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Photoaging is the clinical way of saying “sun damage”. Don’t underestimate the profound damage that UV exposure can cause to your skin. On the cosmetic side of things, photoaging leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. More significantly, it can cause all sorts of spots and lesions that may become skin cancer later on.

Signs of Photoaging

Photoaging can present itself as any of the following skin concerns: 


What Causes Photoaging?

Photoaging is caused by exposure to UV rays, which mainly come to us from the sun but can also occur if you spend a lot of time in tanning beds. The sun’s rays emit radiation that destroys skin cells and even damages their DNA. This is a form of free-radical damage.  

Some radiation, like UVB, has a near-immediate effect on the skin, leading to sunburn and inflammation. The damage from UVA radiation is more cumulative, leading to pigmentary changes in the skin, premature aging (i.e. photoaging), and if the situation is very dire, skin cancer. 


Best Photoaging Treatments

We’re experts when it comes to photoaging treatments, whether you’re experiencing wrinkles, dryness, or dark spots. At Discovery Laser, we can combine a few of these services to get rid of your specific photoaging markers. 


Collagen-Induction Treatments

Our most powerful treatments for photoaging are therapies that encourage the new production of collagen and elastin in the skin. These treatments stimulate the lower levels of the dermis directly through radiofrequency, laser, or microneedling. Some combine that with skin-brightening skincare and others add surface exfoliation to remove photoaged skin. 


Sylfirm X

Sylfirm X is the latest innovation in ultra short pulse microneedling technology that ONLY REACTS to abnormal blood vessels and tissue to SELECTIVELY treat pigmentation and vascular lesions. It is the ONLY RF Microneedling device approved to SAFELY tackle neovascularities including “hard to treat” conditions like melasma and rosacea.

Beyond pigmentation and neovascularities, Sylfirm X is clinically proven to safely and effectively address a number of issues including laxity, wrinkles, large pores, acne scars, stretch marks, scalp rejuvenation/circulation and improving the overall tone and texture of the skin.


Microneedling with Dp4™ DermapenWorld™

Since microneedling boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin, microneedling can help reduce the visible depth of acne scarring, this award winning treatment is beneficial to any skintype. Multiple sessions of microneedling treatments are extremely beneficial for those looking to address the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines and overall skin rejuvenation.



The eMatrix-Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin, where the RFenergy generates fractional deep dermal heating to induce skin injury and maximize collagen production–while keeping the top layer of the skin intact, leading to a rejuvenated appearance of the skin.
This is an important factor in why it’s safe for all skin types.

Exfoliating and Anti-Aging Facials

Through exfoliation with either our JetPeel, Dermalinfusion, Hydrafacial, OxyGeneo or Chemical Peels, we can remove the surface layer of damaged dead skin, to reveal and stimulate the regeneration of fresh, youthful skin. This is a fantastic way of addressing fine lines, age spots, and overall dullness or dryness, even if your skin is sensitive! 

Our anti-aging facials do this at a variety of strength levels, from light, refreshing facials to intense peels and dermalinfusion that undo a lot of damage. 



Injectables are extremely effective for addressing signs of photoaging like fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is our go-to for wrinkles in the upper half of the face, especially ones caused by repeated muscle movement like frown lines and crow’s feet

Hyaluronic acid fillers do a remarkable job of plumping up and filling in more static wrinkles around the mouth, nasolabial fold, and under the eyes. 



At home, a skincare routine that involves committed sunscreen usage is the most important thing you can do to prevent photoaging. Other products, like retinoids, peptides, mild chemical exfoliants, and antioxidants, can also help prevent and reverse the signs of damage. At Discovery, we’ll be happy to suggest to you an anti-aging hydroquinone product home care regimen from one of our most popular and effective medical skinline such as ZO SkinHealth.

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Photoaging FAQ

Normal aging is inevitable, based on genetics, and happens to all of us, while photoaging is caused by external damage from the sun. Normal aging includes some loss of firmness and the formation of wrinkles, but photoaging often makes things worse. Additionally, photoaging can cause dark age spots and even pre-cancerous lesions.

Yes! Correct sunscreen usage can prevent photoaging. The trouble comes when we use sunscreen incorrectly. To ensure complete coverage, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Use it every time you go outside in the daylight, and make sure to use enough per Health Canada guidelines

Yes! Through a combination of sunscreen use, skin-renewing treatments, and anti-aging at-home skincare, you can absolutely reverse the signs of photoaging. Just keep in mind that while these treatments also impact the signs of normal aging, they still can’t turn back time.