The sun gives us life, but it also takes a toll on our skin. While those rays might feel good, and a tan may look attractive, the long-term ramifications of sun exposure aren’t so nice. The UV rays in sunlight trigger the skin’s production of melanin. This dark pigment forms brown spots and patches across the skin, marring the skin’s texture and tone.
Sun damage doesn’t stop at excessive pigmentation. UV rays also contribute to the breakdown of elastin, facial skin’s supportive fibers. Elastin helps keep the skin tight but still flexible. As the elastin disintegrates, the overlying skin begins to sag and loses its youthful resilience. The skin’s structure changes, with the tissue sagging, and fine to deep lines forming across the face.
While we can’t stop the aging process, we can slow it down – and specialized aesthetic lasers are significant tools. Laser light energy can reverse many of the effects of sun damage, clearing up your skin and triggering new cell growth.
How Laser Treatments Clear Sun Damaged Skin
Lasers utilize different wavelengths of light energy to effect changes within the skin – both superficial and internal. The unique nature of laser skin treatments allows patients to manage:
- Large pores
- Irregular pigmentation
- Rosacea or other redness
- Visible veins and blood vessels
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- General uneven skin tone and texture
…and lasers offer these results without demanding lengthy downtime or discomfort.
The rejuvenating laser emits a certain wavelength of focused energy to areas of sun-damaged skin. This results in renewed cell growth, as well as the natural, gradual shedding of the excessive pigmentation. Some lasers also penetrate deeper to stimulate new collagen production and rebuild structure.
Aqua Plastic Surgery offers treatment with several aesthetic lasers, which you can learn more about below.
Laser Genesis is also known as the Red Carpet Laser treatment. It is the only FDA-cleared laser to SHRINK pore size. It also improves skin texture, redness, and fine lines & wrinkles. This laser also manages acne and decreases unwanted breakouts and blemishes. This is a laser facial and patients describe it as a warming sensation during treatment. Patients can treat every 2-6 weeks and a series is recommended for best results.
Limelight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) targets brown spots and tiny blood vessels that cause redness. IPL gives patients’ clearer skin with the look of make-up but no make-up needed! Generally patients’ treat every 4-6 weeks, multiple treatments are recommended for best results.
This dual picosecond and nanosecond laser treats brown spots of all sizes. With its adjustable features, the Enlighten can focus on small spots (like freckles) as well as larger patches of skin discolored by sun exposure or hormonal, such as melasma. Enlighten is an FDA-cleared, highly effective treatment option for benign pigmentation.
As one of the newest technologies to become available for treatment of sun-damaged skin, the Enlighten has many advantages – including its safety for all skin types.
Pearl and Pearl Fractional
Skin resurfacing removes a thin layer of external skin to refresh the area and trigger fresh cell growth. The Pearl and Pearl Fractional lasers ablate (vaporize) that outer layer. Additionally, the Pearl Fractional goes one step further, heating the inner layers of the skin. This helps to encourage collagen growth and reduce lines.
We will determine which laser resurfacing treatment is appropriate for your skin, based on your specific interests and skin type. The Pearl lasers are appropriate for patients seeking improvements to:
- Fine lines
- Brown spots and other pigmentation
- Uneven skin texture
- Loose skin
- Lost volume
Hoping to learn more? These technologies are detailed at length on our Laser Resurfacing page.
You may have had an ultrasound in a medical capacity, to see images of features within the body. Even if you’ve experienced sonography firsthand, you’re probably not aware of the aesthetic applications for sound energy. Ultherapy harnesses the power of an ultrasound to gently, naturally renew the skin.
With Ultherapy, we’re able to penetrate external skin layers, leaving the surface unaffected and heating the collagen beneath. Once heated, the collagen begins to grow anew, leading to visible tightening of the skin. Post-treatment, the skin will gradually constrict, benefiting from new scaffolding beneath.
Ultherapy’s treatment process is mild, making it an option for multiple areas of the body, including the:
Best of all, the treatment process is comfortable and the downtime near-nonexistent. In the months post-treatment, you’ll begin to see a gentle lift in your treated skin – and end up with look that’s still your own, but softly rejuvenated.
If you’re interested in this treatment option, visit our Ultherapy page, or get in touch.