Australians are so lucky with our abundant sun, surf and sand, however our skin does pay the price! At Coco, sun damage and related conditions such as broken veins and capillaries, pigmentation, dehydration and crepey skin are some of the most common issues our clients seek help with.
We’re all familiar with the immediate signs of sun damage – redness or sun burn. But did you know the sun can wreak havoc on your skin years after the initial damage took place? This is because UV rays penetrate right down to our dermis (the deepest layer of our skin), so it can take years for the damage to surface.
This is called photoaging. According to the Skin Health Institute, 90% of visible signs of ageing in Australians is caused by chronic sun exposure.
When it comes to treating photoaging, prevention is of course the best course of action. Make sure you’re always wearing a high-grade 50+ SPF every day. This applies to days when it’s cloudy, during winter and even if you spend most of your time indoors (UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and windows!).
For those who weren’t diligent about slip, slop, slapping in their younger years and are already experiencing the ageing effects of sun damage, don’t stress. Our experts are skilled in a wide-range of treatments to reduce the long-lasting signs of sun damage.
HOW TO TREAT MILD/MODERATE PHOTOAGING
If you’re experiencing the mild effects of photoaging such as fine lines and small patches of pigmentation, then a light treatments like Broadband Light Therapy or ‘BBL’ is ideal.
Broadband light is great for reducing pigmentation and redness as well as resolving fine lines in your skin to improve texture. It’s also great for mildly reducing deeper wrinkles. It uses a wavelength of light to target specific components of the skin such as blemishes, sun spots and broken capillaries whilst simulating the production of new skin cells and collagen. This works to repair and brighten your complexion whilst reversing the signs of ageing by plumping and tightening the skin.
Cosmetic injectables like anti-wrinkle and dermal filler are also great for reducing the ageing effects of sun damage. Anti-wrinkle injections will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while dermal filler will help with volume loss.
HOW TO TREAT SIGNIFICANT PHOTOAGING
Halo Laser and/or Vascular Laser are ideal for treating significant signs of photoaging such as deep wrinkles, pigmentation and severe discolouration caused by broken veins and capillaries.
While Halo Laser does come with five to seven days of downtime, one annual treatment can significantly resurface your skin for long-lasting results. Being a hybrid fractional laser, the treatment penetrates the deeper, dermis layer of your skin to stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen and also targets the superficial layers of skin, providing two treatments in one. As the name suggests, fractional laser treats just a fraction of the surface tissue leaving most of the surrounding skin intact, this stimulates the skin’s natural healing response. This smooths wrinkles and scars, eliminates pigmentation and creates cleaner, healthier skin and speeds up the healing process resulting in less downtime.
Vascular Laser meanwhile, is the gold standard treatment for reducing vascular skin conditions like spider veins. The treatment works by collapsing red blood cells within abnormal blood vessels and pigment in dark skin spots. These damaged cells are then naturally eliminated by the body, reducing the appearance of veins and pigmentation and restoring skin to its natural tone. There’s no downtime and many clients notice results as soon as they leave the clinic.
We also recommend investing in regular cosmetic injectable treatments to manage the signs of ageing.
To learn more about our treatments for sun damage and determine which treatment combination is right for you, book a consultation with our experts today. They’ll work with you to analyse your skin and determine the best plan to suit you and your goals.