The ultraviolet light from the sun, pollution, and genetics and lifestyle factors can change the skin and cause dark spots, wrinkles and other problems. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats sun damage on men and women living all over the world.
What is Sun Damaged Skin?
The most common type of skin damage is caused by ultraviolet light that is emitted by the sun (UVA and UVB rays) and other light-based sources. Sun damage is a common term that is used to describe a structural change within the skin cells. The cells are less likely to die off as normal cells do, and instead, continue to grow and multiply. Eventually, these cells may form cancerous growths. Another way that ultraviolet light damages cells is by increasing free radicals that damage the cell membrane and DNA.
Signs of sun damaged skin include:
- Pre-cancerous lesions and growths
- Dark or white spots on the skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Red areas
- Bruising easily
- Dry skin
How is Sun Damaged Skin Treated with Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation removes the damaged skin and stimulates the growth of new, healthy cells. These new cells have a smoother texture and appearance, thus diminishing brown spots, fine lines , wrinkles and other types of skin problems that developed as a result of overexposure to the sun.