealSelf Worth It Rating for Juvederm, Sculptra; 92% for Voluma; 78% for Radiesse
  • Ultherapy safely tightens and lifts loose and sagging skin, resulting in a non-surgical “lift” to the face and neck. It works by delivering ultrasound energy to deep structural tissue to gradually build new collagen. As a result, tissue will become tighter and fuller over time. The key with successful Ultherapy treatment is patient selection. Patients who need a surgical facelift but insist on a non-surgical option may not be satisfied with their results. 67% RealSelf Worth It Rating
Which treatments are right for you? Get some guidance from the trusted aesthetic medical experts in your area to formulate the best individual plan to restore your skin to optimal health. Your skin will thank you.

Dr. M
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon