How to Atone for Your Summer Sun Sins with a Laser Treatment

Laser skin treatments for sun damage concept. Woman happily floating in the water in a swimming pool.For most of us, the warmer months were a welcome break from having to stay inside. However, enjoying too much of the sunshine may have wreaked havoc on your skin. Another summer has come and gone, and maybe you are now seeing the aftereffects of its worship.

Why is summer synonymous with skin damage? This is because UV rays are at their strongest during this time. Daily sun exposure can accelerate aging skin to include the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin laxity.

The good news is that there are laser skin treatments for sun damage that can help address these signs of early aging.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Intense pulsed light or IPL therapy uses a handheld device to deliver pulses of broad-spectrum light. The device is passed over the skin’s surface to reach the deep layers of the skin. While not technically a laser, these scattered light pulses are perfect for targeting areas of sun-induced discoloration such as melasma, freckles, dark spots.

Laser Skin Tightening

Non-ablative lasers like the Alma ClearLift offer a gentler alternative to traditional laser skin resurfacing. These types of lasers can help correct sun-related skin concerns without the need for extended downtime and can be used on all skin types.

Considered a lunchtime treatment, non-ablative laser treatments typically take less than an hour to target fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity and hyperpigmentation. Since there is virtually no downtime, you’re able to get back to your normal activities following your treatment.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

The CO2 laser is known as the gold standard in skin resurfacing. Fractional CO2 lasers use high levels of fractionated thermal energy to penetrate deep within the skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact. This method helps trigger your body’s natural healing process while allowing for a quicker recovery.

Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing offers more dramatic results in fewer treatments. However, the recovery is a bit more extensive as your skin goes through cell-turnover and continues to heal.

These types of lasers are excellent for treating more profound sun damage such as skin laxity, correcting skin tone and texture and smoothing away the deeper lines and creases.

If your face is in need of a post-summer refresh, the team at Kramer Plastic Surgery can help. To learn more about your treatment options or to schedule your consultation, call our Meridian office today at 208-344-4900 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.