Sun Damage Specialist

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Brighton Family Medicine

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Henderson, NV

Gone are the days when beachgoers would slather on the baby oil and soak up the sun for hours on end. Now it's practically common knowledge that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays causes medical and cosmetic issues ranging from wrinkles to skin cancer. At Brighton Family Medicine in Henderson, Nevada, Sungwook Steven Kim, MD teaches his patients about sun safety, screens for skin cancer, and uses innovative laser therapy to reverse sun damage. Call or click to book an appointment with Dr. Kim today.

Sun Damage Q & A

What is sun damage?

Sunlight is the primary source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is only a small part of the sun’s rays, but they are the leading cause of sun damage to your skin.

There's no such thing as "safe" UV rays. They change skin cell DNA, causing skin damage and affecting the cells that control skin growth.  That can ultimately cause skin cancer.

Signs of sun damage include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sunburns
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Cataracts
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Liver spots
  • Pre-cancerous skin changes

How can I prevent sun damage?

You should limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. With a bit of preparation and protection, everyone can safely enjoy the great outdoors all year round.

Avoid sunburn

A single sunburn increases a person’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Choose gentle sun-protection products to protect babies and children from sun damage.

Wear protective clothing

Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and UV-resistant clothing are highly-effective for protecting the skin.

Slather on the sunscreen

Apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 30 every two hours, even on cloudy days.

Fake your tan

Tanning beds contain UV rays and pose the same risk of skin damage as the sun. Fake tanning creams and sprays offer golden color without the burn.

Use extra caution at the beach or on the slopes

Many people assume they are safe from sun damage in the water or during the colder months. Sand, snow, and water reflect UV rays, increasing the chance of sunburn. Protect yourself from sun damage all year round.

Is sun damage reversible?

Dr. Kim can reverse visible signs of sun damage -- including fine lines and sun spots -- with PicoSure® laser therapy.

PicoSure is an aesthetic laser that uses heat and energy to revitalize skin. It improves skin damage caused by UV rays and many other skin concerns:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Discoloration
  • Freckles
  • Sun spots
  • Tattoos

PicoSure quickly and painlessly delivers energy to break up pigment particles without damaging nearby tissue. Laser therapy encourages the body’s natural healing process to rejuvenate skin and turn back time.

However, sun damage to cell DNA is irreversible, so you have to take preventive measures. Fortunately, Dr. Kim can help you identify the most effective techniques for staying safe while enjoying the sunshine.

To discuss the best ways to protect yourself from UV ray exposure or turn back the clock, call or click to make an appointment with Dr. Kim today.