Research has demonstrated that the effect of the sun on the skin is the most important cause of skin aging. In addition to this, sun exposure significantly increases the risk of skin cancers. Dr Bonaparte believes in sun avoidance and when in the sun, the use of high quality sun screens to prevent damage. Dr Bonaparte performs surgery on many patients with skin cancer and thus he always promotes proper sunscreen use. It is important for anyone with abnormal moles, skin lesions to be seen by a physician prior to using cosmetic treatments. However, those of us who have the signs of sun damage such as dark brown spots, wrinkles, flaky and rough skin do have options to reduce the signs of sun damage on our face and neck. The most common treatment options for sun damage used by the top and most experienced facial plastic and cosmetic surgeons are listed below. Contact Dr Bonaparte and JB Cosmetics and Facial Surgery at the Facial Surgery and Cosmetic Center of Ottawa to schedule a consultation to see what treatment is best for you.