Now that the summer season is winding down, it’s time to help your skin recover from the harmful effects of summer sun damage. Brown spots and dry patches not only take away from a beautiful complexion but can also speed up the skin’s aging process. At Marotta Plastic Surgery, we are happy to offer our patients an assessment-based consultation to help you determine which of our array of procedures focused on diminishing the effects of summer sun damage will work best for you. Below is an overview of our best treatments designed to treat sun-damaged skin.
The Damaging Effects of the Sun
Healthy, vibrant skin relies on ample amounts of collagen and elastin to keep it smooth, supple and tight. Your body manufactures these essential proteins on a continual basis, however, age slows down that production. Coupled with too much time in the sun, the existing collagen and elastin inevitably break down, leaving skin more vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun.
The sun gives off UVA and UVB rays, or radiation, both of which can easily penetrate skin tissue. These rays are so powerful that they can actually alter the skin’s DNA. This opens the door for any number of skin problems to develop, including:
- Skin discoloration
- Uneven skin tone
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Collagen breakdown
Taking steps to reverse the effects of sun damage is essential to maintaining healthy skin. At Marotta Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of treatments to suit different skin types and conditions, focused on helping to repair damaged skin tissue and support the skin’s natural collagen-building processes.
Treatments for Sun-Damaged skin
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)
Intense pulsed light therapy (or IPL) harnesses the healing effects of light to reverse the effects of sun damage and aging skin. IPL uses the energy of multiple wavelengths of light to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface and treat the deeper tissue. Collagen production takes place within the deeper layers of the dermis, which is what intense pulsed light therapy targets. In effect, this procedure stimulates the skin’s collagen-producing processes.
This procedure offers a range of treatment benefits, some of which include:
- Brightens skin tone
- Reduces age spots
- Evens out skin tone
- Restores a smooth skin surface
- Restores a more youthful appearance
ThreeForMe Laser Treatment
The ThreeForMe Laser treatment combines the benefits of intense pulsed light therapy with microbeam laser technology to create an even more powerful, collagen-inducing effect on the skin. This particular procedure also targets skin discolorations brought on by sun damage. The end result works to revitalize the skin and renew its natural vibrancy.
The ThreeForMe laser treats a number of skin problems at once, including:
- Spider veins
- Broken blood vessels
A chemical peel essentially rejuvenates and restores the dermis and epidermis (the surface layer of skin) by triggering the body’s natural repair and rebuilding processes. Whenever a wound or injury occurs, the body automatically sets out to heal and repair the affected areas by supplying necessary levels of oxygen and nutrients. In effect, a chemical peel creates a controlled “wound,” which triggers the body to create new, healthy skin in its place.
Chemical peels produce dramatic results, including:
- Eliminating acne scarring
- Increasing the skin’s moisture levels
- Smoothing out wrinkled areas
- Creating a more even skin texture
- Erasing fine lines
Microdermabrasion, another treatment that boosts collagen production, works by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal a fresh new layer of skin underneath. The procedure uses a handheld wand that sprays minuscule crystals across the skin’s surface to gently remove the outer layer. The new cell layer is fresh and healthy, which means it’s better able to both process oxygen and nutrients delivered by the bloodstream and to more efficiently absorb facial care products.
Microdermabrasion not only replaces sun-damaged areas with fresh skin but offers other much-needed benefits for the health of your skin, including:
- Shrinking large pores
- Reducing acne scarring
- Removing age spots
- Evening out skin tones
- Brightening your complexion
Call Marotta Plastic Surgery to Schedule a Treatment Consultation
As wonderful as summer fun can be, the damaging effects of the intense summer sun can stay with you long after the season has passed. Helping your skin recover from the sun’s effects can restore a healthy complexion and slow down the aging process. When you schedule a consultation with one of our experienced team, we can help you determine which procedure will be best for treating those sun-damaged areas according to your specific skin type. Call Marotta Plastic Surgery today at 631-419-3164 to get started on repairing and refreshing your skin.