Sundamaged Skin Specialist

Contours LaserSpa

Laser & Medical Spa located in Fairfax, VA

Dark spots and other signs of sun damage can add years to your appearance, but topical over-the-counter products can’t address these concerns in the deeper layers of your skin. Laser treatment for sun-damaged skin is a safe option that targets the cells beneath your skin’s surface where blemishes are in the early stages of formation. The skilled team of aesthetics experts at Contours LaserSpa in Fairfax, Virginia, offers customized laser treatments that can dramatically reduce the appearance of sun damage. To learn more, call the office, or make an appointment online today.

Sundamaged Skin Q & A

How does the sun damage the skin?

Most people enjoy spending time in the sun, but the sun’s rays are actually what cause most of the signs of aging in your skin. Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages the protein elastin within your skin. Elastin gives skin its elastic quality, so when elastin is destroyed, your skin becomes looser, allowing wrinkles and sagging areas to develop over time.

UV rays also stimulate the production of melanin, a pigment that helps protect the deeper layers of skin from sun damage. Melanin is responsible for the sunkissed look of a suntan, but long-term exposure to UV light can cause overproduction of melanin, resulting in hyperpigmentation in some areas. And UV exposure is also a cause of melanoma and other skin cancers.

What are the different types of sun damage?

Long-lasting types of non-cancerous sun damage include:

  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Melasma (uneven patches of darker pigmentation)
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Sagging skin

When exposure to the sun causes a change in your skin, it’s technically a form of sun damage. This includes suntans and sunburns. These conditions are temporary, but they require a healing response from your body to make them go away.

What treatments can help sun-damaged skin?

The highly trained professionals at Contours LaserSpa offer state-of-the-art treatments to reduce the appearance of sun damage. The team has an array of advanced laser tools available to address most non-cancerous signs of sun damage. The most common treatments recommended by the team include:

Intense pulsed light therapy

Intense pulsed light (IPL) uses short bursts of broad-spectrum light to target the deep layers of your skin and break up clusters of excess pigmentation. The light damages the cellular structure of the pigment, and your body’s natural immune process clears the destroyed cells away over time, leaving you with a more evenly toned complexion.

Laser skin rejuvenation

Laser skin rejuvenation uses a specific wavelength of light energy to break up pigment. It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to reduce skin sag, and improve wrinkles and fine lines. Laser treatments also enhance your skin’s circulation, resulting in a healthier, radiant complexion.

How can I prevent further sun damage?

You can reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by always wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen and limiting your sun exposure.

To learn more, call Contours LaserSpa or book online today.