Our Top 3 Picks for Undoing Summer’s Damage (Updated 2023)

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If your skin is suffering the effects of a summer spent outdoors, this post is for you. Multiply a few weeks of sunshine by a lifetime’s worth of summers, and you’ve got a recipe for chronic damage that won’t be helped much by drugstore remedies. Reducing previous sun damage requires clinical intervention. At Cosmedica, our selection of clinical skincare products, BBL, and laser treatments help Burlington-area patients bring out their skin’s best. Let’s take a look at each of these skin rejuvenation options.

Customized ZO® Skincare Program

Developed by leading dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO skincare products are among the best in the world. We carry an array of products from this trusted brand, and both our nurse manager and Dr. Weiglein are skilled at evaluating your skin and recommending a regimen that can help you achieve your goals. Together, we’ll choose a product to help you tackle a specific concern, or we’ll develop a completely new skincare regimen to take the place of your current routine. ZO products can create amazing results on their own or complement clinical treatments provided here in our office.

Before & After Dr. Obagi ZO Medical Grade Skin Care Case 58 View #1 View in Burlington & Oakville, Ontario
Before & After ZO Medical Grade Skincare

Broadband Light (BBL)

BBL is a popular treatment that uses light energy to break apart areas of hyperpigmentation. The treatment scatters the skin’s pigment and fades freckles and other types of discoloration. The specific BBL device we offer also uses thermoelectric cooling to keep your skin comfortable as your provider performs the treatment.

Typically more gentle than a laser treatment, BBL is ideal for restoring a clear, even skin tone, as we discuss in this related blog post. In addition to treating discoloration, BBL is a viable option for reducing acne scars and fine lines. Additionally, the treatment can improve skin’s texture. Many patients concerned with sun damage say the textural changes in their skin is just as concerning as other aesthetic issues.

Each BBL session is fully customized depending on each patient’s specific needs.

Before & After Broadband Light (BBL) Case 108 Front View in Burlington & Oakville, Ontario
Before & After BBL for Sun Damage

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Available in both ablative and non-ablative versions, laser skin resurfacing is the best option for skin that’s severely sun-damaged. Although more significant laser resurfacing treatments can require a bit of downtime, there’s simply no better choice for deeply improving skin’s texture and tone. Certain lasers can even eliminate a precancerous condition called actinic keratosis.

If you’re considering laser resurfacing, it’s vitally important to choose a provider who is skilled with this type of device. During your initial consultation, we’ll closely evaluate your skin and discuss the type of results you want to see. We’ll also determine if you’ll require multiple treatments to maximize your results.

Before & After Ablative & Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing Case 103 Right Side View in Burlington & Oakville, Ontario
Before & After Laser Skin Resurfacing for Sun Damage

In some cases, a combination of skin treatments is the best course of action. Your skin is unique, and your treatment for sun damage should be, too. Let’s work together to determine if your skin needs specialized products, BBL, or laser skin treatments!

If you’re in the Hamilton, Niagara Falls, or St. Catharines area, we’re here to help. To find out more, request a consultation online or call our office at (905) 631-6288.

Sun Damage FAQs

What does summer skin damage look like?

Summer skin damage refers to the visible signs of skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure. This damage may include fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone, and a loss of skin elasticity. It can also lead to the formation of sunspots, also known as solar lentigines, which are small, dark patches on the skin.

How can I prevent sun damage in the first place?

Prevention is crucial in protecting your skin from sun damage. To minimize the risk of sun damage, follow these tips:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, even on cloudy days.
  • Seek shade during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm) when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts, when outdoors.
  • Use sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds and prolonged sun exposure to reduce cumulative damage.

Can sun damage be fully reversed?

Complete reversal of cosmetic sun damage may not be possible, especially for severe or long-term damage. However, with the right treatments and diligent sun protection, you can significantly improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. It’s essential to adopt a consistent skincare routine, protect your skin from further sun exposure, and regularly consult with a skincare specialist to address any concerns and choose the most suitable treatments for your skin type and condition.

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