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Is It Possible To Reverse Sun Damage

Summers are approaching so thought of sharing few dermatological procedures which can help reverse signs of sun damage. Most of us have sun damage from our childhood and teen years.  Maybe as an adult, you have been diligent about protecting yourself from the sun by using sunscreen-containing products on your face and lips, seeking shade when possible, and even purchasing a few sun protective hats, but the sun damage from our youth remains. The good news is that once you begin to focus on protecting your skin, you can stop additional damage.  In order to treat the lines, dark spots, and uneven skin tone that have already occurred, there are treatments that can be administered by a qualified dermatologist.

Photo ageing is the term for premature wrinkling and skin damage that comes from excessive exposure to the sun.  Unlike the regular ageing process, photo ageing leads to skin that can be dry, coarse, discoloured, leathery, and more deeply wrinkled.  The following treatment options can help to reverse the signs of sun damage.

 

Dermabrasion

can minimize irregularities on the skin surface as well as scars. During this procedure, a machine is used to remove one or more layers of the skin,  which appears smoother and even as it heals.  Recovery time can be up to 14 days depending on the severity of the treatment.  A gentler version is known as microdermabrasion generally requires multiple treatments and only removes the top layers of the skin.

 

Chemical peels

 

involve removal of the top layers of skin through careful application of an acid that is used to wound or exfoliate the skin. Once specific areas of skin are damaged, new skin grows back in its place, and this new skin is significantly improved in texture and appearance.  The concentration of acid, number of applications, and length of time it remains on the skin will be determined by your physician.

 

Laser resurfacing for Sun Damage

is a technique that uses concentrated pulsating beams of light to remove layer by layer of the skin with precision. Erbium laser resurfacing removes superficial and moderately deep wrinkles, while CO2 lasers are used for deeper wrinkles.  As erbium lasers cause less burning of the surrounding tissue, they are associated with a shorter recovery period and cause less swelling and bruising than CO2 lasers.  Nonablative lasers may be considered as an alternative to traditional resurfacing as they create microscopic wounds and don’t affect the surrounding tissue.  With this method, multiple treatments are needed to see improvements.

 

Fillers

can be injected below the skin for the treatment of facial lines as they can hydrate the skin and plump up its volume. The most popular types, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found throughout the body.  Redness, swelling, and bruising can occur after injection, but side effects are rare, and the results can last from 4 months to a year.

 

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Botox

is aimed at temporarily paralyzing muscles whose movement leads to wrinkles. While it does not plump the skin like fillers, it helps to smooth the skin by preventing contractions that lead to more pronounced lines over time.  For sun-damaged skin which has a tendency to show deeper lines, your physician may recommend Botox as one of the ways to treat your specific skin concerns either on its own or as part of an overall treatment plan for addressing sun damage.

If you want to know which treatment works best for you, consult a good dermatologist.

 

 

About Dr B L Jangid

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Dr B L Jangid, MD Skin is one the top dermatologists of Delhi, with more than 10 years of experience in new treatments, technology and research into skin and hair problems, skin surgeries, hair transplant surgeries, Lasers and anti-ageing. He practices at SkinQure in Saket. You can follow him at @skinqureindia.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are expert’s views. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aesha’s Musings. Any omissions, errors are the author’s and Aesha’s Musings does not assume any liability or responsibility for them.

 

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