When your skin is exposed to the sun, it increases its production of melanin (a dark brown pigment) in order to protect itself. Melanin makes your skin look dark and is responsible for sun tans. However, sometimes the melanin production is uneven. This causes your skin to be irregularly colored and darker in some areas compared to others.
It’s also possible for the sun to dilate small blood vessels in your skin, which can give some spots a reddish color.
If you have sun damaged skin, contact our office today.
Our sun damaged skin laser treatment in Orange County is an outpatient procedure. During treatment, a laser is directed at the dark areas of sun damage on your skin. We use the LimeLight laser by Cutera at Pure Beauty Medical Spa. This works by delivering pulses of light that heat the pigmented cells on your skin. In the days and weeks following the treatment, the brown spots will flake off. You may need more than one treatment session to get the desired results.
The length of each treatment session, and the temperature that is used on the laser, depends on the color of your sun damaged spots and the size of the area that is being treated.
If you have any questions about the sun damaged laser treatment, how it works, and what it entails, be sure to ask a member of our medical professional team today.
During the skin laser treatment at our center, you might feel some mild discomfort in the form of stinging or pinching. Prior to the treatment, your medical professional will provide you with a cooling gel in order to minimize discomfort. The actual treatment itself will take less than 30 minutes in most cases.
After the procedure, you will notice that the brown spots on your skin have darkened, and also that the skin in the surrounding area is red or pink. You might also experience swelling for the rest of the day. Sometime after your treatment, the dark spots on your skin will begin to flake off. The redness in the surrounding area will also decrease. Your complexion will begin to show improvement at this time.
Even after receiving sun damaged skin laser treatment in Orange County, you can experience a recurrence of your sun damage and dark spots if you are not careful. You can help to prevent sun damaged skin by:
- Avoiding the outdoors during the brightest time a day, if possible. This is between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
- Wear sunscreen daily, even if you are outside at non-peak times of the day. The American Academy of Dermatologyrecommends using sunscreen that is an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Other helpful sunscreen features are broad-spectrum, which means that it protects against both UVB and UVA rays, and waterproof.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories when outside, like a hat or clothing that is resistant to harmful rays.
For more information about what you can do to protect your skin from further sun damage, ask your medical professional at Pure Beauty Medical Spa.