Top Three Procedures to Repair Sun Damage

Now that the summer days are waning, you may notice the toll the sun has taken on your skin in the form of more freckles and fine lines, uneven skin tone or rough skin texture. Fortunately, Umansky Plastic Surgery can help all La Jolla and San Diego residents. We offer several treatments designed to repair sun damage and rejuvenate your skin to a healthy glow – whether you have mild or severe damage, we have the solution for you.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) delivers light to deeper layers of skin (the dermis). IPL is released like a photo flash, dispersing light in a scattered fashion. Areas of unwanted coloration, such as age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation, absorb the light energy and convert it to heat. The heat disrupts the pigmented cells, effectively eliminating them. This makes IPL an excellent choice for the treatment of sun damage. It can be used on any area of the body that shows signs of overexposure to the sun – particularly the face, hands and chest. For optimal results, Dr. Umansky typically recommends three IPL treatments, spaced six weeks apart. Typical side effects include mild redness and swelling – symptoms that usually subside within one week.

IPL is non-ablative, meaning it doesn’t harm or remove the top layer of skin. Thus, you can expect radiant results with very little pain or downtime. IPL is an excellent choice to resurface the skin because it:

  • Reduces or eliminates the appearance of sun spots, age spots and freckles caused by sun damage
  • Evens out pigment irregularities
  • Repairs visible, small blood vessels
  • Reduces pore size
  • Treats acne problems
  • Reduces redness
  • Treats rosacea
  • Improves skin texture
  • Diminishes the appearance of scars


At Umansky Plastic Surgery, we offer several facial peels and treatments to La Jolla and San Diego patients, that effectively treat sun damage. In addition, all have additional, unique skin benefits. Depending on your specific skin care needs, we will work with you to discover the treatment that will deliver the results you desire.

Ultra Peel I® & II® – Ultra Peel I® & II® are friendly to all skin types and conditions. In addition to repairing sun damage, they improve pigmentation concerns and acne. Skin may flake two to four days after your treatment.

Sensi Peel® – The Sensi Peel® brightens, hydrates and calms all skin types and conditions. This peel erases sun damage and hyperpigmentation while giving skin a youthful glow. Skin in the treatment area may flake after this treatment.

Pumpkin Peel – The Pumpkin Peel contains salicylic acid that penetrates tough, sun-damaged skin and purifies pores to improve the texture and appearance of your complexion. This treatment is a stimulating facial and may cause mild stinging and redness.

Firming and Rejuvenating Treatments – These treatments pamper all skin types. They give skin a healthy, refreshed glow by firming and hydrating the skin.

Oxygenating Treatments – Oxygenating treatments can rescue dull and lackluster skin caused by sun damage, improper diet, medications, smoking and aging. They are also effective at treating clogged pores and acne-prone skin. Oxygenating treatments stimulate the skin and may cause slight redness after treatment.

Detox Deep Pore Treatments – These deep pore treatments detox and purify skin. Salicylic, glycolic and L-lactic acids combine to deep-clean pores, remove impurities and hydrate skin, leaving behind a clear complexion and smoother skin. Because this is a stimulating peel, you may experience temporary tingling and redness.

Clarifying Mask – Clarifying mask treatments are an effective treatment for sensitive skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and rosacea. Salicylic acid clears pores and alleviates acne, leaving skin smooth and glowing.

Icon Laser

The Icon Laser is a non-invasive, non-ablative procedure that uses heat to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. Increased collagen and elastin tighten and firm skin while improving tone and texture. The Icon Laser resurfaces skin, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and reveals a smoother, younger-looking complexion.

The Icon Laser is suitable for all skin types and skin tones and helps improve the appearance of the skin because it:

  • Erases age spots
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines
  • Restores even skin tone
  • Smooths out rough skin texture
  • Improves the appearance of scars, stretch marks, acne scars or burns

The Icon Laser works on the deeper levels of the skin, leaving the top layer of skin untouched, which translates into fewer side effects and faster healing. Common side effects include mild flaking, swelling and redness at the treatment site; however, these symptoms are usually mild and can be covered by makeup. For optimal results, most patients should have three treatments, spaced every four to six weeks.

If you are ready to erase sun damage and get your glow on for the upcoming holiday months, Umansky Plastic Surgery can help. Call us today at 858-281-4560 and schedule a consultation.