Though we all love a bit of sun, unfortunately our skin does not always feel the same way. Excessive sun exposure can dry out our skin and cause damage that does not fade away like a tan or burn.
What is Sun Damage?
Sun damage covers a range of skin irregularities caused by the sun, irregular colouring, uneven skin tone and a reddish appearance are the most common signs, but there are a range of individual effects that can be caused, such as:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Liver spots
- Actinic keratosis
- Actinic purpura
What Causes Sun Damage?
Special cells called melanocytes generate colour using melanin. When exposed to the sun they react, and this is what gives us such things as a tan or freckles.
If the skin is exposed to excessive quantities of sun, it can damage the melanocyte cells, causing uneven melanin production. This doesn’t give a uniform tan but rather an uneven tone with skin pigmentations.
A second effect that some people get from excessive sun, is a patchy reddish appearance which is caused by the stretching of the small blood vessels below the skin.
How We Can Help:
Laser treatment and IPL are both great non-surgical methods for addressing sun damage. They are non-invasive and can improve the appearance of the skin in just a few treatments; simultaneously working on an uneven skin tone, skin pigmentations, and any blotchy redness.
The PicoWay Resolve laser treats sun damage by firing ultrashort (picosecond – one trillionth of a second) pulses into the sun-damaged areas. These pulses shatter the melanin, contained in these lesions or uneven tonal areas, into very minute particles. The body then eliminates these particles using its natural processes. Simultaneously it helps to stimulate collagen production, thereby diminishing an uneven skin tone, and eradicating these pigmented lesions for good.
IPL fires out a broad spectrum of light that is precisely calibrated to hit the areas of higher concentration of melanin as well as deep into the inner layers of skin. It damages the tissue with a higher melanin content, and the body’s natural processes will work to carry away these damaged cells and replace them with fresh healthier skin, while hitting the inner layer of your skin stimulates these cells to create more collagen.
We’re pleased to be able to offer both methods of treating sun damage. At your initial consultation, the technician will discuss with you, which treatment plan is best and answer any questions you have.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There are no set-ups or preparation needed before your consultation.
During the consultation you can show the affected areas to our technician who will be able to recommend to you the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. This is the use of a laser on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts.
Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the laser you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.