Treatment Guide: Sun Damage
Sun damage is often a big factor in prematurely aged skin. People who have spent years without too much concern for the damage the sun may have been having on their skin often come to us to seek ways to improve their skin. The good news is that we can help transform their skin, rejuvenating and helping them shed the damaged skin but it’s important that people look after their skin whatever the condition.
We decided to put together a treatment guide if you have sun damaged skin, as part of a new Treatment Guide blog series.
Your suitability will be determined by skin type. As we offer a wide range of treatments we will only suggest the best procedures possible for you. We are medical professionals first and foremost.
How can I reduce the appearance of sun damage?
The Private Clinic has a number of treatments for sun damage including:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Pearl, Pearl Fractional and Pearl Fusion Laser Skin Resurfacing
Minor sun damage can be treated by Pearl or Pearl Fractional but if the damage is extensive you may benefit from Pearl Fusion – a combination of both treatments. Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments involves a laser pulse destroying hyperpigmentation clusters whilst also creating tiny holes in the skin which encourages the skin to form a protective layer. This is known as microdamage as it forces the body to react and it’s the body’s healing process that is responsible for the treatment’s incredible results.
IPL Photorejuvenation (Intense Pulse Light)
IPL is a slightly less concentrated light-based treatment than Pearl laser resurfacing and it is not a laser treatment. Bursts of light are directed onto the skin to stimulate collagen production and new skin cells as well as removing old and dead ones. A consultation with our medical team will be a great way to weigh up your options and determine your suitability. A course of 6 treatments is often needed for optimum results.
Chemical skin peels come in several forms and strengths, depending on the brand and the different needs of the patient. Lighter peels will help superficial damage and can be achieved with very little downtime while significant damage may require a stronger peel, and will possibly require more downtime to allow the skin to rejuvenate.
Microneedling involves a medical device such as a roller or pen with micro-needles attached to it being passed over the skin to targeted areas. The treatment causes micro scars and promotes skin regeneration and repair helping to tackle mild pigmentation due to sun damage.
Microdermabrasion involves no downtime and can tackle the most superficial signs of sun damage. It’s a deeper facial treatment. Crystals are fired out of the hand piece onto the top layer of skin to remove dead skin through abrasion. The dead skin cells and used crystals are then removed by the vacuum function of the hand piece, whilst continuing to fire out new crystals as the hand piece is drawn across the skin.
Stay Safe in the Sun
The UK is currently sweltering as temperatures seem to be making up for a bad winter and plenty of lost time but little do people know the damage the sun can potentially be doing to your skin. Try to remember your sun protection creams and sprays wherever you go, make sure your sunscreen is not out of date and apply it regularly.
Sun damage and Pigmentation Treatments at The Private Clinic
To find out more about our treatment for sun damage and pigmentation, , please call us on 03339209135 or use our online contact form to request a call back.
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