We’ve just had a wonderfully long and sunny summer here in Westchester. While it’s a lot of fun enjoying beautiful weather with family and friends, there’s no denying that sun exposure can take a toll on your skin.
Sun damage is the most common issue: too much sun can result in brown patches and exacerbate rosacea. This happens, ironically enough, because your body is trying to protect you from the sun. The production of melanin can result in a tanned appearance, but when the pigmentation is uneven or patchy, it’s not aesthetically pleasing. People with any skin type can experience sun damage, including uneven skin tone, brown spots, sun spots and redness. The sun also causes changes to the skin. Unhealthy changes increases risk of premature aging and even skin cancers.
A Safe, Effective Treatment for Sun Damage
IPL, an advanced light technology that targets damaged cells, is one of the best ways to treat sun damaged skin. A trained clinician uses carefully targeted pulses of light to address overly pigmented, sun damaged areas. The light pulses stimulate the body to produce more collagen over time, smoothing the surface of the skin and evening the skin tone. Eliminating pigment issues can require more than one treatment, but the process is minimally invasive and there’s little to no downtime. The results are stunning!
To determine if you are a candidate, meet with a SkinCenter physician who will review your medical history, evaluate your skin damage, perform an examination and explain your treatment options. This is not a substitute, however, for annual skin cancer checks. Appropriateness of the treatment depends on your skin tone and condition, as well as the extent of the sun damage. Your SkinCenter physician may recommend other treatment options, including the DermaPen method of skin resurfacing.
Fall is a Fantastic Time for Skin Rejuvenation
During this and other laser treatments it is important to avoid tanning. You’ll want to use sunscreen throughout this period to help your complexion heal. With this in mind, fall and winter are really the best times to schedule IPL treatments: the shorter days mean fewer hours of daylight, more time spent indoors and less risk of exposure from less intense rays from the sun.
Most treatments work gradually, with your body’s natural processes to remove damaged cells, which means you’ll see improvement over the course of weeks. Your SkinCenter physician will go over an individualized timeline with you so you’ll know what to expect. If you’re like most people and want to have beautiful skin for the holiday season, the time to schedule your IPL treatment is now!