Can Sun Damage Be Reversed with Laser Treatments?
Sun exposure is one of the most damaging forces when it comes to the health and beauty of your skin. Even with a dedicated sun protection regimen, it is virtually impossible to evade sun damage altogether. For some men and women, the effects of sun exposure are more evident than others – with lines, wrinkles, and discoloration being among the top cosmetic side effects of UV rays. Whether you have mild or prominent signs of sun damage, laser skin rejuvenation can help to restore a clearer, younger-looking complexion you can feel confident about. Here, board-certified physician Dr. Ladie Araña-Domondon of Concordia Star Medical Aesthetics in Puyallup, WA outlines the benefits of laser skin treatments for reversing sun damage and giving your skin a healthy new glow.
How does sun damage your skin?
By now, most of us are familiar with the considerable health risks of sun exposure – like melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Many people don’t realize, however, that sun exposure can also take a toll on the appearance of your skin. Some of the most common aesthetic flaws associated with sun exposure or sun damage include:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin texture
- Leathery skin texture
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Dark spots
How do laser treatments help with sun damage?
For the most complete and effective laser skin rejuvenation treatment possible, Dr. Araña-Domondon utilizes the cutting-edge HALO™ laser by Sciton. This advanced laser combines ablative and non-ablative technologies to address damage on the outermost layer of the skin as well as the tissues deep beneath the skin’s surface. By removing the top layer of skin, HALO laser treatment addresses discoloration and sun damage, while collagen production is stimulated throughout deeper layers for a tightening and firming effect. In addition to treating signs of sun damage, HALO laser skin rejuvenation also targets the side effects of aging and other cosmetic concerns. Some of the most common skin issues that can be addressed with the HALO laser include:
- Fine lines
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
- Dark spots
- Blotchy skin
- Enlarged pores
- Patchy or scaly skin
Does laser skin rejuvenation hurt?
Prior to a HALO laser treatment, one of our team members will apply a topical numbing cream to your skin. This helps to minimize any discomfort you may feel during treatment, though most patients tolerate the laser session well.
How long is recovery after HALO laser treatment?
Almost immediately after laser skin rejuvenation with HALO, patients can expect redness, swelling, and irritation. These symptoms may be mild to moderate, depending on the strength of treatment, the patient’s skin type, and other factors. Sun exposure should be strictly avoided following laser treatments, and sunscreen should be used liberally. Makeup can be reapplied 24 hours after laser treatment. After a few days, patients will begin to notice their skin peeling and flaking away. This process may last for up to a week, during which time it is critical to refrain from picking or scratching the skin, which can delay healing and cause unwanted side effects, like scarring or discoloration. Once the sloughing process is complete, patients will start to see their newly glowing and vibrant complexion developing, with optimal results being visible after a few months as collagen levels increase. With regular maintenance treatments and a healthy lifestyle, patients can keep their skin looking radiant and youthful for years to come.
Sun damage can be reversed with HALO laser skin treatments in Puyallup, WA
If you spent years basking in the sun’s glow and are now paying for it in the form of lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, we can help. With a full range of laser skin rejuvenation treatment options available in Puyallup, WA – including the breakthrough combination HALO laser system – board-certified physician and aesthetic expert Dr. Ladie Araña-Domondon can help you regain the youthful, glowing complexion you desire. To learn more about your options for laser skin treatment to reverse sun damage, call Concordia Star Medical Aesthetics to schedule your private consultation today.