15 December 2011People whose skin has suffered from prolonged exposure to the sun have a number of options open to them when it comes to repairing the damage, according to a group of US cosmetic surgery experts. While plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Stephen Davidson admits that prevention is always best when it comes to skin damage, he said there are various surgical and non-surgical treatments available."The most typical side effect of sun damage is premature ageing," he said. "Excessive exposure to the sun can make the skin appear thick and wrinkled." Creams are one option for people who have suffered light damage, while chemical peels and laser treatments are used in more serious cases to remove the damaged outer layer of skin to leave a fresher, more youthful appearance. Dr Dev A ManiSundaram, who works alongside Dr Davidson, added that procedures such as laser treatments have proved popular due to the short recovery times. He said: "What's appealing about laser treatments is that they can be performed in less than an hour and the patient needs little to no recovery time after the procedure. "For the same reason, injectable treatments are very popular, because the procedure is quick and relatively inexpensive."