Men and women who spend their summers by the pool or at the beach trying to perfect their golden tan may regret those days spent baking under the sun's UV rays once the winter months roll around and that bronze glow disappears, leaving behind a wrinkled, spotted epidermis.
Perhaps next summer they will remember the sunblock, but in the meantime, they have a few options to obtain a refreshed complexion.
In addition to using a rich moisturizer on areas most affected by the sun, people may want to consider laser skin rejuvenation. One particular type of this procedure is the De-Lite Laser Treatment, available at Reflections Medical Spa in New Jersey, which is designed especially for the décolletage, the area of the chest that tends get the most sun exposure.
This laser skin rejuvenation process targets brown spots, discoloration resulting from sun damage and keratoses, which are benign growths. Additionally, the treatment may help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, fine lines, wrinkles and rough skin.
The procedure lasts only about 20 to 30 minutes, and requires a topical anesthetic. While patients may experience slight discomfort during the laser treatment, many report having mild to no pain afterward. No recovery time is needed following laser skin rejuvenation, but you will want to ask your medical professional about post-treatment self-care. Some patients decide to take a few days of rest following the procedure.
A pre-treatment discussion is recommended as well, which is the case with any cosmetic procedure.
"There isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for premature aging, which is why I always recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified physician," said Shelby Brantley, M.D., a Mississippi plastic surgeon.
The De-Lite Laser Treatment uses a combination of laser technology, and typically requires just one session.
Other treatments to reduce skin damage on the chest include intense pulsed light devices, under the brand names Starlux and Ellipse. These often require a few appointments to achieve optimal results, but recovery time is minimal.
The Erbium peel can also combat the effects of the sun using a laser that removes the top layer of skin, which allows a more youthful epidermis to appear.
Another option is the Sapphire Photo abrasion, which is a form of microdermabrasion that gently exfoliates the outer layer of the skin for a smoother looking surface.