Many Ways to Treat Sun Damage
Posted on 12/01/2011 on behalf of Dr. Kenrick Spence, M.D., F.A.C.S.
We all enjoy the sunshine that Florida has to offer, but with this comes a great responsibility to control the aging effects of sun on our faces.
I cannot tell you how many times patients come to Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery saying they received a laser treatment at a different day spa in Orlando, or a chemical peel, and didn't see the results they were promised. Does it mean these tools don't work? Absolutely not!
Often these treatments produced some type of change but did not address the specific problem the patient wanted fixed. In these instances, patients may have selected a particular treatment option because it fit within their budget or had a short recovery time. However important these reasons may be, choosing a procedure based solely on these criteria is not always beneficial.
Choose a treatment plan that guarantees the best results for YOU. This is based on your skin type, degree of wrinkles, amount of sun damage, etc. Select treatments that will help YOU, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Many of my patients who live in The Villages are in their 70s and play golf every day. They often have fair skin, deep wrinkles and a significant amount of sun damage. They come to Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery hoping that I can eradicate years of sun damage and wrinkles but they do not want to change their vibrant lifestyle. For these patients, fractional laser resurfacing works well. This procedure is designed to address sun damage and wrinkles, which a superficial chemical peel does not. After the skin has been treated, we show them simple ways to avoid future sun damage and how to maintain their results.
An executive who works downtown may have substantially less sun exposure but still show signs of aging. This type of patient can benefit from a very different treatment regimen. It may simply be a matter of prescribing the right skin care line or performing a series of mild chemical peels to achieve this patient's desired results.
We could go on and on about different treatments for different patients, but the general idea is that you ask yourself, "Am I getting what's right for me?"
Shop wisely. After all, it's your face!