Like the name sounds, photo damage represents injury to the skin, and can make you appear older than you wish.
But there is good news: sun damage can be significantly reduced and even repaired with photorejuvenation! Considering all the advances in cosmetic skin care, there are many photorejuvenation options available...so It’s important to know what you’re getting. The level of treatment you need will depend on the extent of your damage and how much improvement you seek.
Photorejuvenation can be broken down into two categories: Level One and Level Two. Level One treatments are non-ablative, meaning they will not destroy the outer layers of skin. Level One Photorejuvenation is good for treating fine lines, mild browns, and red discoloration, including rosacea. These treatments are typically done using a topical anaesthetic. There is generally very little recovery time required after a Level One treatment.
Level Two Photorejuvenation is more aggressive and extensive. This level is best for deeper lines, textural concerns, and scarring. These treatments are also preferred for more pervasive discoloration, like the browns of melasma, sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy” since it’s often associated with hormonal changes.
While Level Two treatments are ablative, most are now fractional, meaning that tiny areas are left intact evenly across the surface of the skin, making the healing process much easier and quicker than it used to be. Fractional technology achieves nearly as much improvement as wholly ablative lasers, but with far less downtime. Level Two treatments are typically performed with a combination of topical anaesthetics and analgesics for pain control. Depending on the procedure and condition of your skin, recovery can range from a day to a week or so, with the skin having the appearance of a mild to severe sunburn.
Both Level One and Level Two Photorejuvenation can be done not only on the face, neck, and chest — but anywhere on the body. Many people only consider what they see in the mirror, but hands, arms, and shoulders can give away your age. Any area of the skin with sun damage be effectively treated. There was a point in time where the sun-tanned look was considered healthy, but in the long run, it will make you look older than you really are. The best defense against sun damage is with consistent use of a good sunscreen and protective clothing. But once the damage is done, be assured that there ARE options available to help you turn back the clock. Talk with a trusted skin-care professional, and consider what level of treatment will work best to help you achieve optimal results.