Treatments for photodamage.
The skin has a protective function against Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun which can cause molecular damage to cellular DNA. However, as a consequence the skin suffers damage over time to both the surface epidermal layer (which contains pigment cells and basal cells) and the deeper dermal layer (which contains blood vessels and the collagen and elastin that gives skin its structural support). We call damage to the skin by sunlight as Photodamage and as it can result in premature ageing effects in the skin the term Photoageing is also sometimes used.
With over 20 years of experience in treating men with sun damaged skin we understand that many men are poor in using creams and sunscreens and that any skincare program needs to be explained clearly and to be adhered to by men needs to be as simple as possible. When using lasers and injectable treatments in men we understand that most men are time poor and want fast results with minimal downtime.
Sun damage results in 5 main types of changes to the skin:
One of the commonest concerns for men is the uneven colour of their skin caused by sun damage. Typically areas of redness and areas of brown pigmentation can both develop, especially on the face. Fortunately these areas can be very effectively treated and controlled by laser and light based treatments.
The majority of men when they present with sun damage on the face already have significant lines and wrinkles and are past simple topical and surface dermal treatments. A combination approach of anti-wrinkle injections to stop the overactivity of facial muscles especially on the forehead and around the eyes, dermal fillers to replace lost volume and treatments to stimulate new collagen formation such as the INFINI are often needed.
Skin dysplasia and pre-cancers can be spot treated with liquid nitrogen or excision. Large areas can be treated with prescription creams or photodynamic therapy (PDT). A topical amino acid is applied as a cream to make the skin photosensitive, and then a light source is used to destroy the abnormal cells.
Skin is returned to a more youthful appearance. Pre-cancerous skin conditions are treated before they progress to more severe forms or cause damage to the surface.
Skin texture can become dry and thickened with sun exposure over time and the use of skin care products such as a daily moisturiser to replenish moisture and a daily sunblock to slow the rate of further sun damage are important. The use of topical Vitamin A can help repair some of the damage that has already been done. Dermal treatments such as microdermabrasion, peels, laser toning, and Pico toning can help exfoliate dead skin cells and improve skin texture and reduce pore size.
Solar keratosis is the name given to small scaly patches of skin that can develop as a result of sun damage. Even one bad sunburn when you were young can result in these occurring later in life. Solar keratoses are regarded as precancers, and it is estimated that about 10% can go on to become skin cancer. When they are only a few solar keratoses, they are usually treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen or applying a prescription cream. When there are multiple solar keratoses, then laser treatment or photodynamic therapy may be recommended.
Our team will advise you on the necessary steps you need to take before you embark on one of our treatment plans.
Our team will advise you on the necessary aftercare based on your treatment plan.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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