Sun Damage Specialist

Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton

Dermatology located in Brighton, MA, Mashpee, MA & Needham, MA

Sun damage can cause premature aging in your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. If you have wrinkles, sun spots, or other signs of sun damage, you can find help at Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton in Needham, Mashpee, and Brighton, Massachusetts. Mark Amster, MD, and the team offer comprehensive skin evaluations to assess sun damage in your skin. They also offer customized treatment plans to improve your skin’s health and prevent complications like skin cancer. To learn more about treating sun damage, call the Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Sun Damage Q & A

What are the effects of sun damage on the skin?

Any time you spend in the sun can have an impact on your skin, especially if you’re not using a high-quality sunscreen.

Your skin absorbs the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun or from tanning beds. Over time, the UV rays can cause damage to your skin that becomes more visible over time and might make you look older than your age.

Common signs of sun damage include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Sun spots or freckles
  • Loose skin
  • Changes in your skin’s texture and tone

You might also develop noticeable spider veins, small blue or purple veins that show through the surface layer of your skin.

As sun damage in your skin worsens, you might develop a condition known as actinic keratosis that results in dry, scaly patches of skin. This condition increases your risk for skin cancer.

How is skin sun damage treated?

The providers at Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton offer comprehensive skin evaluations to assess the sun damage in your skin.

They also customize a treatment plan that focuses on improving the health of your skin and restoring its youthful vibrancy. Some of the available treatment options for sun-damaged skin include:

Topical supplements

Topical supplements like glycosaminoglycans help improve the structure and elasticity of your skin. Glycosaminoglycans are substances your body produces naturally, and when you apply them topically to your skin, it can slow down the premature aging process to prevent wrinkles.

Botox® injections

Botox injections are available to address the deep-set wrinkles on your forehead, between your brows, and around your eyes (crow’s feet) that age you.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers contain substances like hyaluronic acid to plump your skin, smooth out wrinkles, and restore areas of lost volume. 

A selection of popular fillers, including Radiesse®, Belotero®, and Juvéderm®, is available to make your skin look and feel younger.

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure to treat sun-damaged skin conditions, including wrinkles and sun spots. 

The laser energy moves into your skin to stimulate an increase in the production of collagen, an essential protein necessary for healthy skin, to tighten loose skin and improve its color and texture.


Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat spider veins. This treatment involves injecting a chemical solution into a damaged vein to seal it off and make it collapse. 

Your body absorbs the treated vein naturally, and you can no longer see the vein through your skin. 

How can I prevent sun damage?

Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton works with you to reduce your risk for sun damage complications. Your provider can recommend a high-quality sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you're outdoors. You should also avoid peak sun hours or seek shade whenever possible.

They also recommend scheduling routine skin checks to identify changes in your skin that could lead to skin cancer. The earlier you begin treating skin cancer, the more successful your treatment.

If you want to reverse the signs of sun damage in your skin, schedule a consultation online or by calling Integrated Dermatology of Newton-Brighton today.