Outdoor activities can be very enjoyable, but they come with a price. Exposure to UV radiation over the years can have a significant negative impact on the health and appearance of your skin. This can lead to sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles, and brown spots. The good news is that there are numerous treatment options for sun-damaged skin. Most treatment choices for sun-damaged skin are non-invasive or minimally invasive. This means we are doing less damage to the outer layer of your skin, which greatly speeds your recovery time.
Chemical Peels for Reversing Sun Damage
Chemical peels make an extremely effective treatment choice for reversing sun damage in most cases. We use a chemical solution to remove damaged skin tissue and encourage your body to replace it with new skin. Medium-depth chemical peels containing TCA, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, are sometimes used to reverse sun damage.
Microneedling treats a wide range of skin conditions, including wrinkles, scars, blemishes, stretch marks, and sunspots. After numbing your skin, we pass a special device over your skin to form thousands of micro-injuries in it. This stimulates your body into producing new collagen to replace old, damaged skin tissue affected by UV radiation.
A great way to enhance the effects of microneedling is to apply healing serums to the skin in the treatment area immediately after the treatment. The outer part of your skin serves as a sort of barrier to prevent many topical products from reaching very deeply, tremendously limiting their efficacy. By applying topicals after a microneedling session, we are taking advantage of the microscopic channels created by the treatment process. This allows for much greater skin permeation so that these products become even more effective than normal.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Modern cosmetic lasers give us the ability to precisely target only damaged skin tissue and leave surrounding skin intact. Since less skin tissue is damaged in the process, your recovery time will be greatly shortened. After adjusting the laser equipment to your unique specifications, your technician will direct laser energy into your sun-damaged skin. This will prompt your body into a self-repair process that results in the turnover of old, damaged skin cells in favor of new ones displaying fewer sunspots.
If you would like to further explore your treatment options for sun-damaged skin, feel free to make an appointment with Steele Creek Dermatology. At our convenient location in Charlotte, NC, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!