How to Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

Sun exposure over your lifetime can account for up to 90% of skin aging. Damaging ultraviolet rays result in specific hallmarks of UV damage including wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, and a dull overall skin appearance.

Treating sun damage can reverse many signs of aging while additional lowering your risk of skin cancer. As a Board Certified dermatologist, Dr. Tina West is an expert in minimally invasive treatments to help reverse sun damage. Patients turn to Dr. West to address sun damage that has already occurred and to protect the skin from future harm.

Laser Resurfacing for Sun Damage

Laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective option for treating sun-damaged skin. Resurfacing lasers work to improve skin health and quality by creating, inducing controlled wounding in the dermis, the layer beneath the surface, that stimulates the skin to rebuild and regenerate from within. As new collagen is produced, the skin appears smoother, brighter, and more even in tone and is additionally healthier with a reduced risk of skin cancer.

The West Institute offers multiple state of the art resurfacing lasers. Dr. West has been on the cutting edge of dermatologic laser surgery for over 20 years, having published some of the earliest studies on cutaneous lasers in the international medical literature. At the West Institute, we offer comprehensive laser options to provide our patients with the most effective and advanced options for skin restoration in Chevy Chase, MD. Dr. West works closely with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan that will provide the most overall benefit.

Dr. West may recommend treatment with one or more of the following lasers.

  • Clear + Brilliant(R): The Clear + Brilliant laser provides skin resurfacing with the least possible downtime. This treatment reverses and helps prevent sun damage. Dr. West often recommends Clear + Brilliant for patients in their 20s and 30s for preventing some of the changes associated with aging and to build collagen. Clear + Brilliant laser resurfacing is also ideal for maintaining results following treatment with the somewhat more aggressive Fraxel (R) laser.
  • Fraxel Dual: The Fraxel Dual laser simultaneously targets superficial and deeper layers of skin. Fraxel laser treatment represents a gold standard technology for reversing sun damage and has been approved by the FDA as a treatment that reverses pre-cancers. In addition, Fraxel laser resurfacing is one of the most effective treatments for scars, including acne scars.
  • AcuPulse: The AcuPulse fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is ideal for reversing advanced aging changes (deep wrinkles, skin laxity and blotchiness) as well as tightening the delicate skin below the eyes that can become thin and finely wrinkled over time. Dr. West co-authored the first article in the medical literature on the use of carbon dioxide lasers for the treatment of acne scars early in her career and continues to utilize this advanced technology frequently in her practice. Each laser has unique benefits, which Dr. West will explore with you during your consultation.

Repair Sun-Damaged Skin at The West Institute

If you have sun-damaged skin, precancers, wrinkles and blotchiness; or scars from trauma, surgery or acne, laser resurfacing may be an effective treatment option for you. Contact Dr. West at The West Institute to explore treatment options for reversing sun damage. Call us at (301) 986-9378 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation at our Chevy Chase, MD, location.