Ask Dr. Collins: What’s the Best Way to Reverse Sun Damage and Age Spots?
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What’s the best way to reverse sun damage and age spots?
While getting a tan this year may be on the top of your to-do list, it’s important to remember sun-tanned skin is not always healthy. Exposure to UVA/UVB rays damages your skin, causing it to sag, wrinkle and become discolored.
A laser treatment called Photodynamic Therapy can reverse the damaging effects of sun exposure. The treatment uses a photosensitizing agent called Levulan, which is activated by an exact wavelength of light. Once activated, the agent creates a formula of oxygen to kill unhealthy skin cells. The agent’s targeted precision can effectively reverse sun damage, lighten age spots and can even eliminate precancerous cells in the treatment area.
For the best results, multiple Photodynamic Therapy treatments are required. The sessions are typically scheduled about three to four weeks apart. Photodynamic Therapy does have some side effects, including peeling and swelling for two to twelve days. Patients who undergo Photodynamic Therapy should also stay out of direct sunlight for about six weeks. It takes about seven to 10 days for the darker skin to dissipate, leaving rejuvenated, healthier skin.
The only way to prevent sun damage and age spots is by frequent, daily use of sunscreen and limiting your exposure to sunlight.
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