Sun Damage

Frequent sun exposure hurts your skin’s ability to maintain antioxidants, hyaluronic acid content, and vitamins.

Frequent outdoor activity can greatly exacerbate signs of sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays has the effect of reducing not only the texture, but also the elasticity of our skin. Over time, these signs become even more pronounced due to aging and the natural loss of collagen. At Travis Shaw, MD, we believe in promoting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. However, some issues require specialized aesthetic treatments. If you feel like your skin texture and complexion have declined in quality, we have the sun damage treatments for you.

Sun damage on a face

How Does Sun Damage Occur?

The term “sun damage” describes premature aging of the skin due to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Frequent sun exposure hurts your skin’s ability to maintain antioxidants, hyaluronic acid content, and vitamins. When these components are reduced, we tend to develop uneven pigmentation and brown spots. Though this kind of damage does occur naturally over time, sun exposure does speed up the process. Sun protection is recommended, but when it’s too late, treatments are available.

Sun damage in the neck area

Sun Damage Treatments

Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2

This FDA-approved laser system treats bad skin texture through a series of short-period, high-peak-power pulses. The laser energy used by the Ultrapulse essentially vaporizes target tissue without causing additional damage to surrounding areas. Treatments with the Lumenis can be customized based on specific skin tones and sun-damaged areas. The result is a smoother, more radiant skin texture achieved with minimal side effects.

Medical Chemical Peels

Our formulated chemical peels involve the application of mild acids directly to the treatment area. These peels come in 3 common levels of intensity: Superficial, Medium, and Deep. At Travis Shaw, MD, we begin every consultation with a thorough assessment of our patients’ particular skincare needs. After the initial assessment, we will provide you with chemical peel options based on the severity of your sun damage and other factors.


HydraFacials enhance skin radiance through cleaning, hydrating, and protecting skin. The HydraFacial works by first cleansing your skin through gentle exfoliation, then removing debris bacteria from your pores, and finally protecting your skin through antioxidants.

What Can I Expect?

Results vary based on the severity of your condition and the treatment chosen. However, all of the listed treatments assure skin radiance with little to no downtime. At Travis Shaw, MD, we make every effort to facilitate the needs of our clients. We believe that outer beauty is essential to maintaining optimal inner wellness. As such, we take pride in delivering our sun damage treatment options quickly, safely, and gently.

Sun Damage Treatment in Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia

Travis Shaw, MD is a skilled medical professional dedicated to improving the health and beauty of the Richmond and Midlothian communities. Don’t let sun damage negatively affect your self-esteem. Make an appointment with Dr. Shaw to discuss your sun damage treatment options by texting/calling (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below. We look forward to serving you!