6 Treatments to Address Sun Damage
The summer sun doesn’t discriminate when it comes to harmful UV rays. With over 90% of skin damage originating from UVA and UVB rays, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the sun entirely. Still, whether you were an avid sunbather back in the day, or simply have been exposed to the sun in your everyday life, it’s possible to course correct the damage done.
These are our top 6 procedures and treatments to prevent and correct sun damage.
Clear + Brilliant
A non-invasive, gentle laser treatment, Clear + Brilliant restores vibrancy to your skin with no downtime. Clear + Brilliant is a resurfacing treatment that transforms your skin in only 30 minutes: The fractional laser creates thousands of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of the skin. The treatment ultimately brightens skin tone and removes sunspots, while also boosting collagen production for an anti-aging treatment that packs a punch. Just be sure to stay out of the sun following the treatment and commit to a high SPF routine following your appointment.
Treat the signs of aging as well as unwanted pigmentation, redness, and sun damage with a VI chemical peel. The VI Peel works by micro-damaging the outermost layer of skin, causing it to peel off while stimulating new tissue growth.
The medium-level peel is gentle enough for use on the face, chest, eyelids, hands, and back —aka anywhere with skin damage is treatable, making it the perfect option if you have large areas of damage you’re looking to treat.
Another skin resurfacing laser, Fraxel is the first non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing treatment. In simple terms, this means Fraxel works by heating the skin without injuring the surface of the skin itself — leaving you with beautiful results and no pain or discomfort.
Similar to Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel relies upon thousands of microscopic lasers that penetrate deep into your skin to trigger collagen production, making you glow from the inside out. What’s in a name? The Fraxel laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact for quick healing. Fraxel is a great option for those new to laser treatments who are curious about reversing skin damage while also improving the skin’s tone and texture.
Microneedling is a great procedure to address sun damage, and the SkinPen is an FDA-cleared device with the ability to address damaged areas with unparalleled precision. It works by creating thousands of microchannels (aka small needle wounds) that trigger the body’s natural healing process, while at the same time, minimizing cellular damage. The SkinPen encourages natural collagen stimulation, improving the health of your skin and reversing years of sun damage.
Another great microneedling option, Morpheus 8 combines the traditional procedure with radiofrequency. While microneedling punctures the skin, the addition of thermal radiofrequency allows for scar reduction and skin tightening too, for an effective treatment that addresses underlying damage while encouraging the body to create new, healthy cells.
The multiplicity allows the Morpheus 8 device to achieve deep fractional remodeling that affects both the epidermis and the dermis for maximum results that leave your skin looking younger and firmer without costly surgery.
Like the saying goes, the best offense is a good defense. In medical terms, this translates to mean that treatment is great, but prevention is better. Take care of your skin with a medical grade SPF every single day, and incorporate a retinol into your nighttime routine to ensure your skin is always turning over healthy cells.
You don’t have to do it alone though: We’re here to help you build the perfect skincare routine that is tailored to your skin type and addresses your concerns.
Give us a call and we’ll create a custom plan that includes both products and procedures that will help you look like the best version of yourself: 650.964.2200.