Pretty much everyone will have some level of sun damage on their skin in their lives, usually when they’re older. If you have sun-damaged skin on your face, neck, or chest, you have probably wondered if there are any ways to reduce the effects of the damage. Luckily, you have options to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin without risky surgery.
What is Sun Damage?
Sun damage is the most common form of skin damage. Sun damage occurs when the ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun penetrates the skin and causes damage to cellular DNA. These changes can cause the skin to become dry, wrinkled, and discolored and can lead to early signs of aging, including wrinkles and dark spots.
Options for Sun-Damaged Skin
Once the skin is damaged, especially the fragile skin on the face, neck, and chest, it can be very difficult to reverse the effects. As with so many things in life, prevention of sun damage before it occurs is essential to preserving the skin’s integrity. Sunscreen, wide hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun at the brightest times of the day are the best ways to prevent sun damage. Mild sun damage and burns should be immediately treated with topical such as aloe-based creams and lotions. Even with fast attention, once the damage has affected the skin at a cellular level, more invasive options must be considered for repair.
One of the safest and least-invasive treatment options for sun-damaged skin is microneedling.
Microneedling for Sun-Damaged Skin
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Microneedling uses small needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, which promotes the production of new collagen and elastin fibers. These proteins are important for skin health and can help to reduce the appearance of sun damage, including wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for sun-damaged skin. It is typically well tolerated by patients and has few side effects. Treatment is typically done in a series of sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Microneedling in Tampa Bay
If you are interested in learning more about how microneedling can improve the appearance of your sun-damaged skin, please contact Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center in Tampa today at (727) 799-7000 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers.