Sun damage is a broad term that includes the development of benign and cancerous changes.
Benign / harmless but still undesirable changes would include increased vascularity, pigmentation, wrinkling and sunspots/ actinic keratoses.
Cancerous changes include the development of skin cancers such as Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.
Vessel changes can be treated with the use of cosmetics or laser.
We at Sunshine Dermatology believe "we have the best vascular laser in Queensland". Our laser is powerful enough to treat vascular birth marks; something that other machines are not powerful enough to do or claim. Our attitude is "If it can treat birth marks it can treat the rest".
We use the laser for treatment of swollen blood vessels, telangiectasia, vascular birth marks, spider nevi, poikiloderma of civatte, rosacea, etc .....
Vessel changes can be hidden by cosmetic agents such as Clinique products, and others
Increased pigmentation can be difficult to treat, but methods we use include creams, peel, lasers.
Sun spots / actinic keratoses
Actinic keratoses are most often treated with creams but sometimes are removed with cryotherapy / freezing or surgical methods.
Recent advances have seen some 50% of presenting skin cancers being treated with creams. Alternatives include the use of cryotherapy/freezing and surgical methods.