Sun Damage Treatments

Medical Microdermabrasion
Medical microdermabrasion renews the skin with fresher, more evenly coloured skin being established and less indented lines as the deeper collagen layers are stimulated.

Other treatments can be added at the same time. Moisturisers, especially the urea based ones that draw moisture into the skin, are particularly potent. Both the AHA creams (such as glycolic acid) and the retinoids (as Retin-A & Retinova) will aid in stimulating more healthy skin production and breaking the bonds between the more superficial cells.

Often four to six weekly to fortnightly sessions will restore the skin to a pleasing healthy appearance. Once established, further single sessions monthly or less often, as determined by the appearance and the ease with which makeup can be applied, will maintain the healthy appearance. One of the difficult areas in other treatments is the neck. This can be readily treated by microdermabrasion without risking other damage to this rather delicate skin area.  See more>

Xeo Cool Glide Laser
Xeo Cool Glide Laser in the Genesis mode with or without the OPS 600 or LP 560 heads can dramatically improve sun-damaged skin. The 1064nm NdYAG head in repeated sessions will improve collagen synthesis (reduced with repeated sun exposure) causing the skin to appear fresher but also reducing fine lines.

The OPS 600 head reduces uneven pigmentation changes including actinic bronzing. With the LP 560 bacground redness of fine veins will also be improved. But the Genesis treatment with the actual laser also tends to reduce this very well.

Usually about five to seven sessions each three or four weeks apart are required for maximal benefit. The Titan head can also be employed to lift sagging tissues.  See more>

Dual Yellow Laser
Dual Yellow Laser can be employed in a scanning mode with yellow 578nm light to improve both tissue colour (red and brown), and lines through collagen stimulation.

It can also be used to treat specific skin lesions such as solar keratoses (although now we would tend to treat these more with photodynamic therapy) - this is usually with the non-contact head in a vapourising mode.

With the scanning treatment usually one or two treatments are required. Some decrease in fine lines can be seen with each treatment. The skin will be quite pink for an hour or two afterwards and pigmented areas may appear darker for a week or so on the face, longer elsewhere.  See more>

Photodynamic Therapy - PDT
Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT for short, using methyl aminolevulinic acid (Metvix) activated by our scanning 633nm Helium Neon laser can clear large areas of solar keratoses.

One to two treatments are usually required. The cream is applied about three hours before activation. It is recommended you stay out of bright lights and direct and reflected sunlight during this time. The laser scans the area activating the cream causing it to release an oxidising singlet oxygen molecule which damages the cells the metvix has absorbed into. There is selective absorption by rapidly growing cells such as those in solar keratosis and cancer cells.

The skin will show red scaling lesions appearing for about week on the face and much longer elsewhere (due to the slower skin turnover) that gradually dry and flake off.

As well as this shallow basal cell carcinomas can be effectively treated with a couple of sessions. Usually a punch biopsy of these latter lesions is done before treatment is started to check what the actual lesion is and it precise type. See more>

Plasma Portrait PSR3 Resurfacing
Plasma Portrait PSR3 resurfacing can cause dramatic improvement to sun-damaged skin. By removing the older skin layers, allowing fresh growth to come through, uneven pigmentation can be improved and solar keratotic changes can be removed. There is down time of a week with the more aggressive treatments of this.  See more>


Other Treatments Used Elsewhere

Other means that can be used are with chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and, in more severe cases, a facelift of limited or more full degree (this is certainly appropriate for very lax skin). A plastic surgeon would be the appropriate person for performing a face-lift.

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