Being out in the warm sunshine feels good and brings happiness to a lot of people. As much as we may enjoy basking in its warm rays, the sun is one of our skin’s worst enemies. Sun damage, also known as photodamage, can cause premature aging, sun spots, dark spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, Melasma, and skin cancer. In fact, 80-90 % of our skin aging is caused by sun exposure. While this may make you want to avoid the sun, there are steps that you can take to minimize its harmful effects and maintain beautiful, youthful-looking skin.
Understanding that the most important skincare treatment starts before you even walk in our doors is key – Sunscreen! Regardless of the amazing treatments you may receive here, you should never go in the sun unprotected. Prevention of damage by using the correct type of sunscreen every day is the first step to healthier skin. The best sunscreen is a mineral-based broad-spectrum, water-resistant, 30 SPF or higher sunscreen. Our medical providers recommend using EltaMD® products, as they are medical grade sunscreens. Ask our staff which one is right for you!
There are a variety of sunspot and sun damage treatments available at Elysium Skin & Laser depending on your skin's current condition. During a consultation, we will assess your skin and individualize a plan to help repair, rejuvenate, and protect it from further damage. For more severe sun damage, the eTwo® Sublative™ and Microneedling with PRP treatments may be the best options for you. These treatments focus on the sun-damaged areas and promote the skin to repair itself by forming new, healthy skin containing collagen and elastin fibers. For removing dark spots on the face, chest, arms, hands, or legs, the GentleMax Pro® laser is a great choice. With this laser, we can treat any size area for discoloration, melasma, redness, and freckles.
Treatment options will vary and depend on your skin type, ethnicity, and skin condition. We understand the importance of treating darker-toned skin with more caution, as the selection of an incorrect treatment can make some pigment issues worse.