Photo-aging (Sun-damage) can occur on skin which is frequently exposed to sun.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight has many effects on the skin causing premature aging:
Uneven colouration - sun-spots, freckles, broken veins
Loss of collagen - lines and wrinkles; loss of elasticity; skin that looks thin and "crepey"
Aging of the epidermal (superficial) cell layer - coarse, lack-lustre skin; dry skin due to a reduced moisture-retaining ability; increased risk of skin cancer
Procedures useful for restoring sun-damaged skin:
Ablative and non-ablative Fractional Lasers - "micro-punching" out sun-damaged skin for the renewal of skin
AHA (Glycolic) treatments - repair the epidermal layer for smoother and firmer skin
Laser PhotoRejuventation - most effective for improving uneven coloration; encourages collagen formation
Restylane Vital™ HydroRejuvenation - increases the water content inside the skin; stimulates collagen production; improves lustre and suppleness of skin
Thermage - improves the elasticity and firmness of the skin
As no amount of treatment can totally undo the damage done by previous sun-exposure, the best way is prevention by consistent practice of sun-protection, the regular use of a good sunscreen being an essential part.