Sun damage, also known as photoaging, is a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. This exposure can lead to a range of skin concerns, including premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Sun damage also manifests as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and a loss of skin elasticity. It can affect any skin type and is cumulative, meaning the effects build up over time with continued exposure.

While the immediate effects, like sunburns, are visible and often painful, the long-term impact on skin health can be more subtle but significant. Prevention through sunscreen and protective clothing is key, as once the damage occurs, it can be challenging to reverse. However, several treatments help mitigate some of the effects of sun damage, restoring a healthier, more youthful skin appearance.

Overview

What Is Sun Damage?

Sun damage refers to skin harm caused by prolonged exposure to UV radiation, resulting in visible changes to the skin that affect its texture and color.

What Causes Sun Damage?

It is primarily caused by prolonged and unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun or even artificial sources like tanning beds.

What Treats Sun Damage?

Treatments include radio frequency microneedling, laser, chemical peels, and light therapy, and consistent use of sunscreen to prevent further damage.

What Causes Sun Damage

Sun damage to the skin, often referred to as photoaging, is primarily caused by prolonged and unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Here are the key factors contributing to this common skin concern:

Duration of Sun Exposure

The longer the skin is exposed to UV rays without protection, the greater the risk of damage. Cumulative exposure over time, even without sunburn, can lead to significant skin changes such as wrinkles, spots, and loss of elasticity.

Lack of Protection

Not using sunscreen or wearing protective clothing significantly increases the risk of sun damage. Sunscreen helps to block or absorb UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin.

Altitude and Latitude

UV exposure can be more intense in areas closer to the equator and at higher altitudes. These geographical factors can increase the risk of sun damage.

Time of Day

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Exposure during these hours, especially without protection, can lead to more severe sun damage.

Reflection from Surfaces

Water, snow, sand, and concrete can reflect the sun’s rays, increasing the risk of exposure and sun damage.

Tanning Beds

Artificial sources of UV radiation, such as tanning beds, are also a significant cause of sun damage. They emit concentrated UV rays that can be as harmful as or even more harmful than the sun.

Age and Skin Type

Younger skin may recover more quickly from sun exposure, but damage accumulates over time. People with fair skin are more prone to sun damage due to lower levels of melanin, the pigment that helps protect the skin from UV rays.

Our Services

SYLFIRM X

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Sylfirm X is a cutting-edge treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology to target the effects of sun damage. It works by stimulating the skin’s natural healing process, promoting collagen production, and improving overall skin texture and tone. This treatment is particularly effective for reducing the appearance of sun spots and improving skin elasticity.

BBL FOREVER YOUNG

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BBL Forever Young is an innovative light therapy that utilizes BroadBand Light to target the signs of sun damage. It works to improve skin tone and texture, reduce sun spots, and enhance the skin’s natural vibrancy. The treatment also aids in restoring the skin’s genetic pattern to a more youthful state, slowing down the aging process.

HALO

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Halo is a hybrid fractional laser that addresses sun damage comprehensively. By combining ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, Halo effectively treats discoloration, sun spots, and skin texture issues. It’s tailored to the specific needs of the patient’s skin, offering precise treatment for sun-damaged areas.

BELLAFILL

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Bellafill stands out as a long-lasting dermal filler, specifically designed to treat acne scars. By adding volume beneath the scar tissue, Bellafill lifts and smoothens the skin’s surface, offering immediate and enduring results. Its unique formulation not only fills scars but also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, enhancing skin texture over time.

EXILIS

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Exilis combines radiofrequency and ultrasound technologies to heat the deeper layers of the skin, encouraging collagen production and resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin. It’s a versatile treatment that can be used on various body parts.

JEUVEAU

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With a powerful wrinkle relaxer like Jeuveau, you can smooth out those lines and reclaim the youthful vibrancy of your skin. This treatment is quick, minimally invasive, and has become the go-to anti-aging solution for millions seeking to refresh their appearance without the need for surgery.

Fillers

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Dermal fillers, tailored to each individual’s needs, can significantly improve the appearance of scars. These injectables work by elevating depressed scars, aligning them with the surrounding skin level. By restoring volume and promoting a smoother skin surface, fillers offer a quick and effective solution for various types of scarring.

LIQUID FACE LIFT

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A liquid facelift is a transformative, nonsurgical procedure that rejuvenates and enhances facial features using injectable dermal fillers and neurotoxins. This minimally invasive treatment addresses signs of aging by filling in wrinkles, restoring lost volume, and contouring the face to reveal a refreshed and youthful appearance.

Wrinkle Relaxers

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Wrinkle relaxers work by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where they’re injected, minimizing muscle activity, and thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles. By reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, wrinkle relaxers offer you a vibrant, rejuvenated and radiant version of yourself.

CHEMICAL PEELS

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Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process reveals a smoother, more refined skin layer underneath, making it effective for treating superficial scars. Regular treatments can reduce scar visibility and enhance overall skin texture.

HALO

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Halo laser treatment combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to effectively address acne scars, significantly improving the skin’s overall texture and tone. This dual-wavelength approach allows for a more comprehensive treatment.

SkinPen

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SkinPen is a microneedling device that creates controlled micro-injuries to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. This treatment is especially beneficial for acne scars, as it encourages collagen production, leading to smoother and firmer skin. SkinPen’s precision and effectiveness make it a popular choice for those seeking minimal downtime.

Why Should I Choose Contour You?

At Contour You, we understand the complexities of skin damage caused by sun exposure. Our commitment to excellence ensures that each patient receives a customized treatment plan to address their specific skin concerns effectively.

Led by Dr. Scott W. Siverhus, our team brings extensive experience in aesthetic medicine to provide treatments that adhere to the highest standards of quality and safety. Our holistic approach to managing conditions like sun damage has earned us a loyal clientele who value our dedication to quality, safety, and patient satisfaction.

Ready to Fight Back Against UV?

If you’re concerned about the effects of sun damage on your skin, Contour You is here to help. Our expert team offers a range of state-of-the-art treatments to address sun damage and restore your skin’s health and vitality. From advanced laser therapies to nourishing topical treatments, we customize our approach to suit your unique needs.

Let us help you achieve a healthier, more radiant complexion with our professional care and cutting-edge technology. Don’t wait to rejuvenate your skin – contact Contour You now at 602-390-2015 and take the first step towards reversing the effects of sun damage.

We’d Love to Hear From You

We are ready to help you create your inner and outer glow at Contour You Med Spa! We invite you to bring your concerns to us and see what we can do to help you safely and effectively treat your specific needs.