The sun’s effects are seen on the skin in both the short and long term, and it’s the latter that can frustrate many people as they age. Excessive sun exposure over the years can have several effects on your skin and appearance, as well as your skin health itself.
At the offices of Dr. Steven Jepson MD, we can help if you’re dealing with long-term skin changes due to sun exposure. One of our top medical spa treatments for both this and related skin issues is the photofacial – what is this, how does it work, and why should you be concerned about this sun damage in the first place?
Problems With Sun Damage
The results of overexposure to the sun over the years can be significant, both aesthetically and in terms of your skin health. The latter is the greater area of long-term importance – too much unchecked exposure heavily increases your risk for skin cancer and other conditions, which can be life-threatening in many cases.
On the visual side, though, the effects can also be quite noticeable. Sun exposure leads many people to look older than they are as they age, with skin that’s discolored and wrinkled. This in turn can lead to major self confidence and self-esteem issues, which cause stress and a lack of enjoyment from life that no one should have to deal with.
How Photofacials Work
Luckily, a photofacial can reverse many of these effects. Photofacials use what’s called IPL therapy, short for Intense Pulsed Light. This technology targets the pigments in the skin causing the discoloration, reducing this discoloration by reaching the root cause of it. Photofacials can penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin that may have been causing the color issues.
Treatments and Results
In certain cases, you’ll only need a single photofacial treatment to see major improvements to your skin. But for most people, we recommend multiple treatments, usually in a series of three to five treatments, separated by about three to five weeks in between treatments.. It’s also possible to pair up photofacials with some of our other treatments – Genesis Lifestyle Medical can tell you if this is something he’d recommend in your case.
Photofacial sessions are quick with only mild discomfort associated with them. They come with essentially no downtime – you can return to work the same day as your procedure, if you want. In the days following your treatment, you’ll notice your pigmented skin areas darken further, before rising to the surface and eventually just flaking right off. In addition, you may see the following benefits:
Reduction in unwanted brown spots
Help with rosacea or generalized redness
For more on the photofacial and how it helps with both sun damage and other areas, or to learn about any of our Botox, laser treatments or other medical spa services, speak to the staff at the offices of Dr. Steven Jepson MD today.