submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Licensed Aesthetician, Aesthetics Director, The Spa at Lifestyle
Sun damage is one of the more easy conditions to treat. It can be lifted to the surface with either a laser or a chemical agent. If you have clearly defined, flat, dark spots on the skin and your skin is significantly lighter than the spots, you’re most likely a candidate for an Alexandrite Laser – Pigmented Lesion Removal Treatment. This laser loves melanin – so the darker the spot the better. Some spots can disappear immediately. If the spots are somewhat lighter, it may take a few treatments to lift the spots safely to the surface. You’ll have only a little downtime, but nothing significant.
Now, if your spots are more like freckles and appear all over, like a mask, you’re probably a better candidate for chemical peels or a fractional laser.
Chemical peels will address pigmented areas by lifting the damaged cells to the surface. It’s crucial to be using your retinols, lightening ingredients and antioxidants at home, and to stay committed to an every 2-4 week program, for at least six months. An ideal combination chemical peel for sun-damaged skin is a blend of Kojic and Lactic acids, both of which are designed to exfoliate and lighten skin. You won’t shed much skin, but that’s not necessarily the goal.
If you’re looking for a more expedited treatment, the Clear + Brilliant Perméa Laser is the latest technology. This is a fractional laser for rejuvenation and pigmentation. The Clear + Brilliant Perméa is designed to address early signs of aging, melasma and sun damage. It is optimized to bring you a brighter, more even skin tone and enhances your skins permeability. Results are desirable and there is a minimal downtime period.