As good as it feels, too much sun takes its toll on your skin, resulting in premature signs of aging in the form of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Ultraviolet rays cause drying and damage even below the surface, where the support and nutrient resources for your skin reside.
The power of self healing
Your body already has the ability to rejuvenate many of these resources, but what it lacks is the signal to get started. The healing mechanisms designed by nature typically kick into action after an injury, then focus all their efforts on the site of the injury. The steady and slow damage done by exposure to sunlight doesn’t set off the warning bells that start the natural rejuvenating process.
What’s needed is controlled, simulated damage over the affected areas to start a process called collagen induction. Collagen is one of those middle layer tissues that supports and nourishes your outer skin. Collagen deteriorates with time and won’t be replaced without a reason.
The secret to revitalizing sun damaged skin is to jump-start replacement of the collagen layer. Your body has the ability. If you have a raised white scar from a deep cut, you’re looking at the results of new collagen production.
Laser treatments for sun damage
Now, no one wants a series of raised white scars across their face, so it’s crucial to find a system that stimulates collagen growth into a natural matrix for smooth, even results. The good news is, there are many procedures that can accomplish just that.
In the past, the most effective methods were intense chemical peels and dermabrasion techniques that required days or weeks of recovery time. Now, however, there are new technologies that can radically reduce your downtime.
While these treatments typically fall under the “laser” label, they use a range of technologies. Lasers use single wavelengths of light. Some are designed to penetrate below the skin to stimulate collagen production while leaving surface skin unaffected, while others provide more traditional exfoliation.
Radiofrequency waves also start the collagen induction reaction without affecting surface skin. In combination with microneedling, however, even heavy sun damage blemishes can be improved. Multi-wavelength light treatments help reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation issues.
Custom treatment for your sun damage
There’s lots of overlap between these technologies. Many can produce similar effects, sometimes without any need for recovery. You can have a treatment and go back to your daily routine right out of the office. Other treatments can be more aggressive, perfect for when your skin shows harsher sun damage.
The key here is that each person responds differently to sun exposure, so treatments to reverse the effects must be based on each patient. There’s no one-size-fits-all sun damage laser treatment.
That’s why a consultation with Lansdowne Aesthetic Center is a smart idea. Dr. Baraki bases treatment on the needs of your skin, and his knowledge of contemporary aesthetic technology means he can choose the equipment that will produce the best results for your sun damaged skin.
Call the office today or request a free consultation using the online button. Put your best face forward this summer.