Top 3 Sun Damage Treatments

Summer may be coming to a close, but sunny, hot days continue well into the fall in the Lowcountry. The warm weather, beautiful beaches, and subtropical climate are all part of Charleston’s charm. Still, these southern perks also correlate with exposure to harmful UV light that can ultimately lead to needing sun damage treatments. As autumn approaches, you may begin to evaluate sun damage and consider possible treatments. As the days grow shorter, we have fewer hours of the day to be exposed to sunlight, making late fall and winter great times for laser treatments and peels. While it may not feel like fall quite yet, we’re sharing three of our favorite sun damage treatments to help revitalize your skin after a long Charleston summer.

PicoSure Laser 

Sun damage reveals itself in many different forms, including an uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and melasma, resulting in patches or spots of dark pigmentation on the skin. While the specific cause of melasma is unclear, it generally appears in places that see the most sun. The effects of sun damage may vary from person to person, but if you are concerned with wrinkle reduction, or the treatment of melasma or brown spots, our PicoSure laser treatment can help. 

This laser works by breaking apart the pigmentation of the affected skin and signaling cells to create new, healthy cells. This treatment is gentle on the skin. In order to obtain the best outcome, patients may require between three and six treatments. For the best results and healing, treatments are scheduled about one month apart. If you’re interested in smoother skin with less sun damage, the change in seasons is a great time to begin your series of treatments.

SmartSkin+ CO2 Laser

Sun damage can take place anywhere that the skin is exposed to sunlight. While many of our patients choose sun damage treatments that primarily focus on the face, we also provide treatments that target other areas of the body as well. Our SmartSkin+ CO2 Laser effectively reduces wrinkles on the face and the neck, hands, arms, and chest. If years of sun damage have led to fine lines and wrinkles, the SmartSkin+ laser can deliver natural-looking effective results with minimal discomfort.

IPL Treatment

When treating sun damage, intense pulsed light technology is one of the most effective and comprehensive treatments available. Like other laser treatments, the Cynosure IPL treatment targets wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rosacea, age spots, brown spots, and other forms of sun damage. IPL technology works by using specific optimal wavelengths of light to target certain chromophores in the skin to promote a renewed, youthful appearance. No matter what skin concerns you may have, one of our experienced staff members can help you decide which sun damage treatments are most effective for you.

Schedule a Consultation

Before deciding on one of our sun damage treatments, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced aestheticians. By getting a better look at your skin, they can make personalized recommendations. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to learn more about our sun damage treatments and comprehensive services.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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