Fraxel® laser treatments are designed to minimize some of the problems that are caused by sun damage. Many people are surprised when they learn just how powerful overexposure to the sun can be.
One example is uneven skin pigmentation. When your skin is overly exposed to the sun, it will produce a higher level of a dark brown pigment called melanin. Melanin is what makes your skin look tan after you’ve been in the sun for a while. At times, sun exposure can cause your face to produce melanin in an uneven way. In extreme cases, the sun may cause blood vessels to stretch, leaving your skin looking red and blotchy.
The more melanin a person has in their skin, the more protection they have from the sun. Pigmentation is designed to protect the deeper layers of the skin from sun damage. However, this does not mean that individuals with medium or darker skin colors do not have to worry about sun damage. The truth is that they can experience sun damage, and it usually shows itself in the form of blotchy pigmentation and increased wrinkles.
Solar lentigines are flat spots of pigmentation. They will usually appear on the forehead or other parts of the face and back that are exposed to the sun. Many people refer to these spots as liver spots. While they happen with greater frequency in older individuals, they can also happen in younger individuals who do not protect themselves from the sun. These same spots can appear on a person’s lips.
Another example of sun damage is solar elastosis. This condition comes as a result of ultraviolet rays breaking down the connective collagen and elastin tissues that help to support the skin. As these connective tissues break down, your skin becomes less flexible and weaker. You begin to develop deep creases and loose sagging skin.
Melasma is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy. This is the darkening of facial skin around the eyes. This happens with greater frequency in women who are pregnant or those who are on oral contraceptives or therapy. The dark patches are also seen on the forehead and under the cheeks. Sun exposure exacerbates the symptoms.
These are just a few of the issues that the sun can cause on the skin. Yet, Fraxel® laser treatment can address many of these issues. The lasers are designed to treat certain spots on the face while leaving the skin around these spots untreated. This facilitates the healing process and makes it easier for you to get back to your daily routine quicker.
To learn more about our Fraxel® laser treatments, consult the experts at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre in Delta. Allow them to evaluate your skin type and your skin condition. This will help them see if Fraxel® laser treatment is best for treating the sun damage you have experienced. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.