We Will Remain Open to Serve Our Clients’ Needs


With permission from local health care experts, our practice will remain open with limited hours. Please contact us today, as our hours may have changed to ensure the safety of our clients.

Lowe Plastic Surgery will be performing virtual consults to accommodate patients during the current COVID-19 crisis 

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Ensuring the Safety of Our Community


To fulfill the needs of our clients and our community, our practice is currently open. We will continue to reference local healthcare authorities and practice excellent health standards to ensure your safety.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable during your visit, so we will thoroughly clean each area between appointments, provide hand sanitizer to staff and clients, and continue following our rigorous cleaning protocols. We understand that the situation can change at any moment, and we will be flexible and communicative with our clients throughout the next few months.

To schedule an appointment, fill out an appointment form or call our practice.

sun-damaged skin

Sun Damage

Some damage from the sun is unavoidable, but it can be frustrating when enjoying the outdoors leaves you looking older than you feel.

Thankfully, most sun damage can be smoothed out with minor cosmetic treatments like fillers and IPL photofacials.

But what qualifies as sun damage?

sun-damaged skin

Recognizing Different Types of Damage

Age or Liver Spots

Like freckles, these small, dark spots form on the skin as a result of sun exposure. But unlike freckles, they appear later in life and do not fade with time.

Dry Skin

Long-term exposure to the sun often dries out your skin and can leave uncomfortable rough patches.


Because UV rays from the sun can break down collagen and elastin in the skin, sun exposure often leads to wrinkles.

Sun Damage Is a Problem for Everyone

While some people are more susceptible than others, too much time in the sun can damage any person’s skin. Going out without a hat, protective clothing, or sunscreen leaves you exposed to the UV (ultraviolet) rays in sunlight that break down the skin. Even people who don’t burn easily still suffer damage from this kind of exposure. However, if you have fair skin, you are likely at greater risk of damage and even skin cancer than the average person. 

How to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

Apply Sunscreen Regularly

If you plan to be out in the sun, take care to reapply your sunscreen at least every 80 to 90 minutes. While it can be easy to forget when you’re having a good time, diligent application is essential to protecting your skin.

Cover Your Skin

Long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses also serve as important shields for your skin.

Stay in the Shade

While avoiding the sun completely is impossible and inadvisable, remembering to stay in the shade as much as possible can keep your skin healthy.

A Specialist Can Recommend Treatment That’s Right for You

Scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist can never hurt. Even if the damage is minor, your doctor will often be able to recommend the best treatment. If there are signs of skin cancer, your doctor can determine the most appropriate course of action as soon as possible. 

While dermatologists can often diagnose your condition with a visual exam, they may take a biopsy to check for cancer. In this case, they will apply a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort before removing a small sample of skin cells for laboratory analysis.

A Wide Range of Treatment Options

IPL Photofacial

This non-ablative form of laser therapy gently removes damaged skin and smooths out minor blemishes.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

A more intensive form of laser therapy, laser skin resurfacing can target more severe sun damage.


Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers can respectively immobilize the muscles that contribute to wrinkles or replace lost collagen to rejuvenate your skin.

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

These treatments minimize skin blemishes and irregularities by removing the top layer of skin with either a weak acid or abrasive material.

Consult a Professional

Sun damage is not always serious, but it can often undermine confidence in your appearance. Reach out to a doctor today and discuss your options for minimally invasive treatment.

James B. Lowe, MD, FACS

Lowe Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lowe is a board-certified surgeon and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand 

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (405) 942-4300.

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