Will I Ever Have Clear Skin Again After Sun Damage?

By: Dr. Hyemin Pomerantz


As we approach summer and the sun comes out in full force, it's important to be mindful of the long-term effects that ultraviolet (UV) radiation can have on our skin. Sun damage is a serious issue and one that is difficult to manage at home. VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics now offers laser skin resurfacing to individuals who want healthy, clear skin in Needham, Waltham and Wellesley, MA.

Recent advancements in laser technology make sun-damaged skin a thing of the past. Below, Dr. Hyemin Pomerantz provides information about skin resurfacing and what to expect during treatment.

How does sun damage impact our skin?

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes premature aging of the skin. This includes brown spots that make our complexions appear uneven. Prolonged exposure to UV rays may also increase our risk of serious issues, like skin cancer.

In addition to sun exposure, people also use tanning beds as a way to get a sun-kissed look. However, this is never healthy for your skin. Tanning beds emit high levels of UV radiation and cause the same kind of damage as natural sunlight.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Over-the-counter treatments and home remedies do improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin to some extent, but these solutions are not always effective. Those who want a more dramatic transformation should look into laser skin resurfacing.

VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics uses concentrated beams of light to complete laser treatment in Wellesley, MA. Skin resurfacing works by carefully removing the top layer of damaged tissue, revealing healthier and more even-toned skin underneath. The laser also stimulates collagen production, an essential protein that helps keep skin firm and elastic long-term.

Is laser skin resurfacing right for me?

Laser treatment may be a good option if you are unhappy with the way sun damage has affected your appearance. Brown spots and age spots may cause feelings of self-consciousness, but our treatment is designed to target specific concerns and help give you the confidence to show your skin again.

Skin resurfacing is also ideal for individuals who have not seen results from topical creams. VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics can design a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve clear skin.

What happens during laser treatment?

Laser skin resurfacing is performed as a simple outpatient procedure at VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics. The length of your session depends on the size of the area and the severity of your sun damage. Dr. Pomerantz begins by cleansing the treatment area to remove excess oils, then moving the laser device over your skin. You may feel a warm sensation as the laser treatment is performed.

What results to expect from skin resurfacing

Many patients have clear skin after one laser treatment. However, you may need multiple sessions based on your skin type and goals. Additionally, it's important to remember that laser skin resurfacing will not remove all signs of sun damage. It can, however, dramatically improve your complexion and give you a more youthful look.

Get clearer skin with laser treatment

Brown spots and age spots caused by sun damage can make you look older than you feel. Clear skin is possible with laser skin resurfacing from VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics. If you have sun-damaged skin and want to learn about this innovative treatment option, call to meet with Dr. Hyemin Pomerantz in Wellesley, MA. We can help you achieve healthy and beautiful skin.