Now the summer’s over, are you paying the price for a bit too much sun?
Sun damage causes flat areas of darker pigmentation to appear on your skin. These are often called “age spots” or “liver spots” but, since they are caused by sun exposure, “sun spots” would be a better epithet.
Excessive or darkened freckles are another indication of damage from prolonged sun exposure.
We offer treatments to help undo the damage.
What is sun damage?
When UV radiation from the sun hits your skin it damages the cells in your epidermis. This causes your body to produce more melanin (a natural pigment) as a defence against further harm. This is what gives you a suntan – so a tan is not a sign of health and vitality, it’s a sign of damaged skin.
Over time this can lead to increased freckles and permanent areas of darker pigmentation on the skin, which may fade in the winter or be present year-round.
Exposure to these damaging UV rays is also the most common cause of skin cancer.
When to see your GP
While the visual signs of sun damage might be considered nothing more than a nuisance, the possible changes within your skin caused by UV radiation can be far more serious. It can cause raised, rough patches (Actinic keratoses) and can lead to skin cancer.
The NHS advises that you should see your GP if:
“you have any skin abnormality, such as a lump, ulcer, lesion or skin discolouration that has not healed after 4 weeks. While it’s unlikely to be skin cancer, it’s best to be sure.”
Our treatments for sun damage
We offer three treatments which specifically target areas of sun damage:
Laser pigmentation removal
Our state-of-the-art laser resurfacing system can be used to target areas of sun damage, including “sun spots”. Through a process called photo-rejuvenation the laser light penetrates the damaged part of the skin and triggers your body’s natural healing processes.
The laser treatment will quickly remove the visible signs of sun damage and, with repeated treatments, may remove it altogether. However, it isn’t always a permanent solution and the pigmented areas may return.
This treatment injects nutritious ingredients directly into the problem areas of your skin. The blend of nutrients is tailored to your skin type and the results you are seeking.
This can be effective in reducing the appearance of “sun spots” (ie age spots/liver spots) particularly when used alongside the recommended tropical skincare products.
Through removing old, dead skin cells and promoting new growth, chemical peels are an effective way of minimising areas of sun damage. After the treatment your skin should look and feel rejuvenated with a smoother and healthier complexion.
Prevention is better than cure
It may be too late to prevent the sun damage you already have, but you can certainly take steps to avoid further damage.
Read our blog about how to protect yourself from damaging UV rays – and make sure you apply this advice on sunny days at any time of year, not just in the summer.
Find out which sun damage treatment will work for you
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the sun damage you wish to deal with, so our experts can advise on the best course of treatment.