Treating Sun Damage

Sun damage, or photoaging, is a factor that has significant health consequences for our skin. It is different from chronological aging, which occurs naturally with time. While chronological aging affects everyone, photoaging can be prevented or minimized by adopting sun protection measures such as wearing sunscreen, and protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure, especially during peak hours.

Many patients have a strong desire to address sun-damaged skin with professional help. Through a combination of advanced non-surgical treatments and personalized skincare regimens, we can effectively combat the effects of photoaging. From laser therapies and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques to dermal fillers and Botox injections, our range of services is designed to rejuvenate your skin and restore its natural radiance.

At Wunderbar Medspa, we provide comprehensive, individualized photoaging treatment. If you’re ready to improve your sun-damaged skin and achieve a more youthful-looking complexion, schedule a consultation at our Mountain View, Carmel by the Sea, or San Jose office. Contact our experts to learn more about how we can help you reach your aesthetic goals.

UV’s Effects on Skin

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most harmful external factor for skin health. (1) When our skin is exposed to UV radiation, it triggers a series of biological responses that result in the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins responsible for maintaining the firmness and elasticity of our skin. As a result, the skin becomes thinner, loses its natural elasticity, and develops wrinkles and fine lines.

Furthermore, excessive sun exposure can cause the development of age spots, also known as sunspots or liver spots. These dark patches appear on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun for extended periods, such as the face, decolletage, hands, and shoulders. Age spots can make the skin appear uneven and contribute to an aged appearance.

The effects of photoaging are not limited to just the surface of the skin. They can also impact the deeper layers, leading to a loss of moisture and hydration, further exacerbating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin may become thin and fragile, making it more susceptible to bruising and injury.

Can Premature Aging Caused by Sun Exposure be Reversed?

While it is not possible to reverse the aging process entirely, several treatments can help minimize the signs of premature aging caused by sun exposure. These may include laser resurfacing procedures to improve skin texture and tone, injectable fillers to restore lost volume, and skincare regimens that incorporate retinoids, antioxidants, and sunscreen. It is crucial to protect the skin from further damage by practicing proper sun protection habits, such as wearing sunscreen daily and seeking shade during peak sun hours.

Laser Treatments

Laser and light-based skin rejuvenation techniques target multiple signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation issues, and age spots, to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. 

  • Non-Ablative Lasers – Non-ablative lasers penetrate the skin without damaging the surface, stimulating collagen production and improving skin tone and texture, making them an excellent option for individuals with milder sun damage. 
  • Ablative Lasers – Ablative Lasers cause controlled damage to the skin, promoting tissue remodeling and enhanced skin rejuvenation. Ablative treatments are frequently used in the treatment of more severe photoaging.


As part of our Nordlys laser system, the Ellipse handpiece is for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. IPL therapy targets areas of hyperpigmentation such as freckles and dark spots caused by sun damage, using pulses of light to break down excess melanin and promote a more balanced skin tone.

Fractional Laser

Frax 1550 and Frax 1940 are fractional laser handpieces on the Nordlys platform. This innovative technique delivers laser energy in a fractionated pattern, effectively treating specific areas of sun damage while leaving surrounding healthy skin intact for faster healing and minimal downtime.

Nd: YAG 1064 Laser

The Nd: YAG laser works by emitting high-energy light beams that specifically target melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and discoloration. This laser energy breaks up excess pigment, treating age spots, facial redness, and discoloration. While there is usually more downtime compared to non-ablative laser treatments, patients can achieve effective results in fewer sessions. (2)

Hybrid Fractional Laser

Sciton ProFractional is an innovative skin resurfacing treatment that combines the benefits of both ablative and non-ablative lasers, making it highly effective for photoaged skin. It is suitable for uneven tone, uneven texture, age spots, and wrinkles.

Picosecond Laser

Picosecond lasers effectively treat skin pigmentation issues. One of the primary applications of our PicoWay laser is in the treatment of sun damage. The Zoom handpiece specifically targets areas of excess pigmentation, breaking it down into smaller particles that are more easily eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

Find effective and minimally invasive solutions to restore and revitalize your complexion. Contact Wunderbar to schedule a consultation and learn more about our restorative facial procedures and non-surgical skin revitalization techniques.

