Reverse Sun Damage: 5 Laser Treatments for Pigmentation
Summer is officially here! But with fun in the sun comes UV rays that can cause long term damage to the skin, including unwanted pigmentation, age spots, sun spots, and even skin cancer.
Of course, protecting your skin from the sun is the best way to prevent damage from UV radiation. But if you’re already showing signs of sun damage, Goldenberg Dermatology in New York has several treatments that can improve the appearance of the skin without undergoing surgery.
In this article the dermatologists at Goldenberg Dermatology explain the ways you can protect your skin from sun damage. And we discuss 5 of our top laser treatments for reversing the signs of UV damage for clearer, younger, more beautiful skin at any age.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
Protecting your skin from sun damage is crucial for maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours are all important steps in preventing sun damage.
At Goldenberg Dermatology we offer our own specially formulated brand of sunscreen: “Clear Defense SPF 45”. This mineral based sunscreen is dermatologist developed and tested to provide optimal protection from the sun while being safe and gentle on the skin.
Zinc Oxide, the active ingredient in our sunscreen, blocks both harmful UVA and UVB rays, and is photostable and water-resistant – meaning it won’t break down in the sun or in water. It is oil free, so it won’t clog pores. And because it works by laying on the surface of the skin, there is less potential for irritation, so it’s ideal for sensitive skin.
Skin Cancer Screening
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer globally, with millions of cases diagnosed each year and thousands of deaths attributable to melanoma and other skin cancers.
The good news is that early detection through regular skin cancer screening can significantly improve survival and full recovery from skin cancer. The skin cancer experts at Goldenberg Dermatology offer the most advanced, rapid, and effective skin cancer screening in New York City.
So don’t forget your annual skin check at Goldenberg Dermatology in New York!
Laser Sun Damage Treatment
Even with the best prevention methods, sun damage can still occur. This is where the advanced laser treatments at Goldenberg Dermatology come in. Our lasers can effectively treat a variety of sun damage concerns, including pigmentation, dark spots, and age spots – with no discomfort or downtime.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is one of the primary causes of skin damage. The UV radiation can penetrate the skin and cause damage to the dermis, which is the layer of skin that contains collagen and elastin fibers that keep the skin firm and supple.
UV radiation causes the skin to age prematurely by breaking down collagen fibers, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. It can also cause pigmentation changes, including dark spots, age spots, and freckles. This is because UV radiation stimulates the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. Over time, excess melanin can accumulate in certain areas of the skin, causing uneven pigmentation.
Goldenberg Dermatology in New York offers four types of lasers that are ideal for treating pigmentation, dark spots, and age spots caused by sun exposure
Clear + Brilliant for Sun Damage
Clear + Brilliant is a “non-ablative” laser that uses fractional laser technology to stimulate renewed collagen production and improve skin texture and tone. The laser light energy penetrates the deeper layer of tissue while leaving the outer layer of skin intact – so there is little to no downtime.
It can be used to treat a range of skin concerns, including sun damage, pigmentation, and fine lines. The treatment is typically done in a series of sessions, with results improving after every session.
VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser for Sun Damage
The VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser at Goldenberg Dermatology in New York is another non-ablative laser. However, this laser works by targeting the ‘color’ in blood vessels and dark spots, which can reduce redness and pigmentation caused by sun damage – without damaging the surrounding skin and tissues.
Even sensitive areas, such as the face, neck, and the “V” of the chest can be easily treated with the gentle but powerful VBeam laser.
Fraxel for Sun Damage
Fraxel acquired its name from being a ‘fractional laser’ that works by creating a grid pattern of tiny micro-injuries in the skin. These tiny ‘wounds’ activate the body’s natural healing response, which stimulates renewed cell turnover and collagen production. Fraxel can be used to treat a range of skin concerns caused by sun damage, including pigmentation, and fine lines.
Fraxel is also typically done in a series of sessions, with downtime ranging from a few days to a week, depending on the intensity of the treatment.
MixTo C02 Laser for Sun Damage
For more advanced cases of sun damage – including darker pigmentation and deeper lines, the MixTo laser is our go-to treatment.
The MixTo C02 laser is an ablative laser that works by removing the outer layer of damaged skin cells. It can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns related to sun damage, including pigmentation (sun spots), as well as fine lines, and wrinkles. The treatment is done in our New York dermatology office under topical anesthetic or local anesthesia, and downtime can range from a few days to a week, depending on the intensity of the treatment.
Laser Genesis for Sun Damage
Laser Genesis is highly effective at reducing or eliminating almost every type of UV skin damage. This fast and comfortable “lunch-time” procedure can improve: brown discolorations (hyperpigmentation & melasma); freckles, age/sun/dark spots; redness; lines and wrinkles; rough skin texture; enlarged pores; and even surgical or acne scars.
As the skin repairs itself “from the inside out” the renewed collagen fibers improve skin tone and texture, while the elastin improves skin sagging making it “snap back” into place. The hyaluronic acid imparts renewed plumpness to the skin. And the specific laser frequencies target and dissolve unwanted pigmentation.
Sun Damage Treatment | New York
Protecting your skin from sun damage is key, and regular skin cancer screenings are essential. But for sun damage that has already been done, laser treatments can help reverse pigmentation, lines & wrinkles, and other signs of UV damage.
In you live in the New York, NY area schedule a visit at Goldenberg Dermatology to pick up some skin-safe sunscreen, get a quick skin cancer check … and discuss which of our aesthetic treatments would be best for you to reverse signs of sun damage and get clear glowing skin!
Sun Damage Treatment | New York: 212-405-8202
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