You may be someone who loves the sun and spends carefree summers outdoors, not worrying too much about the effect of the sun’s rays. Or, you may be someone who is careful to slather on the sunscreen when you go outdoors to help protect against problems like premature aging and skin cancer. While it is important to enjoy the summer in whatever way you want, the sun does take a toll on your skin, sometimes despite your best efforts. How the sun affects your skin has a lot to do with your skin type, sunscreen habits, and how much time you spend outdoors. With fall approaching, you may be noticing the effects of the sun, which can include brown spots, dull skin, and signs of aging, like wrinkles. So what can you do to start fixing summer sun damage?
See a Plastic Surgeon for an Assessment
Your first step in repairing your skin after a long summer is to check in with a plastic surgeon to have your complexion assessed. An expert will be able to identify sun damage issues and come up with recommendations for treatment that suit your goals, budget, and lifestyle.
Consider a Cosmetic Treatment or Skincare Regimen
There are many different skin rejuvenation treatments that can help offset the damage caused by the sun’s rays over time. Some popular treatments include:
- Chemical Peels
- Injectable Fillers
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Laser Resurfacing
- Plasma Resurfacing
These treatments each have varying levels of effectiveness and downtime, and some are more specific than others, targeting certain problems. Other procedures are for improving overall complexion and skin quality.
For patients who are less interested in a professional skin rejuvenation treatment but still want great results, a skincare regimen incorporating powerful, medical-grade products can be a smart choice. Innovative products such as the ZO skincare line are supervised by a medical professional, and can produce remarkable improvement in the skin’s overall health and appearance.
Help Your Skin Recover
If you do decide to move forward with a skin treatment, you will need to take care of your skin properly afterward. For several months after most of the above procedures, the skin is very sensitive to the sun, and you should take care to protect it from the dangerous rays. You should follow all directions provided by your plastic surgeon, and take care to leave your skin alone while it heals.
Maintain Your Results
Once you have addressed your sun damage problems and made improvements, you may want to consider periodic, light skin treatments to help maintain your results. Ask your plastic surgeon for recommendations on keeping your skin youthful and beautiful as long as possible.
There is no denying that protecting your skin from the sun can be a hassle and an inconvenience. But it is so important to the health and aesthetics of your skin that you cannot afford to let sun protection fall by the wayside. Though sunscreen and other preventative measures cannot protect from all the effects of the sun’s rays, reducing your exposure in any way is a positive step toward healthy, beautiful skin. All throughout the year, but especially in the summertime, you should be diligent with applying and reapplying sunscreen as needed, seeking out shade, and wearing protective clothing. Remember, a tan looks great for a few weeks, but healthy skin will look great for a lifetime.
Not Sure Where to Start?
If you are ready to speak with an expert about your options for skin rejuvenation, the options can be overwhelming. Seek the help of a board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery for advice and skilled treatment of sun damage. Dr. Bentkover has decades of experience and offers a wide range of effective skin treatments, from IPL to laser and plasma resurfacing. Call Dr. Bentkover’s offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today to schedule your consultation today.