Photo-aging (Sun-damage) can occur on skin which is frequently exposed to sun.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight has many effects on the skin causing premature aging:
Uneven colouration – sun-spots, freckles, broken veins
Loss of collagen – lines and wrinkles; loss of elasticity; skin that looks thin and “crepey”
Aging of the epidermal (superficial) cell layer – coarse, lack-lustre skin; dry skin due to a reduced moisture-retaining ability; increased risk of skin cancer
Procedures useful for restoring sun-damaged skin:
Ablative and non-ablative Fractional Lasers – “micro-punching” out sun-damaged skin for the renewal of skin
Chemical Peel treatments – repair the epidermal layer for smoother and firmer skin
Laser PhotoRejuventation – most effective for improving uneven coloration; encourages collagen formation
Juvederm Volite HydroRejuvenation – increases the water content inside the skin; stimulates collagen production; improves lustre and suppleness of skin
Thermage – improves the elasticity and firmness of the skin
As no amount of treatment can totally undo the damage done by previous sun-exposure, the best way is prevention by consistent practice of sun-protection, the regular use of a good sunscreen being an essential part.