Sun Damage Specialist

Refresh Rx Hawaii

Eugene M.C. Lee, MD

Internal Medicine & Sculpsure and Tempsure Specialist located in Honolulu, HI

Sun damage is a leading cause of premature skin aging, and it increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Eugene M.C. Lee, MD and the medical team at Refresh Rx Hawaii use revolutionary aesthetic treatments like the PicoSure® laser to reduce sun damage, and help patients at their Honolulu, Hawaii practice enjoy healthier, more attractive skin at every age.

Sun Damage Q&A

BannerWhich type of skin damage does the sun cause?

Too much sun exposure significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer, including life-threatening melanoma. UV (ultraviolet) radiation from the sun can lead to changes in cellular DNA that can cause cancer. In addition to an increased risk of skin cancer, sun exposure can lead to:

  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Changes in the skin's texture
  • Development of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Areas of hyperpigmentation like sunspots

In fact, sun damage is a leading cause of facial wrinkles, responsible for as much as 80% of age-related skin changes. Tanning beds and tanning lamps emit similar UV radiation and can cause similar types of skin damage as the sun's natural rays.

How can I prevent sun damage?

One of the best ways to prevent sun damage, including skin cancer, is to wear sunscreen every day. UV radiation is emitted by the sun year round regardless of how hot or cold it is outside, and can even penetrate clouds. Avoiding outdoor activities between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest also helps prevent sun damage.

Can sun damage be reversed?

While some sun damage is permanent, innovative skin treatments reverse skin damage caused by UV exposure. Chemical and laser peels or microdermabrasion can help:

  • Remove the upper layer of damaged skin
  • Promote growth and development of new healthy skin
  • Reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Improvs the appearance of sunspots

Medications containing retinoids can also promote collagen development so skin feels firmer, and regular use may reduce or eliminate the appearance of sunspots.

How does the PicoSure laser treatment reverse sun damage?

The revolutionary PicoSure® laser helps treat and reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin by improving:

  • Benign pigmented skin lesions
  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Sunspots

The PicoSure laser can even reduce the appearance of tattoos.

The unique PicoSure laser technology revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of sunspots in just two or three sessions with little to no downtime. The PicoSure laser gently heats and creates photochemical reactions within the skin, increasing collagen and elastin production to achieve younger-looking, more evenly-toned skin.

To keep skin looking its best and prevent long-term sun damage, make an appointment with the aesthetic medical team at Refresh Rx Hawaii today. Call the office to speak to our compassionate, experienced team or use the online scheduling tool to learn if PicoSure is right for you.