What is sun damage?
Sun damage describes premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun damaged skin: UVA and UVB. UVA are longer-wave rays that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and will give you a tan. These rays are not responsible for sunburns. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and skin cancer. UVB, on the other hand, are shorter-wave rays that are responsible for sunburns, but they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are considered the most common cause of skin cancers.
What are the long-term consequences?
Sun damage hurts the skin’s ability to maintain essential components, such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, ceramides and important fatty acids. All of these components keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. In addition to potentially life-threatening skin cancer, the long-term consequences of unprotected sun exposure includes wrinkles and fine lines, brown spots and dull, congested skin. UVA sun damage can be sneaky; often you won’t feel any pain or discomfort from it, but your skin is being damaged nonetheless. As time passes, skin abnormalities can become more pronounced and you run the risk of skin cancer.
How Laser Aesthetic Corrects Sun Damage
In order to address fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dull, congested skin caused by sun damage, we use Excel V laser treatments. Excel V works on all skin types and does not require surgery or downtime. To learn more about Excel V, click here. For less significant damage, we can also provide microdermabrasion treatments to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. To learn more about microdermabrasion, click here.
Schedule a Free Consultation in Merrimack Valley
Sun damage is a serious issue, and not just for cosmetic reasons. If you’d like to reduce the age spots, wrinkles and fine lines on your face, arms, shoulders and/or hands, schedule a consultation at Laser Aesthetic. We currently provide free consultations at our spa in Methuen, so request your appointment today! You can reach us by phone at (978) 685-2737, or you can request your free consultation online.