Sun Damage

Too much sun can be very dangerous. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause major damage to your skin and even result in skin cancer. If your skin is suffering the effects of sun damage, we do have treatments to help.

What Is Sun Damage?

This is how we describe a type of premature aging of the skin that causes fine lines, wrinkles, brown sun spots, extra blood vessels, thinning of the skin, and precancerous as well as cancerous growths. There are two types of UV rays that can cause this issue: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the “silent wrinkler” – they don’t cause a tan, burn or create any immediate reaction but they penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB, damaging DNA and causing premature aging.

Woman's face with sun damage

How Can I Protect Myself?

The best way to protect yourself is prevention. Dr. Wechsler recommends wearing sunscreen that is broad spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB) and has an SPF of 30-50, regardless of the weather. Sunscreen will need to be reapplied regularly to ensure optimal protection. Your lips can also sustain damage from the sun and sunscreen should be applied to them as well. Sun protective clothing, seeking shade, UVA films for car and home windows, wearing hats and sunglasses are all additional and important ways to protect your skin from the sun.  

How Is Sun Damage Treated?

We are able to treat sun damage, including actinic keratoses, using a variety of modalities. These include laser treatments, photo dynamic therapy, chemical peels, and prescription creams.

What Can I Expect From the Results?

Over time, you can expect a significant reduction in the appearance of your sun damage, with reduced appearance of wrinkles and diminished actinic keratosis.* Your results may depend upon the degree of your condition, the type of treatment you choose and the number of treatments you have performed, but we have many satisfied patients who swear by our treatments.


Sun Damage Treatment in NYC

We treat a full range of skin conditions and address your overall well-being. If you would feel better by restoring your sun-damaged skin, Dr. Amy Wechsler will take a comprehensive and individualized approach to treat your concerns. To schedule a consultation, contact us at 212-396-2500 or via email at

* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


We're happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to call us at
(804) 775-4559