Over a lifetime, exposure to the sun can age and discolor your skin. Beyond the cosmetic effects, overexposure can also put you at risk for more serious concerns, such as skin cancer.
As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Lenore Sikorski offers services that improve both the appearance and the health of the skin. Orange County patients begin with an initial consultation about sun damage treatment. At our practice in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area, Dr. Sikorski will:
- Conduct a comprehensive examination to identify problem areas.
- Advise a course of action based on your needs.
- Explain her recommendations so that you can make an informed decision about treatment.
The approach Dr. Sikorski advises will depend on the nature of your skin condition and the goals you would like to achieve. As a patient, you can expect attentive treatment from an experienced doctor with expertise in both the aesthetic and medical aspects of skin concerns.
Conditions That May Require Sun Damage Treatment
Mission Viejo and Orange County patients may benefit from care with our practice if they notice one of the following:
Your skin responds to overexposure to sunlight by increasing its production of melanin. This dark brown pigment is what gives your skin a tan appearance. However, melanin production may not always be even, and your skin can take on irregular coloring as a result.
Solar lentigines, also known as liver spots or age spots, are areas of increased pigmentation. These spots are different from freckles, which are smaller and colored red or light brown. Usually, older patients in Mission Viejo and Orange County seek sun damage treatment for solar lentigines, but these blemishes can also occur in younger people due to extensive exposure.
Sun damage can cause deep wrinkles, creases, and sagging over time by breaking down the connective tissue in the deep layers of the skin.
A combination of factors can cause the skin of your face to take on a dark brown color, including sun exposure and an increase in female hormones. If you are out in the sun often and take oral contraceptives, receive hormone therapy, or are pregnant, you may notice these changes.
Frequent sun damage and the use of certain sun-sensitive chemicals, such as perfume, can cause reddish-brown pigmentation to develop. Most often, poikiloderma appears on the neck or cheeks.
These scaly growths may appear the same color as the skin or slightly darker / lighter. If patients with actinic keratosis do not receive sun damage treatment, the lesions may progress to skin cancer.
Melanoma / Lentigo Maligna
Melanoma, or skin cancer, may appear as a small growth or as a sore that bleeds, heals, and then reopens. Lentigo maligna is one form of melanoma that develops in areas of long-term sun exposure. It begins as a flat, dark spot and darkens and grows over time. If you notice that an existing mole has changed in appearance or that an irregularly-shaped, colored, or textured mole has developed, consider scheduling an appointment with our practice.
Your Experience with Sun Damage Treatment
Natural Image OC offers a variety of approaches to sun damage treatment for Mission Viejo and OC patients. The following is an overview of some of the solutions Dr. Sikorski and our practice provide.
- PhotoDerm (IPL Photofacial). Dr. Sikorski uses pulsed light to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration on the skin’s surface.
- Fraxel® (1550 Wavelength). This fractional laser can address skin roughness, discoloration, and actinic keratosis, while also treating acne scars and fine wrinkles.
- Ultrapulse & MiXto. Fractionated CO2 lasers, both Ultrapulse and MiXto lasers can be used on many skin types for various forms of sun damage and generally require a single treatment. They are also excellent solutions for treating wrinkles, shaving years off your appearance.
- Smoothbeam. A laser treatment for Mission Viejo and Orange County patients, Smoothbeam is used for acne and oil glands.
- Chemical peels. Our practice can use a range of peels with varying levels of intensity. This allows us to treat sun damage effectively and non-invasively.
- Actinic keratosis peel. Dr. Sikorski may recommend this treatment for pre-cancerous skin growths to protect patients against future health concerns.
- Sciton® Erbium Laser. Dr. Sikorski refers to this sun damage treatment as the “ultimate skin resurfacer.”
- Omnilux Revive™. This LED light treatment offers general skin improvement and accelerates healing after laser therapies.
- Photo Dynamic Therapy. Treatments with PDT use special lights to eliminate deep-level sun damage and actinic lesions.
- Thulium (1927). A fractioned laser treatment for sun damage with limited downtime. Our Thulium laser is also FDA approved for pre-cancer and from discoloration. Dr. Sikorski calls it her “glow laser”, since it helps the skin glow while creating a beautiful, natural looking skin appearance.
- ScarFX. A treatment to help reduce the appearance of scars.
In addition to the broad range of technologies that Natural Image OC provides, patients benefit from Dr. Sikorski’s experience and cross-functional expertise in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in sun damage treatment with our practice in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area, we invite you to get in touch.
Your Consultation Visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our Mission Viejo and OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Natural Image OC, contact our office in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area online or by phone at (949) 448-0487.