Erase Sun Damage From Your Skin with Laser Therapy
Most people love to have fun in the sun, but too much sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin. Sun damage can make you look older than you are, and in some cases be dangerous.
The good news is that Reflections has many light and laser treatments to reduce the telltale signs of sun damage and get your skin back to looking its best.
While many facilities might have a single laser or IPL device to address sun damage, we’re proud to offer a whole host of options that will rescue your skin from years of exposure to harmful rays. This allows for a safer, more effective treatment that’s tailored to your needs and not the limitations of a single device.
Has too much sun made you look older than you are? Get your radiant skin back at Reflections.
Here are some of the signs of sun damaged skin that laser therapy can improve:
The sun revs up melanin production within the skin, causing age spots, which can be brown, black or even gray. You may see them on your chest, shoulders, hands, arms, and forehead.
While it’s not known if these larger brown and tan spots are caused by sun exposure, they often appear on areas of the skin that get the most sunlight. Sometimes raised off the skin and having a waxy appearance, seborrheic keratosis is usually found on the chest, shoulders, back, and face.
As the sun’s harmful rays come into contact with your skin, they rupture the structural walls of the tiny blood vessels in the skin. The result is red, broken capillaries.
Lines, Folds, and Wrinkles
Because the sun breaks down collagen and elastin, fine lines and wrinkles result, especially on the chest and the hands.
Since the sun literally sucks out moisture and natural oils that lubricate the skin, years of repeated sun exposure can leave your looking dehydrated and flaky from the tips of your fingers to your toes.
Constantly exposing your skin to the sun causes it to become rough, thin and irregular because of the depletion of collagen. UV rays can also cause other textural anomalies, as well as skin cancer and pre-cancer.
Sun damage made me feel so old. The IPL treatment you did wiped the damage away. I now use sunblock religiously thanks to Reflections!
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
So Many Options — What’s Right for Me?
Until recently, our ability to reverse these signs of sun damage was limited to technologies that had high complication rates and significant downtime. This has all changed with today’s leading laser treatments that are minimally or non-invasive, fast, and effective. Our wide range of treatment options in the hands of our expert physicians lets us tailor a treatment plan that works for your particular skin type and personal treatment goals.
Here are some of our leading treatment options for sun damaged skin:
The Fraxel Re:Store Dual, Fraxel Re:Pair, eTwo and Clear + Brilliant lasers work below the skin’s surface producing thousands of tiny columns of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. This “fractional” treatment approach allows the skin to heal much faster than if all the skin was treated at once. Following each treatment, the body’s natural healing process creates new healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections. These treatments give wonderful, long lasting results.
Vbeam is also used sometimes, especially when there are broken capillaries or cherry angiomas (those bright red spots that bleed if you pick at them).
Q-Switched lasers, such as the RevLite, Sinon Ruby, and TriVantage’s Alexandrite, focus energy in a narrow beam, enabling them to land directly on sunspots, remove them quickly and leave the skin looking completely normal post treatment. We will often use a Q-Switched laser in combination with the Fraxel laser, for an amazing one-two punch.
For some patients, the best option is the Starlux IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of aged and sun damaged skin. This treatment is especially effective for sunspots and requires little to no downtime.
In other cases we find that non-laser treatments are helpful. Portrait® PSR skin resurfacing works by delivering rapid pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin’s surface. Plasma stimulates the body to regenerate the damaged structural elements of the skin in a way that other technologies and treatments cannot. The results seen following a series of treatments get better over time, with clinical studies showing continuing improvement even a year later.
Other treatment options include erbium laser peels, the long-pulsed alexandrite laser, Isolaz™, Levulan photodynamic therapy (PDT), cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), DermaSweep (a gentle form of microdermabrasion), and topical therapies. We can even use dermal fillers to smooth out the deeper crags and lines that come with too much sun exposure.
While the number of treatment options we offer might seem overwhelming, they allow us provide you with a treatment that’s perfect for your particular skin type, degree of sun damage, treatment goals, ability for downtime and your budget. All you have to do is come in for a complementary consultation and we’ll take it from there.
Whichever treatment is best for your sun damaged skin it is imperative that you protect your skin from the sun to maintain your great results. Our doctors and aestheticians can help you select a top quality sunblock to protect your skin from further damage and keep your skin looking radiant.
Be Transformed — Inside and Out
With Reflections’ approach to treating sun damaged skin, you will look like yourself again. Enjoy a new confidence when you’re out and about, knowing everyone can see the real you!
Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.