Sun Spot & Sun Damage Treatment in the Florida Keys
What is sun damage?
Sun damage, also known as photodamage, occurs when areas of the skin have been damaged due to overexposure to the harmful rays produced by the sun. Sun damage often results in uneven pigmentation, sun spots, and other cosmetic blemishes on the skin’s surface. However, in more serious cases, sun damage can lead to skin cancer. Depending on the symptoms and extent of your sun damage, there are different possible treatments that our team of experienced dermatologists can recommend.
What causes sun damage?
Sun damage is caused by overexposure to the sun’s powerful rays. These rays are what cause sunburn and tanning in the short-term, but may have more permanent effects, like wrinkles and sun spots, in the long-term. Some of the factors that can increase a person’s chances of suffering from sun damage include:
- Not wearing sunblock
- Not wearing protective clothing to block sunlight
- Long periods of sun exposure
- Experiencing sunburn
- Having fair or light skin
- Genetic predisposition
- Having certain skin diseases
- Taking certain medications
What are the symptoms of sun damage?
If you experience any of the below symptoms of photodamage to your skin, it’s important to speak with a board-certified dermatologist. At Pruett Dermatology, we can evaluate the severity of your skin damage during a thorough evaluation and recommend treatment options to help reverse sun damage effects and prevent future problems. Symptoms of sun damage may include one or more of the following:
- Premature skin aging
- Sun spots / age spots
- Lip lines
- Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Discoloration in patches of skin (melasma)
- Skin pigment changes
- Rough texture of skin
How is sun damage diagnosed?
At Pruett Dermatology, we take a personalized approach to understanding you and the health of your skin. During an initial consultation, we will listen to all of your skin concerns and medical background, answer your questions about skin damage, and if needed, provide you with diagnostic skin tests that can determine whether your skin has suffered sun damage.
We will likely also recommend undergoing a complete skin cancer exam to make sure that your skin is cancer-free and appears normal. Because sun damage can lead to skin cancer over time, it’s important to take this preventative step so we can identify and treat signs of skin cancer at its earliest stages.
Where can I find a doctor for sun spot removal and sun damage treatment?
At Pruett Dermatology, we offer an extensive range of treatment options to reverse sun damage and repair sun damaged skin. Some of the most common treatments for sun damage, such as wrinkles and age marks, include the following:
- Prescription creams or serums
- Chemical peels
- Laser therapy
Additionally, our team members work with every patient to prevent and treat cancer caused by sun damage. We offer the least invasive surgical skin cancer procedures, including Mohs surgery and cryosurgery.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sun damage, visit Pruett Dermatology. Dr. Pruett is an experienced, board-certified skin doctor and dermatologic surgeon who has been serving the Florida Keys community for over 25 years. At Pruett Dermatology, we treat a wide variety of skin problems and care for every individual patient with a personal touch. Visit our warm and welcoming office today or schedule an appointment by calling 305.664.8828 or fill out the form on this page.