Sun damage can present in many ways such as brown spots, age spots, redness, uneven skin tone, roughened skin texture, lines and wrinkles, saggy skin, aging skin, skin lesions.
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What is sun damaged skin? What causes it?
Sun damaged skin often manifests itself in the form of age spots, also called liver spots and solar lentigines, which are flat, brown, grayish brown or black spots on the skin. They appear in a variety of sizes and usually afflict the face, hands, shoulders, chest, back and arms. It’s no surprise that these are the most commonly exposed areas to the sun. Photo damage accumulates in your skin over time, including thinning of the skin, broken capillaries, multiple deep wrinkles, excessive brown pigmentation and skin laxity and these sun damage changes can be seen very early on in life, appearing more visibly after the age of 40.
Can I treat sun damaged skin and if so, what sun damage treatments are available?
Patients can have a variety of sun damaged skin laser treatments available to them at SpaMedica when the sun damaged skin is cosmetic and not deemed malignant or suspicious. Using a series of SpaMedica Intense Pulsed Light treatments, known as the proprietary FotoFacial program, which was developed by Dr. Stephen Mulholland to lighten the spots and even out the skin tone, is one of the most commonly used methods to treat sun damaged skin currently available. CO2 lasers and SpaMedica fractionated treatments such as the SpaMedica Affirm, Smart Skin and SpaMedica eMatrix treatment will provide some noticeable degree of improvement, while also addressing other skin issues which may be present such as diffuse wrinkles, laxity, scarring, enlarged pores, acne and Rosacea. At home medical skin care treatments such as Skin TX, will provide satisfactory clearing of the spots over time and is often used in conjunction with SpaMedica Intense Pulse Light (IPL or SpaMedica FotoFacial), CO2 and SpaMedica Fractionated treatments to provide the patient with the best outcome and lessen the downtime and risks sometimes associated with light based treatments for pigmented lesions. The home skin care program will also help you protect your aesthetic enhancement results. The Silk Peel Lumixyl treatment offers a milder treatment that, over time, will produce compelling results in even the most stubborn areas of sun damage. During the Silk Peel, a diamond microdermabrador head is pass the skin is gently exfoliated and a solution of a special peptide, Lumixyl, is infused into the skin. The recommendation of Skin TX treatment programs by your SpaMedica Medical Professional will extend the results between medspa visits. A series of six treatments will achieve optimal results. Q switched lasers and Pulsed Dye Lasers are often used by our SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatologists and SpaMedica Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons to address more resistant lesions. Usually providing clearance in as few as three treatments, these lasers are optimal in treating a large variety of lesion sizes.
SpaMedica recommends the following treatment to patients suffering from sun damaged skin:
- Intense Pulsed Light
- FotoFacial / PhotoFacial
- CO2 Resurfacing Laser
- Fractionated Laser Treatments
- Silk Peel Lumixyl Treatments
- SonoPeel Treatment
- SonoFacial Treatment
- Skin TX Home Skin Correcting System
- Pulsed Dye Laser
- Q Switched Laser
- SpaMedica Dermatology
Patients can be assured that through regular maintenance, the sun damaged skin lesions and age spots will have a lower chance of reoccurring. Reoccurrence will certainly happen if you do not maintain your result with proper home skin care, sun protection and quarterly laser maintenance treatments. Your SpaMedica treatment professional will recommend a home regime which will include sunscreens and protective therapeutic garments (Sun Soul) to protect your skin.
SpaMedica has been treating sun damaged skin in Toronto since 1997. Considered Toronto’s and Canada’s oldest, most recognized and reputable Laser Skin Care and Cosmetic Dermatology centers. Patients also have the advantage of seeing one of SpaMedica’s experienced cosmetic Dermatologists.