Sun Damage

Understanding sun damage and available treatments

We all love some fun in the sun. Whether it’s going to the beach on a nice day, doing some gardening or just going to a friendly barbecue, ample sunshine always makes these activities better. But even too much sunshine can be a bad thing.

Harsh realities of sun damage

Without protection such as sunscreen or clothing, the sun’s invisible ultraviolet rays pass through our skin and damage our cells. This leads to wrinkles, sun spots and other skin blemishes. Even those of us who try to limit our time in the sun, it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid exposure to UV light. Simple tasks like a daily run or going to the grocery store in the middle of the summer can still leave our skin exposed to the effects of sun damage.

Unfortunately, 42 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology were unaware they were at risk for sun damage while they tanned3. This means nearly half the population doesn’t realize that sun exposure can lead to skin problems.

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How to get rid of sun spots

When the sun’s rays make contact with the skin, it triggers the body’s production of melanin, which leads to discoloration, freckles, sun spots and other pigmentation issues.

Using Cynosure’s Icon™ technology, the ThreeForMe™ laser treatment employs a simple process that addresses sun spots, wrinkles, freckles and other blemishes caused by exposure to UV light. In addition, ThreeForMe treats broken blood vessels, spider veins and rosacea.

The first pass of the ThreeForMe laser treatment uses an “Intense Pulsed Light” (IPL) technology. This improves your skin’s appearance by removing discolorations and pigmentation caused by exposure to the sun. The IPL also fixes unwanted spider veins and broken blood vessels on your face.

Immediately after the IPL treatment, a “microbeam” laser technology is used to boost the collagen and elastin production in your skin which smooth’s out unwanted wrinkles & scarring. Addressing multiple skin issues at once revitalizes your overall skin and renews your natural glow.

Patient Results


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Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.


Is ThreeForMe right for me?

ThreeForMe laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of personal factors.

How many treatments will I need?

A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 treatments at one-month intervals. However, everyone’s skin conditions are different so your physician will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. They will discuss your specific treatment plan during your consultation.

What does the treatment feel like?

During ThreeForMe treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. After the treatment, you may experience minor redness and swelling similar to a mild sunburn for a couple days.

How long are treatments?

Treatments are quick and last about 30 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of downtime.

Is it safe?

ThreeForMe laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective.123

When can I expect to see results?

You will see continued improvement in the skin’s appearance during and after a course of 1-3 treatments with visible results after each individual treatment. You may see results in facial veins immediately after the treatment along with a darkening of the brown spots. These spots will flake off over the next one to three weeks leaving you with a glowing appearance. Lastly, you will see progressive results on any fine lines, wrinkles or scarring over the next six months as your skin naturally responds to the treatment.


1. Experts, A. t. (2006). Why does skin wrinkle with age? How can you slow or prevent this process? Scientific American, 100.

2. Flament, F., Bazin, R., Laquieze, S., Rubert, V., Simonpietri, E., & Piot, B. (2013). Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 221-232.

3. “Survey shows when it comes to skin health, beauty trumps sun safety”. American Academy of Dermatology. 2012.