“Sun-damaged skin” actually refers to a variety of pigmentary and textural changes in the skin, The term “photoaging” is often used to describe the process from which multiple dermatologic conditions develop from chronic exposure to solar UV, including solar lentigines, seborrheic keratoses, telangiectases, cherry angiomas, elastosis of the skin, Skin Peel and skin cancer.
Despite numerous calls to use sun block and avoid direct sun exposure, and, to a certain degree, more compliant behavior from patients in this area, the effects of years of overexposure to the sun cannot be erased by simply avoiding the sun going forward.
The brown, patchy spots of skin—sun or age spots—and other benign pigmentary lesions as a result of sun overexposure are common dermatologic complaints, There are several treatment remedies for melanocytic hyperpigmentation, ranging from fade creams (usually containing hydroquinone in 2% to 4% concentration), and retinoids that lighten the epidermal lesion to facial peels, Facial Rejuvenation Melbourne, liquid nitrogen freezing, and laser therapy.
In particular, alexandrite lasers, long known for their hair removal capabilities, in part because of their high melanin absorption coefficient levels, are also excellent at treating a variety of pigmented lesions, including those resulting from excessive sun exposure.
This article reports on the use of the GentleLASE 755 nm alexandrite laser from Candela on treating photo-damaged skin.