Age Spots & Sun Damage Scottsdale, AZ
Do you notice visible signs of aging on your face or body? According to Skincancer.org, 90% of visible aging is caused by sun damage, and regular sunscreen use can reduce that aging.
Long term and repeated exposure to sunlight, especially ultraviolet light, can cause a variety of cosmetic and medical problems related to the skin, commonly referred to as sun damage. Sun damage can affect any area of the skin as a result of excessive exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Sun damage most commonly occurs on the face, hands and arms, and may lead to sun spots, age spots, rough skin and wrinkles.
The best treatment against sun damage is preventing it from occurring in the first place. It is important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis and avoid excessive exposure to the sun, especially during mid-day hours when the sun is strongest. Additional ways to prevent sun damage include:
- Always wear sun screen with an SPF of at least 30
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours (1 application will not last all day)
- Wear a hat in the sun
- Wear long sleeves and long pants
- Avoid tanning beds and salons
In our office there are several options available to improve damage that has already been suffered:
- Total FX or Fraxel laser resurfacing may reduce pre-cancers and will significantly improve the appearance of your skin
- Injectables such as fillers and Botox can fill out lines and wrinkles to give the skin a fuller, smoother look and feel
- Ultherapy can lift laxity on the face, neck and chest, which also improves wrinkles and saggy skin
- Thermage will tighten crepey skin on the face or body and stimulate collagen
Individuals that notice any suspicious growths or skin patches should immediately consult with a doctor, as early detection is extremely important in treating any forms of skin cancer that may have developed as a result of sun damage.