Why think about sun damage in the winter? Because it’s the best time to repair the problems your skin dealt with during the warm summer months. Sunshine is essential for our survival and well-being. And days spent on the beach are a favorite pastime for many. Unfortunately, the sun exposure wreaks havoc on our skin.
UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun causes skin to take on a nice tan, but there’s a darker side. Those rays also cause brown spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging—even skin cancer! If your skin isn’t looking its best when you look in the mirror, it could have to do with all those trips to the beach this summer and in past summers. Fortunately, you’re not stuck with signs of sun damage forever. There are some great solutions for sun damaged skin that a skilled plastic surgeon can perform. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you: Picosure, Portrait PSR3 Plasma, and the ZO Skin Care line.
Skin rejuvenation methods are always undergoing improvement, and the PicoSure laser exemplifies this progress. Lasers in the past were invasive, painful, and required extensive downtime. In contrast, Picosure is a nearly painless laser that can treat many of the problems caused by sun exposure. The treatment can address problems like poor tone and texture, brown spots, acne scarring, and fine lines. Little to no downtime is needed, and the procedure can be a great option for patients with busy schedules.
Portrait PSR3 Plasma
An exciting new skin resurfacing treatment, plasma procedures can help the skin recover from skin damage in several ways. The treatment can help improve signs of sun damage like poor skin tone and texture, brown spots, and wrinkles. There are a few options for plasma treatments: patients can have one high energy-treatment that does require some downtime, or opt for three lower-energy treatments which only require a few days of recovery. Plasma is a great alternative to traditional laser treatments because the results are almost as good, but the procedure is gentler and requires less downtime. Portrait PSR3 Plasma is often combined with other treatments, like ZO products for better results.
ZO Skin Care
Not thrilled with the idea of full office treatments? More into DIY solutions? Then ZO might be the perfect solution for treating your sun damage. ZO Skin Care products are medical-grade treatments that contain powerful ingredients for moisturizing, reconditioning the skin, and improving hyperpigmentation and brown spots caused by sun damage. Under supervision from our staff, patients use the products at home, with regular check-ins. With consistent and proper use, the results from ZO products can be dramatic, improving the overall condition of the skin and reducing signs of sun damage.
Which Treatment is Right for You?
There are so many different solutions for sun damaged skin that it can be hard to know which treatment is right for you. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own. If you’re interested in learning more about how Picosure, Portrait PSR3 Plasma, or ZO Skin Care could help you reach your goals, then you’ll be scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon before you move forward. You’ll get recommendations for achieving your goals during this meeting, and you’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and develop rapport with your plastic surgeons. Don’t underestimate the value of a consultation.
Preventing Future Sun Damage
After your treatments, it is extremely important to avoid further sun damage, for a few reasons. First, your results will last longer if you protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s very easy to see sun damage return quickly if you’re not diligent about sun protection. Second, some treatments affect your skin in ways that make them more susceptible to hyperpigmentation from the sun in the first few months following treatment. Finally, protecting your skin from the sun helps to reduce your risk for skin cancers, some of which can be deadly.
Using sunscreen, even in the winter, is a great idea. You should be extra vigilant during warm weather, or when swimming. It never hurts to wear clothing that protects from UV rays, including hats, long sleeves, or workout clothing with UV protection integrated. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
Talk to an Expert
Overwhelmed by the choices? Don’t worry, many of your questions will be answered during your consultation. Your next step in repairing your sun damage should be to discuss your goals with an expert like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Massachusetts. Dr. Bentkover has decades of experience, and he always stays on the cutting edge of anti-aging technology, offering patients customized solutions to fit their individual needs. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today.