Everyone knows better than to spend too much time in the sun, but the lure of a tan can be tempting. Even when people avoid the worst consequences of ultraviolet ray exposure like skin cancer, unprotected skin inevitably suffers from sun damage. Sun damage is responsible for symptoms of premature aging like lines and wrinkles, dark spots and skin that is leathery in texture.
While no one can go back in time to fix their skincare regimen, the good news is that there are many skin treatments available to reverse or minimize the signs of sun damage. The team at Physician’s Center for Beauty shares four of the most popular options:
Photofacial uses quick blasts of intense pulsed light (IPL) to reach beneath the skin’s surface. Melanin that causes hyperpigmentation or dark “age spots” is broken up with IPL, which should result in a more even skin tone. Most patients need between three and six treatments (spaced about a month apart) to achieve their desired results. Swelling and redness generally fade within a day or two, and there is no downtime after the treatment.
Chemical peels use a formulated chemical solution to remove the top, sun-damaged layer of skin. Patients can experience a burning sensation, but the treatment is highly safe. Once the outermost layer of skin peels off, it reveals a new layer of skin beneath. Because this layer has not been exposed to the elements, this skin is smoother and more vibrant.
Microdermabrasion is another exfoliating procedure, though it is considered gentler because it does not use a chemical solution. An aesthetician uses a handpiece with crystals to carefully remove the top layer of skin before suctioning up the dead and damaged skin. In addition to evening out skin tone and minimizing fine lines, microdermabrasion can also stimulate collagen and elastin production for improved skin texture.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical solution for sun damage and aging on the face. The aesthetician sends ultrasound waves deep beneath the skin to warm the tissue and boost collagen production. In the following weeks and months, the collagen tightens the skin to reverse signs of sun damage. Ultherapy is painless and requires no recovery time; patients can resume their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Dermal Needling is a nonsurgical treatment that addresses a multitude of skin issues, ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to pigmentation and sun damage. The stimulation of collagen from the needling pen results in improvement of the skin tone, texture, and firmness. There is also an option to add a chemical peel to this treatment that targets pigmentation and sun damage.
Have an Expert Look at Your Skin
The aestheticians at Physician’s Center for Beauty are among the best skin care professionals in Kentucky. If you are looking to improve your sun-damaged skin, our team will expertly craft a treatment plan to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. For a consultation, please call (502) 897-7456.