Looking older than you actually are isn’t caused solely by genetics. The sun may feel great and produce an attractive tan, but looking good now may not look so great later. No matter how often parents, doctors, friends, and loved ones continue to stress the importance of sun protection, people continue to tan and go into the sun without proper protection. What you may not know, however, is that in the end, too much sun is ultimately aging and damaging your skin.
Sun damage tends to appear later in life, leading younger audiences to believe that sun exposure does not create any damage. Covering dark spots from the sun can become cumbersome and may even cause areas to appear darker and skin pigmentation to appear less even. Luckily, you can treat sun damaged skin and reduce age spots with various types of laser technology.
Dr. Fink uses fractionated laser resurfacing, specifically the Palomar system, to improve and reduce the appearance of sun damage and age spots. The Palomar laser may help improve the appearance of age spots and the most common skin conditions related to sun damage, including:
Overexposure to the sun causes skin to over produce melanin and decrease the levels of collagen. The melanin works as a protectant for skin cells and causes tan skin. During sun damage and age spot reduction, lasers gently target excess, underlying skin pigmentation, breaking up sun damage and reducing the appearance of age spots, while at the same time they may improve the levels of collagen.
The laser system used by our dedicated staff is quite comfortable and requires no anesthetic. The Palomar Fractionated Laser system treats only a small percentage of skin at a time, leaving surrounding tissues intact and promoting faster healing times. The amount of sessions needed may vary for each individual and depends on the extent of sun damage and amount of age spots. Many patients describe a tingling feeling during treatment and redness afterwards. In the days following, the excess pigment may begin to crust over and fall off, being replaced by healthy, new skin. The skin will become smoother and more even in tone.
Dr. Fink and our staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss sun damage & age spot removal treatments. Contact our Westchester County office at 914-393-4127, or request your appointment online today for a personalized consultation with Dr. Fink.