Sun-damaged skin: how bad is it really?

sun damaged skin

Relaxing in the sun is something that many of us look forward to in summer, so how bad can it really be for your skin?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and accounts for around 15% of your total body weight. Many people pay great attention to the appearance of their skin, yet not always in a healthy way. There’s no doubt that a bronzed appearance is something which many of us long for, but what price are we paying to achieve this…?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Australia, affecting approximately two thirds of Australians by the time they are 70. Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

In 2014, 2067 people died from skin cancer in Australia, 1467 from melanoma and 600 from non-melanoma skin cancers. This result is two to three times higher than the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

Cell damage

The effects that sun-damage have on your skin largely depend on the type of UV rays and the intensity. UV can have a number of significant effects within a skin cell including the damage of DNA and in extreme cases, the death of a cell.

When the damaged cells are unable to repair themselves they can begin to mutate, causing skin cancer. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure which doesn’t result in tanning or burning can still lead to the development of skin cancer.

Repairing sun damaged skin

If your skin has experienced any sort of sun-damage short of skin cancer, there are a number of treatments which can help rejuvenate its appearance.

One of the ways to reverse the signs of sun damage at Ada Aesthetic Medicine is the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a great way to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, restore volume loss and premature ageing, all while increasing volume.

Another popular way of reducing the appearance of sun damage is Micro-dermabrasion. Micro-dermabrasion is a safe and gentle, non-invasive treatment which improves the texture and tone of the skin. This treatment also helps to stimulate the skin beneath the surface, replacing older skin with fresh, younger cells.

Sun-damaged skin treatment at Ada Aesthetic Medicine

The experienced team at Ada Aesthetic Medicine in Glebe are determined to provide each and every one of their patients with the highest quality of treatment and service. Our doctors take pride in practicing the most innovative and effective techniques and are highly experienced in dermatological treatment and aesthetics.

If you would like healthier, smoother and more radiant skin but unsure about which treatment is best suited for you, take a look at our treatment options. If you have sun-damaged skin and are looking for a specific treatment to rejuvenate your skin, book an appointment today!

Make an Enquiry

The friendly team at āda aesthetic medicine looks forward to meeting you. Contact us today at one of our clinics or enquire online.

Glebe Practice

  • Phone 02 9552 1442
  • Address 88 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
  • Opening Hours
    Monday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Tuesday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Wednesday10:00am to 6:00pm
    Thursday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Friday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Saturday9:30am to 3:30pm

Our Glebe practice is easily accessible by train and bus. There is metered street parking available.

Wollongong Consult Room

  • Phone 1300 651 149
  • Address 332 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Dr Peter Muzikants only travels to Wollongong twice a month and takes consultations there on Thursdays. If you'd like to request a consultation in Wollongong, please ensure you select the right location when enquiring.