Non-Surgical Face/Neck Lift

If you have a history of sun exposure, Skin sagging from UV damage is a common concern. The effects of the sun can lead to collagen breakdown and loss of elasticity, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and a lack of firmness in the skin. That’s why here at Wunderbar we offer advanced treatments to address skin sagging caused by sun exposure.


Morpheus8 is a radiofrequency microneedling treatment that stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin. By combining the power of radiofrequency energy with tiny needles, Morpheus8 targets deep layers of the skin, promoting collagen remodeling and improving skin texture and tone. This treatment is particularly effective for addressing skin sagging, as it helps to lift and tighten the treated areas.

NOVA Thread Lift

The NOVA thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes dissolvable threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) to lift and tighten the skin. The threads are strategically placed beneath the surface of the skin, providing support and encouraging collagen production. Over time, the threads naturally dissolve, leaving behind a foundation of renewed elasticity and improved facial contours.


Ultherapy utilizes focused ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production deep within the skin. This non-invasive procedure is FDA-approved and can effectively lift and tighten loose skin on the face, neck, and décolletage without the need for surgery. It is a popular choice for those seeking a non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift.

Fillers & Injectables

HA Fillers

An effective but often overlooked way to combat sun damage is the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our body that provides hydration, plumpness, and elasticity to the skin. With age and sun exposure, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, leading to dryness and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

By strategically injecting hyaluronic acid fillers into targeted areas, we can restore lost volume, smooth out wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture. These fillers not only allow skin to replenish moisture but also stimulate collagen production, promoting long-term skin rejuvenation.

HA Fillers at Wunderbar


Injectable procedures, such as Botox or Dysport, can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles made worse by sun damage. These neuromodulators work by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating dynamic wrinkles, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin

Personal Consultation

A personalized consultation at one of our state-of-the-art facilities in Mountain View, San Jose, or Carmel is the crucial first step toward addressing your sun damage concerns. Our team of highly skilled professionals includes skin specialists who will evaluate your specific needs and develop a comprehensive plan for rejuvenating your skin.

During your consultation, we will carefully review your medical history and discuss your cosmetic goals and concerns in detail. This thorough assessment allows us to understand the extent of your sun damage and tailor a treatment plan specifically designed for you. Our team will examine your skin’s condition, analyzing factors such as pigmentation irregularities, fine lines, and texture changes caused by prolonged sun exposure.

Cost of Sun Damage Treatment in Mountain View

The extent of sun damage and the area being treated will influence the overall cost of your treatment. Additionally, the number of sessions required to achieve optimal results will also affect the pricing. Some patients may only require a few sessions, while others may need more extensive treatment. 

Each patient’s condition is unique, and one of our experienced team members will evaluate your specific needs at your personalized consultation. We will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that aligns with your goals and budget.

To learn more about our sun damage repair, skin rejuvenation, and anti-aging procedures, please contact your nearest Wunderbar Medspa location. You can also read our blog for more information about our services.


What are the most effective treatments for sunspots?

Sunspots, also known as solar lentigines or liver spots, are darkened areas of the skin caused by prolonged sun exposure. Several treatment options can effectively address these concerns. A popular approach is laser therapy, which uses targeted light energy to break up the pigment and stimulate collagen production. 

How can I reduce the appearance of my freckles?

Freckles are small, concentrated areas of melanin that become more pronounced with sun exposure. While freckles are generally harmless, some individuals may wish to minimize their appearance. Topical creams containing ingredients like hydroquinone or retinoids can help lighten freckles over time. Laser treatments, such as IPL therapy or picosecond lasers, can also target pigmented areas and reduce the visibility of freckles.


  1. Gromkowska‐Kępka KJ, Puścion‐Jakubik A, Markiewicz‐Żukowska R, Socha K. The impact of ultraviolet radiation on skin photoaging — review of in vitro studies. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2021;20(11):3427-3431. doi: 
  2. Tull SS, Raza S. Lasers & Light Therapies for Skin Rejuvenation. Missouri Medicine. 2011;108(1):69-72. 
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