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Photo-aging or Photo-damage refers to skin damage caused from UV light exposure – sunlight and tanning booths. Both UV rays (UVA & UVB) are now considered responsible for the damaging effects caused to skin and tissue.

Most of us know about the connection between sun exposure and skin cancer, but many don’t know just how much of an effect the sun can have on prematurely aging our skin.

For example, the cumulative effect of sun exposure can lead to changes in the skin texture such as a rough feel and appearance. This textural change is also associated with fine lines and wrinkles.

Facial redness is a result of superficial vascularity (blood vessels) that arise close to the surface of the skin as a result of sun damage. Diffuse facial redness or visible spider veins are often first noticed in the fourth decade of life.

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Sun spots, liver spots, age spots, freckles, and solar lentigines all refer to brown discoloration found on the face, arms, hands, and chest. This is a result of an increase in melanocytes – cells that hold color or pigment…a direct result of sun damage.

Besides the above obvious signs and symptoms, most patients notice an overall sallowness of their skin. The skin does not look fresh or vibrant, there is an increase in skin laxity. Usually, over the counter products do little to provide improvement.

Class IV medical/cosmetic lasers offer many benefits in treating all of these conditions as well as reversing the signs of photo-damage and premature aging of the skin. Although laser treatments are proven effective, preventative measures are invaluable. When protecting the face with sunscreen, don’t forget the hands and chest.


Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C
Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

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