Photodamage (Wrinkles)

Photodamage (Wrinkles)

Photodamage Treatment in Gainesville, FL

Most people have heard that regular, unprotected exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. However, they may not know the extent to which the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can damage the skin, even without developing cancer. This damage is identified as photodamage. If you want solutions to help reverse effects of photodamage, schedule an appointment with our Gainesville dermatology experts today.

What is Photodamage?

Photodamage is a form of premature aging, also called extrinsic aging. It usually occurs from long-term exposure to harmful and damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. UV radiation damages the skin’s fibers, resulting in loss of collagen and elasticity, in turn causing wrinkles and other forms of skin damage like sun spots and uneven skin texture. While aging is a normal part of growing older, the effect of photodamage can exacerbate and speed up the visible aging process in skin and can be difficult to reverse without professional services from a dermatologist in Gainesville.

Three Categories of Photodamage

While photodamage can appear differently on each person, it usually falls into one of three categories.

  • Color: Photodamage can result in discoloration of the skin, either in a large portion or small area.
  • Dermal: Dermal photodamage affects the top layers of the skin, primarily to skin fibers, destroying collagen in the process. These effects are cosmetic in nature and easily noticeable.
  • Epidermal: Epidermal photodamage affects layers deeper in the skin, and can potentially develop into cancer if left untreated.

Signs of Photodamage

Photodamage appears differently on every person. While most commonly visible on the face, photodamage can occur to all parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun for long periods of time. These are the seven of the most common signs of photodamage on the skin:

  • Visible or broken blood vessels
  • Liver spots or sun spots
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles, including deep wrinkles or the presence of many wrinkles
  • Pebbling of the skin and other changes to skin texture
  • Presence of spots and large amounts of freckles
  • Long term skin darkening

Tips for Avoiding Sun Damage to Skin

Even if an individual avoids excessive sun exposure, they can still experience photodamage from minimal daily sun exposure. These Gainesville dermatologist tips can help you ensure your skin is protected from harmful UV rays year-round.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

Most people don’t know that wearing sunscreen, even if they aren’t outside for long period of time, can be crucial for preserving youth, avoiding damage from the sun and staying protected from harmful rays. Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 35 or higher, to the face, hands and other exposed areas, every single day can help you avoid photodamage while skin is exposed to the sun.

Dress in Protective Clothing

Wear clothing that will cover the entirety of exposed arms and legs while out in the sun. In addition, opt to wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your neck, ears and face protected. Clothing companies that specialize in sun-protective clothing offer an array of options to meet your stylistic preferences and needs.

Avoid Using Tanning Beds

The cost of sporting a bronze glow from laying in tanning bed can be extreme. Tanning beds and lamps emit concentrated levels of both UVA and UVB rays, which damage your skin. Though tanning beds only require short amounts of time to tan the skin, they can significantly raise your risk of developing melanoma in addition to photoaging.

Photodamage Treatments

Experts in helping you turn back the effects of time, Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery offers a variety of state-of-the-art non-invasive photoaging treatments without dermatology surgery. 

  • Fraxel: The ultimate FDA approved laser system for skin rejuvenation, correcting pigmentation, laxity and fine lines and wrinkles.
  • SilkPeel DermalInfusion: A professional strength treatment that addresses fine lines, wrinkles, sallow skin, hyperpigmentation (dark spots, sun damage, PIH), dryness and dehydration, blemishes and rough skin texture.
  • MicroPen: A new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and color.
  • VI Peel: An effective chemical peeling system designed to improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation for firmer, more youthful skin.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for one these rejuvenating treatments today: